Md - posted on 05/17/2012 ( 9 moms have responded )
This must be the usual dilemma most parents face in deciding which class suits the best for her child. My son was mainstreamed from preschool to K (aide in K & speech resource class).He has no behavioral issues inside or outside the class .He will usually day dream or talk off topic or do mostly parallel play which is where the aide needs to intervene.
During his annual IEP(he will be in grade1 this fall) , he scored low average in maths and oral language.But with overall score he did not qualify for special ed based on his evaluation and his criteria "speech". Since I knew this was coming I had given them his latest private eval which had dx of autism. The school did accept this and made him eligible for special ed changing his criteria from speech to autism.
Now they are advising me to put him in a special day class (mild to moderate).They want to take off the aide stating that he is bcoming dependant on her & the special day class has less kids(15 kids curriculum K-grade1) so more attention,more social skill classes.
On one hand I feel like a mainstream classroom would be good for him because of the cognitive/academic and peer modeling benefits, he has no behavioral issues but I also have a hard time imagining him getting much out of it as the class moves at too fast a pace for his learning style and how much the aide will help him.
I also worry that the self-contained autism classroom might not provide as much academic benefit, and others have cautioned me about the risk of him picking up problematic behaviors from the other kids in the autism classroom (my son models behaviors from others a lot) I don't know if this is a realistic concern or not.
Also I was told once i go in special day class its hard to be back to mainstream speciallly wth an aide.(if i ask for aide they will have reasons to continue him in special day) is that true????
I do not trust the school as with budget cuts they will always try to save money which is their concern more than my son.
I am soooooo confused :(
I would appreciate some advice from you parents that have been there/done that!