Not all schools have the right attitude, training or resources to handle special needs. I'm particularly frustrated this year because I get the distinct impression that my son's new school feels like it is about parenting (in spite of the millions of papers about other things) but more importantly I feel they focus on reactive responses/strategies and the problems. I keep telling them I want to see PROACTIVE/PREVENTIVE strategies. I feel they do listen. They are trying. They added changes we specifically asked for. I just feel like the thinking kind of stops there. But never fear! I found some great stuff tonight! I was going through my son's old records and new records and looking for gems and patterns. I found something on an old BIP from an alternative school that was PERFECT! It includes a section on Preventive Strategies! The categories are broken down by: Environmental Factors Physiological Factors Emotional Factors Situational Factors Curriculum & Instruction I planned to show the team this tomorrow but at the last minute I decided to try my hand at making one. As I was going through all these lengthy reports that were conducted in the process of renewing eligibility, I found TONS of stuff written specifically for the classroom by the Psychiatrist, School Counselor, last year's Classroom Teacher (school next door) and a few from that old BIP I am referring. I was able to write TWENTY-SEVEN GEMS for them to consider and broken down by additional categories. ***Environmental Seating, Visual Aids, Attention Getting Strategies ***Physiological Physical Activity, Nourishment, Breaks ***Emotional Positive Peer Support, Building Self-Esteem, Therapeutic Interventions and Adult Support ***Situational Consistent Routines and Advanced Notification ***Curriculum & Instruction Reducing Complex Info, Task Assistance & Frequent Check-Ins, Support Materials and Note-Taking I also love the support language in these documents! So now instead of feeling upset and anxious, I feel ready and I have something positive to contribute. (I also wrote notes and asked another teacher to help me find areas that need a bit tweaking on the BIP Draft). I know this is such a conflicted post. It has negative and positive stuff. Believe it or not, I do feel better! At least we have a good direction to go in!