Is this wrong??? - FamilyEducation
Is this wrong???
10/23/2010 at 23:06 PM

my 4 year old son just started public pre k because his montessori daycare suggested that he might have sensory integration issues and they could help. He has always been a tough to deal with child and very aggressive in daycare and at home. Now he has started hitting his new teachers he has even been sent to the principals office. I have kept in close contact with his teacher ans was told he would be watched by the school psychologist and they would get backto me. but to my surprise when i showed up unannounced on friday i9 discovered that they had him chewing on a makeshift neclace made of yarn and rubber hose. they have decided it calms him. without even asking or notifying me. i was livid. has anyone ever heard of this? dont you think i should have been told? He looked ridiculous, i am worried about the other kids teasing him, and the cleanliness of it when he doesnt have it, and the effect it will have on his teeth and the fact that it will be something we have to wean him from like a binky because afterall he cant go to high school chewing on a rubber hose. can they legally do this without telling me? what should i do? He does chew on his shirt when he is nervous or in trouble and they have decided this is better> i am worried he wont talk with it in his mouth and participate in conversations in claSS. PLEASE HELP

Has your child been seen by an Occupational Therapist? Has the school done any screenings for possible disorders? Does your child have an IEP? The most important step is to get your child correctly diagnosed. The policy of most schools is to then have a meeting and advise the parents of the reasoning for any necessary interventions before they would be put into effect. There are also interventions that will be suggested for you to put into effect at home to help your child. Having worked with children with Sensory Integration Dysfunction (also known as Sensory Processing Disorder) have seen that most do best in a small classroom setting with teachers who are trained to work with children with this diagnosis. A large classrom setting often does not provide the necessary level of stimulation or guidance for the child to be successful.

no, he has not yet been diagnosed by anyone im not sure where to start the system is so overcrowded with children here it is a slow process i have an appt with a therapist on the 9th of nov. but they said dont bring him until next time and that could be awhile before they can see him. the school was supposed to evaluate him but im not sure how they can because he seems to be acting just fine while chewing on this hose. and how can they tell with that? i already have an iep with my highschooler and it doesnt do me much good. i know they vary on what states provide and dont know how to find out what we are entitled to here in ky. thanks for your advice it is always appreciated.

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