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Old 03-05-2006, 04:13 PM   #1
3kidsmommy
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OT--IEP question

Is it possible to have reduced time at school written into an IEP? For instance, I think one of Chandler's main problems right now is he is getting far too overloaded goign to school 5 days a week. I think he would suceed far better going Monday and Tuesday--having Wednesday off of school and using that day for therapy only--and then going Thursday and Friday. Just wondering if you had ever heard of this being done?
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Old 03-05-2006, 04:44 PM   #2
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Hi! In the sytem I work for we do modified day for some students. They may stay 1/2 a day or whatever they need. I would think they should be able to work out a modified week schedule. If it is in the IEP then attendance should not be an issue. Ask your school sytem for a modified week, if they won't do that try modified day, if you think that would help Chandler.
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Old 03-05-2006, 06:00 PM   #3
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Is it possible to have reduced time at school written into an IEP? For instance, I think one of Chandler's main problems right now is he is getting far too overloaded goign to school 5 days a week. I think he would suceed far better going Monday and Tuesday--having Wednesday off of school and using that day for therapy only--and then going Thursday and Friday. Just wondering if you had ever heard of this being done?
Probably a lot depends on the particular teacher and principal....if he's in a mainstreamed class or not (still shouldn't make a difference but some would argue it should) and, of course your son in particular.
My daughter stared preschool (at age 3) going half days, and when they saw she could handle it they increased to full days, even though she took a nap, they figured she would still benefit from the extra time as the nap was not very long.
Also, the therapy you mention, would it be therapy provided by the school or "medical" therapy you take him to? Having that day for outside therapy might work but having the school provide school related therapy on a day he's not there for school would be an issue I imagine.

All that said, in a good school situation with good people on his team it should be able to happen.....Good luck!
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Old 03-05-2006, 07:02 PM   #4
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He goes on Wednesdays for 2 private therapies--OT and SLP. We do that in addition to the tiny bit the school provides. He gets SLP 2x a week at school and OT weekly--but only collaboration and they don't do a darn thing really. He is in a mainstreamed classroom, but really only for the non-learning times. He is in resource for math, english, etc. Basically 1/2 of his day is spent in resource. I do NOT want him placed in an FMD room though because most of the children in that room are much lower functioning than he is. He tends to act like the kids/people he is around. Since the beginning of this year, his social abilities have improved a bunch! Still not typical, but vastly improved. I will see what I can find out from the school system and keep everyone posted. Thanks so much for the input!
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Old 03-05-2006, 07:58 PM   #5
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Please see my answer to your other post too. You had mentioned he has a tutor. Is that person knowledgeable about autism? Our guy has had a tutor that has stayed with him and that has made a huge difference. He does not have to get used to someone new every year and neither does someone have to learn all his quirks. She knows when his Asperger's is influencing the situation and when he is just being resistant to the lesson. As I said in my other post, we used his meltdowns to cue us that the situation was so stressful for him that we needed to back off and regroup. We have been very fortunate to have a pediatric neurologist, psychologist, teachers and therapists who can suggest what we can try when we hit the bumps. We all meet together and work the plan. When he is focused he reads, does math, writes, talks in front of groups, often functioning above grade level. When he is stressed or anxious, his circuits misfire and he gets so frustrated and angry. He hates going to that angry, frustrated place and we hate seeing him there. We are willing to structure the school and home environment to give him, we hope, the best shot at success. Too bad we cannot see down the tunnel of time. We have found there are few absolute answers, you have to listen to advice and then decide what you think is in the child's best interest.
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