I am the teacher of a regular, self-contained fifth grade class of 26 students. Three special ed students come to my room for mainstreaming in science and social studies, as well as lunch and specials. I recently had an autistic boy placed in my class. His IEP calls for a full time aide as well as an occupational therapist. He has been with me since Sept. 19th and has no aide and no OT. The boy is bright, but very innocent and can be easily hurt by bullies. His IEP calls for him to have attention every 2-3 minutes. Writing is very difficulty for him, but how do I work one to one orally with him and also teach the 25 (sometimes 28) others? There are also three other students in my class who have IEPs and go out for resource service by a special ed teacher for one period each day. My district is trying to have the IEP rewritten to take away the aide (that don't have anyway). I have written a memo to the principal, assistant principal, and case manager, saying that I need help and they totally ignore me. I am torn because I want to meet the needs of all of my students, but I just can't clone myself. As it is I spend hours every night doing the paperwork so that I can be there for my students and not buried in papers during the school day. We don't get much preparation time. I think I may have to give up teaching after 21 years. I have always been rated a superior teacher, but I can't give more than the 150% I'm already giving. I WILL NOT warehouse children! Does the regular classroom teacher have any rights under the law to demand help for her students? I have taught a wide variety of disabilities over the years, but this is my first autistic student, and although he is very smart and very sweet, it's sort of like trying to care for a baby at the same time that I'm teaching all the other kids. Please advise me.