The "special needs" Classroom
I recently took a job as an educational aide for a class of autistic kids. I have a son with FX, so I am not new to this type kid. However, the teacher in this class has a MS in SpEd from a prestigious university, and does pretty much nothing at all with these kids.
There are usually 3 aides (11 kids for now---getting an additional teacher in October), but she leaves all the work to us---OK by us, but she also gives us NO instruction on what to do with these kids, what they should be working on, what their capabilities are---none of that.
We have 3 screamers, and one biter. After 2 weeks, I look like I have been in a fight. And yes, the mother is totally aware. She has seen her child in action.
The classroom is terribly unequipped with even the basics. She leaves no lesson plans (since she obviously HAS no lesson plans!), and one day when she was out, I needed pencils for the kids, and there were none. No paper either. I got some from the office, but this is deplorable!
I have spent 18 years with my Fraggle, was involved with his schools, and teachers, and I would jerk him out of this class in a heartbeat.
This is nothing but daycare, and a chaotic one at that! GRRRRRRRRRRRRR! Oh, and did I mention that school has been going on for 6 weeks now?
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