Originally Posted by VR
My 3rd (of 4) sons has Asperger's.
The word that comes to mind for most of the teacher's behavior is "hideous". He's had 2 teachers in 8 years that have actually 'gotten it'.....and I'm convinced it's not because of any specialized training, it's because they were genuine, sincere humans who understood their ability to positively impact lives. Especially lives that aren't given too much value because they can't learn in the same manner as the rest of their students.
Also a parent of a kid with Asperger's. We've had similar poor luck with teachers, and it always seems to boil down to the same thing- whether or not they have the right perspective on what it takes to educate a kid on the spectrum.
Secondly, when it comes to special education, my own experience tells me that schools struggle to meet the criteria of IDEA
because it's competing with other services for resources. I don't know how many times I've heard a principal tell me they don't have money for an aide even though it's clearly required under our son's IEP. What I've come to believe is that this is a strategy- if they BS everyone, then only a certain percentage will know enough to call them on it. When I see something like this, the first thing that comes to mind is that this school is probably doing as little as it can to comply with federal law, as opposed to doing what's necessary to actually provide the education for these kids that they are required to.