Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Hot topic: Special education

An SF K Files visitor asked me to start the following thread:
Most of the threads on sf k files address general education. I'd like to hear about parents' experiences with special education. Does anyone have recommendations for a moderate/severe or mild/moderate program? Would anyone like to share about their experiences with inclusion? Would you recommend a TEACCH program or a High-Functioning Autism program?

8 comments:

  1. My son is on the spectrum (autism), and we are thrilled with the inclusion program at Miraloma.

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  2. 10:26, thank you.

    Can you tell us more about Miraloma? What works for you there?

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  3. Lakeshore has a good Inclusion/Specal Ed team. If you're comfortable with a very big school (3 stories and sprawled out) with 500+ students then this is a good school to consider. They have several paraprofessionals, a Speech & Language Therapist and an OT. They really do try to support special needs kids it's just a really big school with A LOT of kids which alone can be reason to hesitate. It's a bit overwhelming for a kid, especially one with SI

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  4. Its very hard to understand special children. There are lots of Special education programs. You can also take online classes for special education. Distance education has made the task much easier and flexible.

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  5. Be careful with the designation your child receives. Make sure you know ALL the ramifications. Inclusion, for example, severely limits your ability to transfer (if you become unhappy with your current school) and the number of middle schools you can apply to. It also can be hard to change a designation once your kid gets labeled with it. For example, we really don't think our kid needs the inclusion designation, but, every time we raise taking it away, the school says that the result will be virtually no services for our kid!

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  6. Can anyone comment surrounding how the inclusion programs work? The teacher makes special assignments for the included child?

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  7. The inclusion teacher helps the regular teacher adapt materials as necessary. This teacher might also create visual schedules or other visuals, educate the regualar teacher about the student's needs, provide tutoring, e encourage close communication between all school-based service providers and parents, ensure compliance with the IEP, or facilitate social interaction between the student and peers.

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  8. signed to your rss

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