I am cuurently working in an inner-city school in a special-education preschool classroom. I am finding this classroom and this education department very frustrating. I am a one-on-one with this 5 year old autistic girl. She is mainly non-verbal. She will repeat words that i say sometimes but she is usually in her own world and it is hard to get her to stay focused with the other children. When I talk to her, its like everything is just going right over her head. I think that she is in th wrong program. I feel that she should be in a 230 day program. I think that she needs a more intense classroom. Also the teacher of the classroom is not special-ed certified, which I find very frustrating. She really does not know how to deal with special-ed students. Basically she feels that if a student has a one-on-one, it is not her responsibility to teach that student, it is the one-on-one's job. Which it is not my job. I am there as an extra set of hands to help the teacher with this little girl. It is not my job to teach her. I don't have my bachelor's degree yet. I find it heartbreaking. When I try to share information with her that I have learned in school she just brushes me off and says that I think that I know everything. Which I do not. I have an associates in art in special ed/ regular ed, so I do have a little more experience with speacial ed children than she does. Also, I am working on my bachelor's degree and I go to school full-time at night. I just try to be helpful to help her out. my question is how can I stimulate this little girl to be able to teach her? Since the teacher is not going to do it, I have to try something. In the mean time, I just pray that they will get someone that is qualified to work in that classroom. HELP!
I hope you can find someone at the school to talk with about this, sometimes it takes awhile to figure out who will help. TO start though yu want as much as possible to be in picutres rather than words. Find out if you have Boardmaker or access to any picutres that are similar, ask the principle if the teacher doesn't know. If not, use that art degree and draw. Draw basic objects and insturctions. Put ittle drawings in sequence. Write down basic classroom rules with concomitant picutres. Kids with autism often think better in pictures so keep it visual.
Hi Mellissa-Thanks so much for advocating for this child. I am a parent of a six year old son with high functioning autism. Although he is very verbal and very bright he is none the less autistic. "Typical" settings without autistic friendly supports simply to not work for him and everyone suffers. It is not fair to the little girl you work, yourself and even the other classmates(kids know so much more than we give them credit for and they may be quite confused as to what's up with this child). I would go over this teacher's head. Every one answers to some one and if she feels it is apropriate and professional to simply dismiss this child, then I my opinion, as a parent who deals with autism 24/7, she not professional at all. She need not be a special needs expert to recognize this little girl needs more or different then what her current school is able to provide,or in your case not provide. I would get in touch with the Autism Society of America, and the state branch(every state has a local Aut. Soc.)
Just type in Autism Society of America on Google or what ever and it should
get you there. Your already a better teacher than the one you work under!
Good luck with your education and future and THANKS again for looking out for this child's best interest, these kids need people like you on their side!