Student without aide for class?

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  1. BumbleB

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    I have a student in class who is in a wheelchair and has a one-to-one aide all day. She is integrated into general education classes, including my inclusion language arts class. We have a block class, and this student's aide leaves for half of the block because it's the only time she can have lunch. That leaves the student without an aide for half of a writing intensive class.

    Now, I co-teach so theoretically one of us could help this student while the other teaches. But that is shortchanging the whole class in general. If I'm working exclusively with this student, I'm not available for my other students who have special needs. Also, I'm not an aide. I don't have the training on this student's specific needs. Even though I spent a few years working with kids in wheelchairs, if she needed to use the restroom, I don't know if it would be appropriate for me to change her...and honestly, I'm probably very out of practice even if I were expected to do that.

    I'm just wondering if there is some sort of legality issue with leaving her "alone" for half of the block. I plan to bring this up to my P, but I wanted some "ammo" in case she is reluctant to change this.
     
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    I would think her IEP specifies an all-day aid.
     
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    Why can't the aid have lunch when the child does? I assume because the child needs assistance during lunch as well?
     
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    Many of my students IEPs specify the number of hours per day (which includes a lunch break) OR states full day aide (except for 1/2 hour lunch).

    Sometimes it will not be included but it is kept in mind when scheduling.

    If this student requires bathroom assistance, it's definitely something you should check into.

    I would maybe check in to see if there is another aide (paid/classified with personal care assistance) available to help during the 1:1's lunc time.

    Let me tell you this is an incredibly difficult area to work around within special Ed. The aides also require a thirty minute lunch break, but they're not going to hire someone to work thirty minutes a day. So, you have to work with the current staffing available. Very tricky!
     
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    Can you ask the aide first. Just to give her the benefit of the doubt before going to your P. That might escalate the situation unnecessarily and you do have to work with this person. You say it's writing intensive. Is it notes? I know for some of my SSD students I am required to give them notes as needed. This might help.
     
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    Since writing is difficult for the child, is there no modifications for them to use some sort of technology to help with written assignments?
     
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    I don't think this has anything to do with the aide in terms of her not working as she should. I don't think, then, there is any reason the aide would feel upset if this problem is addressed. It's a scheduling/admin issue.
     
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    If you have other sped aides at your school, one of them should be assigned to cover the 1-1 position when she goes to lunch or is absent.
     
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    Yep, this. If the student's IEP specifies that they need a 1:1 aide, someone should be covering them at all times.
     
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    It says she gets a 1:1 aide in her IEP, but says this under a section where designating the "minutes" is not required. Grr.

    The student CAN write. However, she really only has the stamina for a few words and she can only write in big, scrawling letters that are hard to read. She is allowed to use an AlphaSmart to compose, but again, she works very slowly. When I say, "writing intensive", I mean that we often do notes but also activities that require reading and reflection in the form of written answers. My school is all about "evidence" of learning, so we are encouraged to include a lot of writing in our lessons.

    My main concern is the bathroom issue. Since I am her teacher, I don't feel comfortable participating in that activity.
     
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    Sped teachers here are involved in toileting procedures just as much as aides/paras. With that said, I do understand your hesitation. I'm not aware of any legal backing you might be able to use, but sharing your concerns with your admin is definitely a good idea. I hate to say this, but sometimes we have to hope that our worries will come true just so that admin will actually listen and make changes.
     
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    Well yes, I would have no problem if my job description was solely working with moderate/severe disabilities. However, I'm an intervention specialist for students with mild disabilities and I spend my day co-teaching inclusion classes. I would just find it odd (for all parties involved) for me to leave the general education classroom to do that. As this is not part of my job description, I have no training from the school district on performing these types of activities.

    It hasn't come up yet, but my fear is that she'll need to "go" and there will be no one trained to help her.
     
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    If it says she gets a 1:1 aide in her IEP and minutes are listed, I would assume that the aide is to be there for the entirety of the day without fail.

    Could you give the student notes, so they can focus completely on paying attention to listening & learning?
     
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    Another response and mine suggested that another sped aide should be covering the 1-1 during breaks. The reason I'm reiterating that point is because not only does the child have a right to having an aide, but your district probably has that policy set in place, all you have to do is request one of your other school sped aides during that period.
     
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    This is how it works in my district, too. Elementary may be different than middle and high, but we don't schedule the same para to work with a specific student all day long. If a student requires constant para support, we schedule multiple paras to trade on and off all day long. This allows the student to always be supervised and the paras to get their lunches and breaks. It also prevents burnout that a para may feel after working with the same student for too long.

    I agree that you should speak with your admin about other scheduling options.
     

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