p10030
(New Member)
05/21/07 01:50 AM
Re: maryland services

Since I've worked within the field of special education for ten years and am in my final year of receiving a Masters Degree in Special Education, special education law and policy exudes from my pores; knowing the law is not the problem, it is getting the professionals to adhere to the law that I find most troublesome. It became a daily struggle to get my son's teacher to understand the importance of the environmental antecedents to behavior - (in other words, she kept a radio playing in the classroom all day and the principal and the director of exceptional services didnt see that as a problem) - and how these factors can influence and trigger behavioral responses children due to hypersensitivities to sensory input. After explaining that, I looked around the table to find disinterest, apathy and outright indignation from the speech therapist. I finally gave up and began home schooling him using ABA because the behaviors he began to exhibit were becoming increasingly dangerous, which brings me to my other point of contention, the so-called crisis services they have here in North Carolina. Basically, you bring your child to the local hospital and have them assessed by the A Team (Assessment Team), who, after a wait of 6-7 hours, informs you that, despite being a danger to himself and possibly others, there is nothing they can do, so you must take him home; this is the only procedure that is available here (his psychiatrist keeps telling me that this is all that he can do). So, I had a child at home who screamed incessently, punched holes into the walls, attacked me physically, and knocked over or threw furniture and any other item on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis with no source of assistance to call upon. The police would not do anything because they needed an involuntary committment order from a magistrate, but, as the officer confessed, there is no where to take him because no hospital offers in-patient services to MR/DD children. As a result, and as I type, I am scheduling flights to go back home to NYC to get him some crisis services because I cannot just sit back and allow this stupidity to continue. However, although I greatly appreciate your input, I am way past the find a resource or agency stage; besides I've already tried those avenues for years to no avail. I have to go and go now before he seriously hurts himself or me (and I am well bruised already). Thanks anyway.


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