Is it an appropriate placement for a child with Tourette to be put in an SED (Severely Emotionally Disabled) class to learn social skills?
My grandson has TS and has been put in an SED class for a portion of each day to learn social skills. He is also in an LD class for math each day. It took from February 2006 until May 2008 to even have the situation acknowledged under Other Health Impaired and not SED. However the school insisted that he needs the SED class to learn social skills. We don't see any difference and it is cutting into his academics. SED is the new name for BEH (Behaviourly and Emotionally Handicapped).
Thank you for writing to JustAsk about your grandson. There are many layers to Tourette Syndrome (TS). Some children have a complicated mix of the tic disorder along with other behavior or learning disorders (such as LD).
What is most important is does the program that your grandson is involved with meet his needs? Are there educational, social-emotional, behavioral, etc. objectives in his IEP (the individualized educational plan, if he resides in the United States).
Many times children with different learning challenges will be incorporated in to one classroom. If there are concerns then the parent or guardian may ask to reconvene with the educational multi-disciplinary team and have outlined the goals, objectives and methods for attaining goals discussed in previous meetings.
Good luck and perhaps your grandson would enjoy the website below. It is a website created for Jaylen Arnold. A nine year old with Tourette Syndrome and how he has created a forum for others to chat safely and also how he wants to others to learn about TS and not bully those with learning challenges.
Louise Masin Sattler, NCSP
Nationally Certified School Psychologist
Owner of SigningFamilies.com
Host of Learning and Laughter with Louise!
Sometimes, but your description lacks any markers to suggest it, or not.
I have long disliked the idea of both labels, and fortunately, some States no longer allow kids those...most responsible schools do everything possible to mainstream kids...those really needing extra help are shadowed by teachers, or aides with the training to assist the mainstream teacher.
If your grandson has no problems beyond TS, he should spend very little time in a "Resource Room". Should his time there extend beyond a period, he's got something going on beyond that, it's either very serious, or they suck!