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January 11th, 2010, 07:54 PM
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My oldest son Nick has autism, Sensory Integration Dysfunction and ADHD he's 5 and in kindergarten. I am getting calls at least 4 times a week from his teacher and it's pretty much the same thing Nick is being disruptive, acting crazy, not listening, running around and it's all during or after lunch. Nick can't handle all the smells,noises and people at lunch without getting over stimulated then when they get back to class she expects him to NAP. I have tried to explain this to his teacher to no avail, they won't make special arrangements to have him eat in a quiet setting. Because is is high functioning they are treating him like a child with speech issues and minor developmental delays.
Who do I go to for help?

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January 12th, 2010, 06:59 PM
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I would call a meeting and sit down with the teacher, principal and exceptional children representative (resource teacher, speech-pathologist) at your school. Then, come up with accomodations/modifications that can be put into place during lunch. For example, some autistic students need headphones or earbuds to cut down on the loud noises in the cafeteria. Moving his seat to where the table he's sitting at is along side a wall and he's facing a wall, thus reducing the over-visual stimulation. Also, assigning him a peer buddy who he sits beside and it will become routine for him to sit beside this certain person in his "assigned seat". The more routine and rule-bound it becomes, the more he should succeed. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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January 19th, 2010, 07:55 AM
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I am no help but I agree that you need to meet with them and demand he be given some accomadations during lunch

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