Are there schools for children with aspergers?

Question:My nephew wasn't diagnosed with aspergers until he was 14 yrs old. He lives in a very small town in KY, needless to say he has a hard time at school with the other kids and is now refusing to go, he is so depressed. Is there anyone out there that can help my sister help her son? she feels as if she is going to loose him. He is such a great kid but children are cruel, especially when they don't understand why he's so different.

Answers:
Is the school aware of his condition? If they are then they know he falls under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). IDEA is a federal law that guarantees a free and appropriate public education for every child with a disability. This means that if you enroll your child in public school, his/her education should be at no cost to you and should be appropriate for his/her age, ability and developmental level.

If the school does not know, I would have your sister tell them, that will protect her childs rights.

That does not necessarily mean he'll be in a "special ed" class.When faced with the challenge of selecting an appropriate placement for a child, parents and professionals need to understand the concept of "least restrictive environment" (LRE). The IDEA sets up procedural guidelines to ensure a free appropriate education in the least restrictive environment tailored to each child's individual needs.

The law begins with the assumption that, to the maximum extent possible, children with disabilities should be educated with their non-disabled peers. Once the child's needs are assessed and necessary services and supports are determined, the placement options should begin with the regular or inclusive classroom. Children with disabilities do not have to start in a more restrictive or separate class and then "earn" the right to move to a less restrictive placement. If it is found that a regular education classroom would not meet the child's needs, even with support services, then another option may be pursued. Keep in mind that the child with a disability must benefit from the placement. The child should not be "dumped" in a classroom where the child is not receiving an appropriate education.

The law specifies that educational placement should be determined individually for each child, based on that child's specific needs, not solely on the diagnosis or category. No one program or amount of services is appropriate for all children with disabilities. A safe educational environment is important for all children. School safety concerns are addressed in IDEA. Educational services cannot be withheld as a disciplinary remedy. While students with disabilities may be suspended for disciplinary concerns that would also apply to general education students, educational services must continue at all times, even when a student is expelled for behavior not associated with his disability.


If the school knows,about the Asperger's, or once it does know; he should have an Indvidual Education Plan (IEP) put into place which is a written document that outlines the child's education. The educational program should be tailored to the individual student to provide maximum educational benefit.

It should identify the services a child needs so that he/she may grow and learn during the school year. It is also a legal document that outlines:

*The child's special education plan by defining goals for the school year

*Services needed to help the child meet those goals

*A method of evaluating the student's progress

*The objectives, goals and selected services are not just a collection of ideas on how the school may educate a child.

The school district must educate the child in accordance with the IEP.

Within the law, there are specific procedural safeguards to protect the child's rights. If you and the school disagree on the placement, educational program or other areas surrounding your child's education, you may want to utilize one or more of the following approaches:

*Discussion or conference with school staff. Staff may include the teachers, counselors or principal.

*An IEP review. You may request an IEP review at any time.

*Negotiation or mediation. Mediation is a voluntary process as described in IDEA in which a neutral third person (mediator) assists parties (parents and the school) to work together to resolve their dispute. All states must have a mediation process established that meets the requirements of IDEA, including maintaining a list of qualified mediators and bearing the cost of the mediation process. Neither party is required to use mediation. The mediator cannot force either party to accept a resolution to the dispute. If a mutually satisfactory agreement is reached on some or all of the issues, a written agreement is set forth. Discussions that occur in mediation are confidential and may not be used as evidence in subsequent proceedings. Mediation must be available as a dispute resolution option, but may not be used to deny or delay the parental right to a due process hearing.

*Due Process Hearing. You may request a due process hearing if you do not agree with your child's identification, evaluation, or educational placement. This is a legal proceeding, and you should obtain legal advice.

*Complaint resolution procedures. Any individual or organization may file a complaint alleging that the local educational agency has violated a requirement of IDEA. The complaint must be written and signed; it must cite the specific IDEA requirement that was violated and the facts upon which the allegation is made. The state educational agency must resolve the issues of the complaint within 60 calendar days after it is filed.
My step daughter has Asbergers and goes to regular school. She attends the special education classes and works one on one with the SE teacher. Most of the time they keep an eye on her because she just doesn't understand the world like everyone else. Is your nephew in Special Ed classes? That would be a start. Just make sure the school knows about his condition and by federal law, they have to make special circumstances for him. He might feel more comfortable in a smaller group setting where he isn't mainstreamed all day, maybe just for lunch and phy ed. That's how they do it for my step daughter.

I know what you all are going through. These kids get SO depressed because they try SO hard and just don't fit in. They are 8 years old in a 14 year old body. They can't make any sense of what is going on around them and they want to so badly. Keep your chin up auntie!! Call your school and if they don't help call MO Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Compliance Section at 1-573-751-0699. I know it's for Missouri, but they can probably give you the number for Kentucky, at least I hope so. Your nephew has rights because he is disabled. So get on the phone and get someone to help him, okay?

Praying for you and your family!!
Depends on how extreme the case. There is a friend of mine that has a child that she adopted that has it. He is currently going to a bording school in Arizona where they can work with him around the clock. If a standard school with special ed classes work, then that may be your best bet. Otherwise, he may need residential that will teach him how to interact with others and certain things that will allow him to hold a job and work with others.
try www.suws.com, hope it helps!
I can relate to that. I have aspergers and wasn't diagnosed until last year. The problem is that a successful outcome is dependent on how early therapy and special training is started. For me, it was too late. Optimally, it should start when they are about 5 years old. At 14, he is right on the edge. Therapy may have limited results.

He should go to school with the normal kids. Aspies are not stupid and can learn with a regular curriculum. He should get the aspie therapy/training at the same time.

He and his mother need to learn as much as they can about the disability as they can. I can say for a fact that it helped me a lot when I was finally able to recognize flaws in my personality as "symptoms." I'm still working on it, but some of these symptoms I have been able to get rid of.

Another thing is that he should constantly ask himself, "What would the other kids do in *this* situation?","Are the other kids doing *this*?" "Are the other kids picking on me or are they trying to play with me?"

There is some really good advice above. I just thought I'd add my 2 cents.
By federal law, each state is required to provide all children, especially those with special needs like aspergers syndrome, with a free and appropriate education. If his current school is not working for him, then mom needs to talk to the guidance counselor at the school, the family doctor, developmental physicians...basically everyone involved with his care to develop an alternative plan. If that means a school outside his current district, then the school system is required to provide transportation.

Your nephew should already have an individual education plan (IEP). The first step your sister should take is to request an IEP team meeting--this gets everybody in the same room--to discuss whatever is going on. Together the team can brain-storm and problem solve to find the best solutions to help your nephew. But, it will take work.

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