Teacher doesn't get it
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|Wed, 09-10-2003 - 9:03am|
Well, DUH! Did this man learn NOTHING from the articles, the book, and the videotape I gave him? Relationships are enormously difficult for Chris. I'm sure he has no idea that anything he does is disrespectful. The teacher also said that Christopher's meltdowns "distracted" the class. YEah, I'll bet they do. He's with a whole new group of kids who've never experienced life with Chris. (New school this year with kids feeding in from four elementary schools. For the past four years, Chris has been with the same group of kids, who knew about his quirks and challenges and for the most part, supported him and helped him through them. This year, there's only three or four kids in his class who were in his previous classes.)
The teacher wants to have a meeting to discuss "possibilities." I'd love to meet with him, but in the meantime, I wrote back a LONG note explaining that Chris is not a brat or willfully disrupting the class, but he has neurological differences that make it difficult for him to see how his actions affect others. With AS, it's "all about me." Even though Chris can recite the class rules, and intellectually tell you what they mean, he may or may not be capable of actually following them. (that's always a hard concept for teachers to get--sigh).
Maybe I need for Christopher's new teacher to go out for coffee with his last year's teacher--who really had a good handle on what Chris was all about. (this teacher would go out of his way to explain to other staff members who he heard talking among themselves about Christopher's "bratty" behavior, that Chris had a neurological condition and was most definitely NOT a brat, and that they should try to understand and work with him instead of judging him. I loved that teacher.)
I had high hopes for this new guy, and I suppose I should keep an open mind. AFter all, I've been steeped in AS for 5 years, and he's only been exposed for a week. There's bound to be a learning curve.
Okay, that's enough venting. Thanks for reading.