If you’ve read this blog for a little while, you might now that we are now less than impressed with Carrie’s school. What was once the nirvana that made all of the ASD parents I knew very, very jealous of us is now just a wallowing shit hole where my daughter gets dumber every day. Oops, that was the anger talking. There are a couple of people at her school who really do seem to care, but by and large, I wouldn’t spit on some of these people if they were on fire.
One of the major problems we’ve had this school year is a total inability on the part of several teachers to understand that Carrie is not going to learn, listen, communicate, or perform exactly like her classmates, yet they are determined that she will. From some of them, there is zero attempt to reach Carrie in any other way than the way they pretend to teach their “normal” students.
Take a look at this example of a paper turned in by a second grade student with autism. It’s a very clear picture of what it’s like to be a student in a classroom when everything is geared towards “normal.”
While that wasn’t Carrie’s school paper, we face problems like that daily, all day long. I’m proud of the student for seeing things in a different way, but I’m furious at his teacher. The teacher passed out a worksheet and by golly, you’re going to do it just like your classmates. And until we make our children’s schools understand that no, they’re not, this kind of instruction will continue.