rlj007 asks:

7 year old son with mild/moderate autism, behind in school. cecerns are being brushed off by the teacher and the principle. What next?

My son who is 7 and in the first grade has autism. He is mainstreamed in the general classroom but in the classroom he has only taken 1 spelling test (the whole 9 weeks) while the others took 1 every week. I have asked the teacher to show me some assessments she has for him and after 3 weeks and asking her several times, still no assessments. I have spoken with the principle and she said she would call a meeting but last week but she hasn't called me back yet. The EC teacher went to another school and he has had a sub in the EC room since christmas. What next, what else should i do and what should a mom of a son with autism be concerned about?
In Topics: Working with school administrators, Special needs, Autism & Aspergers Syndrome
> 60 days ago



Feb 2, 2012
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What the Expert Says:

Hello and thank you for writing to JustAsk!

I can see that you are experiencing some frustration and so sorry this is the case.  Many states have autism support groups who have parent and educational advocacy supporters available. You can find this information with a google search, via AutismSpeaks.org (perhaps) or going to your local library and inquiring. (They often have materials just for this circumstance)

Also, you can put your request in WRITING for a meeting. This officially sets a clock according to special education guidelines. To read more about this please go to http://www.WrightsLaw.com or http://www.Nasponline.org (parent tab)

Good luck!

Louise Sattler, NCSP

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