Wow, what a rough time. I feel for you and I hope things progress in a happier and better fashion SOON.
ive got one...this is the really sad part. last year, when he first started school, one of the aides through an absolute titty baby fit because he had to be tube fed 4 times during the school day..she said they didnt have time, and refused to do it, so we had to get a disability attorney up there to set them straight. then they started checking his stomach contents with a syringe, as a sort of underhanded method of saying he had too much in his tummy to be tube fed, and that they would have to postpone it. i put a stop to that real quick, and they tried it again this year. i also found out that they are making him "sit out" at recess because he shoves people, when i told them that he pushes people to get their attention. whatever, luckily this attorney is really on the ball and hopefully can get him in that program. i have to go by and meet the teachers and staff first though. i almost feel like the school wants to do the bare minimum of pretty much anything.
the deaf school wont take him, i already tried that...they said that they have delayed kids, but not kids as delayed as frank, and kids that require tube feeding. that sucks because my husbands friend went there, and he did just fine! im open to the communication devices but i honestly think they are nonexistent at this school. they are using switches and such, but that is hardly a communication device.
they are wanting to do verbal only, with a picture board and the communication device...no sign language at all.
it is a public school, and i found out from frankies audiologist that there is an awesome all deaf/disabled program in the next town..apparently they have kids like frank, who are deaf but really delayed, and its almost like they immerse the kids in sign language. i plan on pushing for that, if it checks out ok. these people are just really half assed about everything!
no. they are "on the spectrum" or they have behavioral issues. seriously, these kids talk, play, do kindergarten age appropriate activities...i have no idea why they have put them in a class for kids like frank..or maybe frank is the only kid like him there, which is more likely. i begged them to hold him back and keep him in the old classroom, because it ended up working out really well, he had an aide who was really good to him and doted over him, but they said they dont have the room. they did suggest shipping him to this other school for "lower functioning" kids. but none of them are deaf though, frank is the only one. which is why they are being so stupid over teaching him sign language. the teacher said sign language isnt a long term solution and he will never have a chance at being independent.