Fri. Dec 9th, 2022

Are you the parent of a child with autism that has behavioral difficulty at school? Does your school continually discipline your child for the behavior, rather than trying positive behavioral supports and plans? Would you like to learn about a few tactics that some special education personnel use in relation to behavior? This article will give you a few tactics to watch out for in advocating for your child.

The Tactics that I have seen are:

1. Suspending children over and over, for more than 10 days at a time, and refusing to consider positive behavioral supports. Special education personnel are not supposed to rely on punishment in the long term to change behavior; though it does not work anyway.

2. Special education personnel often state that the child’s behavior is not part of their disability, so that they may give them long term suspensions and expulsions. This review is to determine if the behavior is part of the child’s disability. If not, then the child can be punished as if they did not have a disability. Parents must take the MDR process very seriously and advocate for their child to prevent this.

3. Putting children in an Interim Alternative Educational Placement (IAES) for behavior that does not fall, under the three special circumstances category. IDEA allows for placement for 45 days in an IAES for 3 reasons: drugs, dangerous weapon, and causing serious bodily harm on school property. I have seen many children placed in IAES’s for behavior that does not fall under the three categories, which can be detrimental to their education.

4. More and more school districts are resorting to calling the police for behavior of children with disabilities. Children with autism are especially at risk.!

Jan. 14, 2008 An ABC news report stated that an 8 year old Idaho girl with Aspergers was arrested after a scuffle with her teacher. She was taken out of the school in handcuffs and arrested for battery. Her mother was horrified at her daughter’s treatment, at the hands of special education personnel that were supposed to work with her. The prosecutor Mr. Towry refused to press charges! Dr. Pauline Filipek of Irvine California stated that the schools reaction to the behavior was inappropriate. The parents are considering a law suit against the school district.

5. More and more school districts are using restraint and seclusion on children with disabilities, for behavioral difficulties. Prone restraint (child is face down) has been linked to quite a few deaths and serious injuries. Seclusion can cause children receiving special education services to develop emotional disturbances. Insist that your child’s IEP have a statement that Restraint or Seclusion will not be used for your child.

By understanding these tactics you will be ready in case any of these happen to your child. Continue to advocate for the use of positive behavioral supports which will help your child be educationally successful Good Luck!

By rahul