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Is it common for a child with compound disorder seizures and asbergers to be kicked out of a class room in public school?

My 8 year old grandson has been diagnosed with compound disorder seizures and asbergers.  He is now being kicked out of his class room at school and they are planning to place him in a special class with disciplinary actions for bad behavior.  Is this common for a public school?
In Topics: Autism & Aspergers Syndrome, My child's grandparent(s)
> 60 days ago

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LouiseSattler
Nov 6, 2009
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What the Expert Says:

Thank you for writing to JustAsk!

I am reading your note and a hope that I can provide to you some suggestions that may ameliorate this difficult situation.

First, please have the parents attend any meetings together.  They may wish to consider having a special education advocate attend the meeting with them in order to help "decipher" the special education "lingo" and to help your grandson receive education that is the best possible situation for him at the present time.  If you are the legal guardian to your grandson then please consider the recommendations above.

Also, you may wish to have a physician or a specialist who helps families with relatives with a seizure disorder to send a memorandum to school meetings or to attend a meeting in order to discuss the behaviors that are typical of a child with concomitant seizure disorder and Asbergers syndrome.. (This would most likely involve a fee absorbed by the parents or yourself if you are a guardian.)

The goal of an IEP is for a child to achieve academic skills in the least restrictive environment and to the best of their abilities.  If your grandson is not meeting with academic success and is deteriorating in school then a change of the IEP could be an epected outcome.  There might be several changes made such as where services are given (Eg. a classroom that is self-contained) and how intense the services are offered (such as less students and an increase of teachers in the room).  In addition, other professionals may become involve.  For example your grandson may be meeting on a regular basis with a behavioral specialist or a school psychologist.  Intensity of services and a change of classroom should not be construed as being sent to the "bad room".  Many times this smaller setting with more opportunity for teacher and student interaction makes for a recipe for academic and behavioral improvements.

  If you are truly concerned, then ask the parents (or yourself, if legal guardian) to visit the classroom during the course of the day.  Most school districts have an open door policy although security measures may require calling in advance and bringing two forms of identification.  Also, make an appointment with the school counselor, psychologist or behavioral specialist to assist with a home-school program in order to try and improve school success for your grandson.

Good luck!

Thank you for writing!

Louise Masin Sattler, NCSP
Nationally Certified School Psychologist
Owner of Signing Families
http://www.SigningFamilies.com

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LindaJ
LindaJ writes:
Yes, it is a common strategy due to what may school site as school policy.  However, as you know Aspergers' Syndrome is on the Autism Spectrum. You may need to obtain counsel from an special education advocate, or/and discuss the matter with the clients rights advocate of your Regional Center.  In addition, seizures can manifest themselves as behavior, consult with a neurologist. The bottom line is that his behavior is a manifestation of his duel diagnoses.  Hopefully, you have requested a Functional Analysis and a Behavior Intervention Plan have been implemented.  If not you (parent or legal guardian) have the right to make this request. School intellectual testing is not comprehensive enough to address your grandson's issues, or remediate them.

Good Luck  
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