So this past week, I sat down with B’s ECSE teacher for a home visit. Ok, technically it was at school – but hey, it’s a visit.
At this “home visit”, I also met with the Ass’t Principal to talk about reevaluation. Under Part B of IDEA, a child undergoes reevaluation for services every three years. Right now, B (like other students) qualifies for services under the category “Developmental Delay”. At a certain point, IDEA will classify categories of disability based on reevaluation. B qualified for Part B services in 2010, and so his three year review is coming up. As we are entering the next phase – Kindergarten – it’s worth to start the process now. B will once again undergo all the observations and tests as before. Clearly we already know with the medical diagnosis that he will slip into the Autism category.
Back to the home visit – his teacher brought up some of the challenges that B has been facing recently. He’s been experiencing extreme mood swings, meltdowns and aggressive behavior. He’s gone back to throwing things when he gets mad. I explained that with our dog being so sick, and our toddler DIVA having some growing pains of her own, that B might be lashing out. The teacher nodded in agreement, adding that when he doesn’t get full attention in class he acts up. Shocker.
She also mentioned about B’s “extremes”. Like, when something is funny – B will rear his head back and laugh…a wee bit too much. Or he wants to give you a hug and he barrels you over. Or, of course, when something doesn’t go the way he wants it to and it is LIKE THE WORST THING EVER THAT HAPPENED IN THIS WORLD EVER! It’s really difficult to get him to self-regulate. He has zippy interest in trying to keep things “balanced”. 🙂 She’s going to try more tricks to see if something might work.
Lastly, something else she mentioned really made me think. B really has a knack of memorization and imitation. I know that can be a shared trait among people on the spectrum. Anyway, both she and Administration feel that inclusion would be good for B – because he will imitate the “good” behavior if he knows it’s rewarded. Apparently, some of his classmates have exhibited some regression and he, like the good friend, has joined them. 😉
Seriously, I guess I never viewed his imitation skills in that aspect. That B is trying to adapt to what’s going on around him. Perhaps mainstreaming with more “typical” (for lack of a better word) behaviors may help him along. It’s definitely something to consider.
Sidenote: I have gotten in touch with the K-2 Autism Coordinator for the county, who was kind enough to spend a few minutes discussing the program. As I suspected, B’s home school does not have this program anymore. The two “closest” ones are full as well, but the one I was considering does have open slots. We are working out a time to do a joint visit to see if it would be good for B.
By the way, I have realized that the school year is already half over. Holy schnikes.