How to protect my child from the politically correct, zero tolerance and ignorant school personnel. They take 6 hours of Special Ed continuing Education, and believe they know it all. I’ve lived with my son for 16 years and will never know it all.
The behavior that you are speaking of is unacceptable from any school personnel. They are supposed to be the professional, and they should always conduct themselves in a professional manner. The great thing is that the law is on your side when it comes to special education, and sometimes your son’s teachers may need a reminder of that.
- Offer the teachers suggestions on how to handle your son. The problem with his teachers may be that they do not have experience working with children with Aspergers. It may be a good idea if you offer suggestions to help them overcome their zero tolerance attitudes. You may want to call the school to talk to your son’s teachers, or you may want to write them a letter explaining various ways to have a good school relationship with your son.
- Meet with his teachers before school starts. It may be a good idea to meet with his teacher before they meet your son and bring your son’s IEP. You can discuss the educational accommodations and modification that work best for your son. The teacher should appreciate the fact that they have great sources of information about your son’s needs before they ever meet him. If you meet them before they meet your son, you are helping them to get off to a good start.
- Meet with all school personnel if the problem does not get better. It is possible that you still will experience issues with his teachers’ lack of understanding. You should contact the principal of the school to have a meeting with the principal and the teachers that are still having issues understanding your son’s needs. At this time, you should remind them of the needs outlined in his IEP and remind them that they must follow the instructions in the IEP because it is the law.
- Seek an advocate to help you with his teachers. A special education advocate can always bring about the change that you want to see in your son’s teachers. He or she is an expert in special education laws, and they have no problem outlining these aspects of the law or challenging these individuals to do their jobs or suffer the consequences of the law. Teachers can lose their jobs if they do not follow the guidance of IEPs.
Those teachers that you have problems with helping your son may need to enroll in special education professional development sessions. Some schools offer these options for teachers who need help working with special needs children. Continue to do what you do so that your son’s educational needs are met.