Seraph is a 10 year old boy on the Autism Spectrum.
He loves computer games, microbiology and water slides. He's great at sharing. :-)
Due to his disability, he has difficulty with communication, sensory overload, and making friends.
This is his first year in public school and we had been so hopeful that professional educators would help him develop his communication and social skills so he could access his education. Instead my son is suffering in the school system.
His disability symptoms are misunderstood as merely bad behaviors and he is being punished for them- to the point that in February, a sensory issue was dealt with by a school resource officer grabbing and taking him to the floor scraping layers of skin off from around his eye. He was of no danger to anyone at the time, and had no history of being a danger to others. Instead of being treated like a 10 year old autistic elementary school child, he was treated as a criminal.
The violations of his safety are not limited to this event either. He also, like many autistic children, runs off when overwhelmed. He has ran from PE to the parking lot to sit alone multiple times, and not always noticed by staff. What if he kept running? What if a car driving by saw and someone grabbed him?
The school is refusing him the help he needs. They are trying to manage autism with punishments instead of giving him the appropriate therapy, accommodations, support and one-on-one supervision he requires to learn. Their methods haven't been working all year and has only increased my son's anxiety at school and has even unnecessarily triggered/escalated incidents only to punish him more. He is a bright and amazing kid and they're missing him and hurting him while making him out to be a "bad" kid and a problem-instead of a child who has an unmet need.
To ensure that his IEP is redone so he is protected him from this continuing ( by including a prevention-based safety and crisis plan and appropriate accommodations, services and instruction on how to understand and respond to his autism-related behaviors) we have to get independent evaluations analyzing his behaviors , communication ability and his sensory symptoms etc. The school district is currently delaying and denying doing those evaluations.
The first evaluation is $1650.00 out of pocket, and we just don't have that- and insurance won't cover it.
My husband is a Disney employee and he works hard but we still end up paycheck to paycheck . We are limited to a one-person income right now as having a child with a disability is time-intensive and requires a caregiver always on call (especially while he's at that school ).
This is a great kid and I'm so scared for him. I don't know what else to do at this point so I am reaching out to friends family and the kindness of strangers . Its a long road ahead of us I think. Thank you for any help you are able to offer and please keep us in your thoughts.