I have struggled with the public school. I have also been an advocate to my DS and other kids who struggle with SPD.
I am very fortunate to have my twin boys in a school where they can thrive. Become whole. Learn the skills they need. This was not the case in March of last year. We continue our struggle. Chris has a visual processing disorder. He is being tested for CAPD. His OT has stated that she feels like Chris functions like a person with SPD. He is in Special Ed.
The sped department was run by 1 woman for 20 years who left abruptly, taking the program with her. We now have a brand new special education teacher . A girl.
She cares! She is just green. She does not know the law. She does not know SPD.
I have spent the past 18 months researching, learning and accepting the challenge of making sure the program can help all students. It’s constantly micro-managing the team. Creating the tools we need to help the children.
Chris is a student with sensory issues. Chris has self-esteem!
Not many teachers, let alone administrators understand children with sensory issues. It all becomes about the adults. AND money. Not the child. It’s painstaking. Chris has an IEP and I hold his teachers and administrators accountable for their actions. Because if not, there is a reaction which holds Chris back from receiving FAPE.
His teachers thank me for my knowledge and passion to help this kid! All kids. They let me know that I have helped them become a better teacher. I know at the end of the day that we CAN and WILL bridge the gap. But it takes a village. All of us must be proactive. Its hard work, but we do it to serve, we become better educators because of the challenge.
Chris and Charlie are in the same class, for the first time. Their teacher for 4th grade includes 15 minutes each day to sensory exercises for the whole class. Charlie has commented how great it is. This would not have happened if this education was not provided to them on the needs of kiddos with SPD. This teacher has a classroom full of movers. She understands.
Chris goes to the gym for 15 minutes each day and gets on the pogo stick or the vew-do board, sometimes Bal A VisX, he needs to move to learn. They will start Celebrate the Beat, a 3 week intense movement program that results in a synchronized dance performance. This starts in a few weeks! All children are involved grades 3-5. Sensory movement, 5 times a week. Thank you!
Teachers care and they do their best with love and compassion for all children,but they also must comply within the administration which pays their way to keep their job. The administration is where my issues arise. Money and Adults. It’s sad, but true.
As a parent I am actively educating my children along with their teachers, peers and family. This means we are continually learning, researching, and helping them evolve into successful adults. It’s our way of helping them learn that we all need to work to survive and pay it forward.