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my son who is nine has an iep since he is three and needs more help we just moved to florida, brevard county from nj and he is lost in the class they recommend a self contained class but what I want to know is we can live either in brevard or tampa which place will be better for his education please help. He biggest problems are focusing and lack of vocabulary.

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Veri 08-25-2008 09:09 PM

My son, at age 3, was receiving Speech Therapy 2x a week for only 30 min for about 4 months. At home, we usually never understood what he was saying. The therapist called it jargon. Unfortunately, twice a week for 30 min. of therapy wasn't enough time for him to open up (speak up). He only pointed, nodded & shook his head. He was very shy, plus anti-social around children his age. The school & I decided to place him in PPCD in a Self-Collaborative class (PPCD/PreK) for half of the school day. He was placed in Feb-May. He finally opened up in May since he wasn't in school as long as the other students.
This year, he is 4, and his now new PPCD teacher would like to place him in the afternoon schedule with her Self-Contained classroom which includes the more severe students. I feel he should stay in the Self-Collaborative Class (PreK/PPCD) since he was givin these services only to help him socialize with peers around his age and to receive Speech Therapy 2x a week for 30 min. Plus, he doesn't have any type of a learning disability from the assessments/evaluations that were done for him.
What would be best?

istoleahalo 10-28-2005 10:58 AM

I am in HIllsborough County (Tampa area) right now. I am new to this county but I have been blown away by the curriculum this county sets for the students. so many kids have come from out of state and even from out of county and end up being lost for a while because we are so far ahead of where they were at their last school. I know they are further ahead than the county I just left, especially in math (They have 1st graders discussing quadrilaterals, paralellagrams, and simple division). I don't know about Brevard county but it is something to think about.

Kelly 10-10-2005 08:17 AM

I love teaching self contained. The students get very individualized attention. I have two educational assitants that help also. I am also proud to say that I have had students that after recieving this intensive instruction have been able then to go back into inclusion with SPED supports. My job is to work with struggling students to get them where they need to be academics wise. In a smaller group situation I am able to teach with a lot of hands approaches. My students learn better if they have visuals and are able to learn kinestically. I can teach at a pace that enables them to grasp skills and retain those skills. I agree with the other person who responded go and observe a self contained classroom, I am sure the teacher would be delighted and then you can see for your self how they work, good luck to you Kelly

Polanco 10-09-2005 07:40 AM

Hello Lisa! I am a Special Education Teacher in California and my suggestion would be to go in and observe the contained classrooms. I am currently a RSP teacher and last year I was a Special Day Class teacher. If your child has had services since three and he is still not at grade level, then I would definitely consider a self contained class. Often times the RSP is not enough time to go over everthing. In a special class the teacher can go at the students pace and really focus on his/her needs. This way the student can get more individual attention. Also, I am a proponent for special day class. I truely believe that if the student has the opportunity to get one-to-one assistance then take it. It is much more beneficial for the child to get that help at an early age before it is too late. Again, go check out the classes and see which one will fit your child. Good luck
Teacher from California

lisa 10-08-2005 10:47 AM

my son who is nine has an iep since he is three and needs more help we just moved to florida, brevard county from nj and he is lost in the class they recommend a self contained class but what I want to know is we can live either in brevard or tampa which place will be better for his education please help. He biggest problems are focusing and lack of vocabulary.




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