It became apparent that the school was allowing Woodjie to get super-frustrated so that he'd act out. They'd document everything to use against him later. I have charts and charts and longwinded sheets on "the things your kid did today" from teachers. They couldn't wait to get rid of him. He was the kid no one wanted to deal with. In fact, we're saving them so. much. money. by doing everything ourselves that they rightfully should be sending us a stipend.
It's early in the game, so I'm still working on trying not to be bitter. Can you tell?
I feel more than a little betrayed by the way that school district treated my child and our family. They refused to allow our specialists in, but insisted on using their "autism specialist," who concocted a plan that actually made things about ten times worse. By not adequately supporting him with staff, the teachers and aides had a nightmare on their hands and I became the unappreciative parent who didn't understand what the teachers were going through.
My child is six years old and he is a public school push-out.
We really gave that school district every chance it should have and then some because Woodjie does have some problem behaviours and he does elope. Couple that with the fact that after my third hernia surgery, the surgeon warned me that I can no longer lift over 20 pounds if I want my intestines to remain inside my body, and you can easily see where we'd have some reluctance with this whole homeschool thing.
Yep. I've homeschooled two autistic children for several years and I was still reluctant to take this little guy on. But it was time.
Right now, our "why" is, "Because we feel we have to." I wish we didn't feel that way. But we do. Instead of spending money and time fighting a system and administrators that don't care about my child anyway, we're going to find something that works.