Sometimes, the public school is not the correct choice for a special needs child. Many schools don’t have facilities and staff they can devote to meet all needs of this population.
They just don’t. This child needs a One to One staff to go through the school day with him, probably for the entire school year.
My son wears noise-cancelling headphones in his class room. Putting him in a tiled bathroom (the acoustics!) would be torture for him.
I once had an office for a year in a bathroom. At least the plumbing had been removed, although capped pipes still protruded from the walls.
I wonder, did the school have no closets that could be converted into tiny classrooms? Why did they choose a bathroom?
You know it’s bad when it’s the kids who learn in a quiet environment who are the ones who have to leave the room.
My younger brother took a cardboard refrigerator box cut down just about in half to school. It had three sides. The teacher put it around him to remove distractions. He sat in the front row with the open end facing forward.
It worked. His grades improved immediately.
Where do you suggest they put him? If it was a classroom restroom then I’m sure it was cleaned and it wasn’t still used as a restroom. And the teachers were right there in the classroom. Sounds like the best solution all around.
If he’s that bad off, he shouldn’t be in school but a facility that can meet his extra special needs.
Autism *and* an immune disorder? Good God...what’s this kid doing in a regular school?
OMG!!! The idiots could not set up ONE table for him in the school library??? And rather than train a librarian assistant to help him out, they’d have no one assigned to the rest room!!! Those who dreamed up the idea should be “kicked out of school”.
While in the general sense yes, autism, ADHD, and excessive-compulsive diagnosis have expanded by what symptoms and conditions now can qualify those problems, but in specific terms autism is a real, not a made-up problem that differs from outright mental impairment by physical brain defect.
In spite of the difficulties and individual case issues, by a certain age controlled socializing is part of behavior treatment that can often help a child overcome the worst results of their autism. Sending all such kids to classrooms well only such kids are present, can be like sending a nearly sane person to an insane asylum - not “therapeutic”, just more depressing than real life with all its struggles with “normal” people. Autism rarely improves in such conditions. And “homeschooling”? No parent should accept that idea before first getting a lot of training for it and a lot of soul searching about whether they are strong enough to take it on. It takes more than loving understanding, few parents are trained and just as many are not strong enough for the “tough love” parts that training the autistic has to have.
Until we quit confiscating tax money for schools and refusing to give EVERY parent 100% free choice of where their kid’s portion of that revenue ought to be spent, then yes, I think public schools and their budgets have to accommodate appropriate educational opportunity for the autistic child, and a restroom in now way can be part of that.
When parents are finally given vouchers (twice a year) that equal 100% of the federal, state and local per K-12 student share of revenue dedicated K-12 education, to pay for ANY (whatsoever ANY) school of their choice, THEN the parents of autistic kids will learn on their own which schools are better for them, and chose them.
Mainstreaming of autistic children is just as bad for the child as it is for the other students who are trying to learn.
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