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April 19, 2006



I work in a school that does not have a resource room option in its continuum of services. Instead there is a pseudo-resource room called "study skills." Only Special Education students attend these "study skills" classes.

But because they are called "study skills" classes instead of resource room there can be as many as 15 students in a class--and are sometimes taught by a teaching assistant. If they call it a resource room they would have to limit the class size to 5 students and staff it with certified teachers. I cannot see how this can be compliant with the new regulations.

Any information regarding this practice and the denial of FAPE would be greatly appreciated.

Katie Mead

My son is autistic. He has been successfully included, and keeping up with his NT peers, in general ed. since the second grade. His success can be attributed to after-school "priming" services (pre-teaching content)provided by a credentialed teacher who specializes in teaching concepts to autistic children who have poor receptive and expressive language. She uses visual and alternate strategies for conceptual instruction. Now, my district wants to replace her with an Instructional Aide who has only a High School Diploma and virtually no experience teaching autistic children. If the Credentialed, General Ed. Teacher can't get through to him, how do they expect someone LESS qualified to do it? What is the law regarding the use of Instructional Aides to introduce new concepts to sudents outside of the supervision of the teacher?

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