Does anyone else experience difficulty with either administration, special area teachers, etc.? The past two years I was the lead teacher in an ABA classroom and we were mostly segregated from the rest of the school (elementary k-5) so interactions with gened were not really an issue. This year I am running a hybrid classroom for more advanced autistic students. These students are in gen ed content areas, specials, and lunch/recess more often than not. It is the first time the rest of the school has interacted with our population and I feel like I'm coming up against a lot of frustration from both sides and I've been stuck in the middle. I think gen ed (especially special areas) really resent having my students and aides present and instead of speaking to me about it they go to administration and I just keep hearing the same complaints over and over again...my aides can't control my students, the special teachers don't know how to deal with my staff or students, the students shouldn't be in there, etc. I don't think they understand the needs of my students, that just because they are more verbal or may present more typically than other kids with autism doesn't mean that they are "typical". Meanwhile I'm doing pop in visits during specials and it looks to me like my aides are following the protocols that are laid out for them. I just don't think they understand what it's like to work with this population and that things are not always going to go perfectly, that sometimes my students are going to have minor behavioral challenges while they are in gen ed and it doesn't mean the aides aren't doing their jobs. I'm not sure what else I can do at this point except explain to gen ed what our program is and the explanations behind what we're doing what we're doing...except that I feel like this is something that the special ed administration should have already explained to my school admins. Has anyone else ever come across a situation like this??? Any advince??