Hi everyone. My son is 11 and was just diagnosed with Aspergers.
Thank you. You have all been helpful.
As someone who attends IEPs every week....
In order for your son to qualify for an IEP he needs to be 2 years below grade level (although some kids qualify under Speech, or Emotionally Disturbed). Now having Cs in class does not show that he is two years behind. That said, if he already has 504 plan, shouldnt that be enough? Why would you want to label him Special Ed? either way, let's say he gets an IEP, one intervention would be for him to go to the Resource Specialist room and work with a small group of kids for about two hours a week.... that is no much, and that's what he will get.
504 plans gives you lots of room to ask for accommodations.... talk to the special ed people in the district or whoever is in charge of conducting IEPs.
As a mom myself, and special ed intervention teacher, I encourage you to find other resources in the community. Public schools don't offer much anyways. He is ok academically (that's why he didnt qualify) not all kids have straight As, and they don't even have a disability. My main concern for him would be developing his social skills.... that should be the focus..... but again I dont know your son.
Best of luck,
Some of the things you stated in your post really relate to my son also.
Based on the test results you listed, it is likely that the reason they are denying an IEP is because they are using the WJIII scores to determine a lack of adverse educational impact (basically saying that even though he may not perform well in class, he is still learning the material and the WJIII scores are evidence of that).
Thanks. It's all so overwhelming but in time, I'm sure I will learn more and more about ways to help him.
To answer your last question, I have been taking notes of things for years. Behavior, daily schedule, different things we've tried (Omegas, cutting out Red 40 etc).
I think the problem in the classroom has pretty much been identified. He spaces out and misses directions. Then, as many times as I've told him to do so, he does not look around him at the other students for clues about what he should be doing.
Getting an ASD diagnosis (school or doctor) does not automatically put a student into Spec Ed.