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Susan:  The parents of a learner with autism requested the district to allow him to remain in my class a few more months–up to a year. The child is in 5th grade, and has been in my class for 3 years. When he started out, he was non-verbal, and not very sociable. Now he speaks in sentences (when he speaks), is engaged with his peers, and participates in all our activities.
His parents are trying to sell their house now, and move out of state. They are concerned about the transitions- to middle school, and then another transition when they move again. He has done well in my class, and they are afraid he will go backwards with these transitions.Also, his birthday is in late November so he is a YOUNG 5th grader. The district denied their request.
Can the parents retain him if they feel a few more months (or whenever it takes to sell their house)?
What do you recommend they do to retain their son?

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Susan, this is a tough situation and I don’t have enough information about the child or his progress to provide advice. If I was the child’s parent, I would consult with a child psych or SLP in the private sector, get testing if they recommended it, ask for their professional opinion.