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  • in reply to: How old is too old for a "tattle book"? #102270

    Thank you all for your replies– I read each and every one. I will say, I am a very involved parent. I am also an employee at the same school. Is this a good combination? Not in my experience. I think it’s very difficult for a child who’s parent works in the same school, because it almost puts a magnifying glass on them. My son, as I said, is in a small contained classroom. 4 students in total, two of which push into regular ed classes at different parts of the day. Last year my son pushed into some classes as well, this year he is not. Why- I have no idea. I was never even told that he’s not pushing in- and I work there. He has an IEP, and has since pre-school. Our school is very small, with only one classroom per grade.. with the exception of his room which is still fairly new to our school. Also, I am not a fan of fidget spinners myself in school..the fidgeting that he got in trouble for in the library- was moving his own thumbs on his own body, while listening to a story that he was very interested in. You don’t get a much quieter “fidget” than that. We have parent teacher conferences coming up at the end of November, and I’m curious to see how he is even doing grade wise, because I have not seen a single graded paper come home yet. So if things in my original post shocked anyone, I wonder what this one will do lol. I do advocate for my son– I requested that he receive AIS in math two years ago, because I was constantly being told “he’s struggling in math”..yet wondered why I knew students in my room were going for AIS and he never was. He did get AIS- but not without being met with attitude from the provider- because it was MY request. I looked up the guidelines for AIS and it says right in there that parents can request it, and he qualified. I just wish that those of us who do want more for our children, who do want them to get the extra help, who have gone through numerous appointments, evaluations, testing, etc. to get them the help, were met at least half way. I have parents that don’t want their kids evaluated, just say “boys will be boys”, don’t want the stigma of an IEP or 504 for their child, so they will just be in denial. My son has been evaluated upside down and sideways, and the school has all of these records. They have recommendations from Dr. Vincent Monastra- an ADHD “guru” in my opinion, and recommendations from the center that diagnosed him with ASD- who has people that would be willing to come out to the school to help with the classroom environment, staff training, behavioral plans, etc. Anyway, I don’t want to go off on another rant. I just wanted to thank you all for your feedback.

  • in reply to: Lunch Accommodations Added to an IEP #92145

    I could have written this, and probably have before lol. My son is very small for his age (10 1/2 yrs and less than 40 lbs), and we have had trouble on and off for several years with getting “permission” for him to drink a pediasure at school in addition to his lunch. Between his ADHD and ASD, the cafeteria is way overwhelming for him, and he often comes home with little to none of his lunch having been eaten.
    Then they wonder why his focus is so off for the rest of the day. His ADHD meds really put a damper on his appetite, and he really doesn’t get hungry until about an hour after school and into the evening. He burns off everything he does eat, so even if he eats several snacks and two dinners in the evening, there isn’t anything sticking to help him gain weight. At one time I was told that it could be added to his IEP, and then was told no- it would have to be handled through the school nurse, and we would need something from his pediatrician. I now have a letter from his pediatrician for the school year (you need to do it every year) that has his pediasure written as a prescription. I’m sure we could go further, with other high calorie, high fat foods, but our school doesn’t have the food gestapo, we don’t have to worry about that.. yet. I would definitely have the pediatrician write something up and give it to the school nurse to keep on file, make a copy for the office, and also a copy for his teacher.

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