Special Ed In Kindergarten For SPD?

by Roxy
(New York)

I believe that my son is very inteligent and because he has sensory and processing issues they placed him in special ed I just want to know if that is the right move for him?


The SPD Help Line Answers...


Hi Roxy,

There are many reasons they might have placed him in Special Ed. You need to ask why, or ask for the evaluation and paper work they submitted in order to place him in Special Ed.

Sometimes classes being loud can create a non-pleasant learning environment to the point of distraction for your son as well as other classmates? Is he hypo or hyper sensitive? This makes a difference as to his sensory needs and how he handles his sensory stressors. Does your son need social skills? (For example, it gets loud and he shuts down or strikes out) This is very common, but to be in a general ed class you must have social skills that are acceptable for the WHOLE classroom. Placing a child in a corner with ear muffs on to drown out loud noises will hinder not help. Or, if your son needs a sit & fidget seat (a sensory seat that your child sits on that moves when the child moves to create constant motion, fullfilling that sensory need). Or maybe he has oral issues and a chewy to bite on during class could be what he needs?

Sometimes parents don't see why the early intervention is so important; it's better to correct a problem when children are acceptable and compassionate than when they are in their teens and led by peer pressure, when teasing can become unbearable.

Maybe the teacher did not explain WHY your child is in Special Ed? (Personally, I would rather a child be in a Special Ed class at his age w/say 10 students vs. a General Ed class w/27 kids).
The path they will walk in the following years will be much easier when they learn the social skills necessary to interact w/ society, and SPD often interferes with this process.

Additionally, the parents can ask for a re-evaluation if they feel he was not assessed properly. It is your right to ask for a meeting with the Special Ed Teacher as well as the Kindergarten Teacher and have them explain EXACTLY why your son was placed in Special Ed. You need a copy of any evaluation, and meetings that have taken place about your child along with his IEP you have to CONSENT for an IEP or Special Ed.

Always Do It Due Process. For more on special education laws and advocacy, go to www.wrightslaw.com .

I hope this helps. If you have any comments or further questions, feel free to submit them below. Anyone else have any input?? Let Roxy know! The more opinions/information the better!

Heidi~
Washington State SPDParentshare Host

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Dec 28, 2007
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by: Lori

Roxy:
Special Ed is not a bad thing IF you work closely with the school and utilize a positive and appropriate IEP (individualized education plan).

My son Brian (see my blog "We Had No Idea") went to "handicapped preschool" that's what they called special ed pre-school, for two years and then continued to be classified until the 3rd grade. He is an extremely intelligent individual - but the special ed gave him the "space" he needed at the time. Truthfully I did have to do quite a bit of "pushing" to make the school give him a challenging academic program while still meeting his other needs..but we all worked together and I am glad he was able to get the special services he needed in the beginning. My school had only 1/2 day kindergarten and one thing we did was to have Brian fully participate in the kindergarten class all morning - then stay an extra hour each day and work one on one with the special ed teacher on social skills, speech and OT. This was wonderful.
Good luck and stay on top of the school to be sure you are getting what you are entitled to.

Dec 14, 2007
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Special Ed Teacher And A Fellow Mom
by: JJ

Hi Roxy,
I have taught special ed. for many years, and have taken this year off to be with my 2 year old son, who has multiple sensory and speech "issues"- ones we are STILL trying to figure out.
I have taught a lot of students over the years that are VERY intelligent, it sounds like your son is as well.

Often, when we think of "Special Education" we think mental or physical impairment, lower intellegince. Try and think of it as the term implies... Specialized education... a special education teacher can do (and is mandated to do) what a general education teacher cannot: Design your sons education SPECIFICALLY for him, along with the general ed curriculum; he can receive many things that a student in general ed cannot. Also, IF he receives occupational therapy (OT) services through the school (i.e. FREE therapy) in order to get those services, they have to place him under the "special ed" ("specialized education") umbrella. OT may be the only service he recieves in spec. ed.

Most important: ASK a lot of questions-it is their job to explain why they think it is best for him, be an advocate for him. Heidi's info is great. I'll keep checking to see if you respond. You as a parent have more power than you realize.

Michele Mitchell responds... thank you so much for this additional information for Roxy! Much appreciated!!

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