School Para's & Daycare??

Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by jal, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. jal

    jal Member

    My son had a para in kindergarden and will again in first grade as it states in his IEP. It was not mentioned to us by the school district that it is possible to have the para follow the child to daycare. My difficult child for some reason is beginning to struggle in full time daycare since school is out. Just spoke to his daycare director and she mentioned that there is another daycare in the district that has a para provided by the school district for another child.

    Has anyone encountered this before?

    Am I too late in trying to get a para for my son through the school district for daycare during the summer time? Did this have to be written into the IEP beforehand and with school out can anything be done? I have the contact info for the Director of Pupil Services, but though I would inquire here first to see if any of you may have encountered this situation before.

  2. Christy

    Christy New Member

    I've never heard of this? I can't imagine why the school system would provide this unless it was a school district program such as ESY (extended school year) services. See if you can find out the other daycare and the situation.

    Good Luck!
  3. SomewhereOutThere

    SomewhereOutThere Well-Known Member

    a school district doesn't have to provide a para unless the daycare is a Special Education program or another such program through the school district in most states. The parents who got the para for their child must have jumped through many hoops to get those services and they are likely very savvy. If possible, I'd try talking to them so you can do what they did. Or I'd call the school district to see if your son qualifies for early education services. My son went to them and, boy, they helped!!!!
  4. nvts

    nvts Active Member

    What you need to check is if your services are supposed to be for the entire year. I know many autistic kids (my aspies are 2 of them lol) that have services all year. They attend school throughout.

    Now, if you can demonstrate that he regresses without services (a para to handle him, occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy) they would probably put it on his IEP. Does he have an IEP or just a 504?

    On other threads, you've mentioned that he's got sensory issues and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) type rituals. Have you had him tested for Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), Aspergers or Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)? A diagnosis with any of these could get him a lot of the services that he gets during the year including a 12 month program. Remember: he could be incredibly brilliant academically, but may crave routine or need the social interaction which can regress if he's not in a routine.

    Good luck!

  5. slsh

    slsh member since 1999

    Please post this over in sped 101 as well.

    Honestly, I've never heard of this but I never had to use daycare for my sped kids.

    I'm wondering if this falls under "wrap around" services. It's a term I've seen folks use, and at one point I was kinda offered them but in a way that strongly discouraged my use of them (it was weird but typical for my school district ;) ). I'm really not sure what wrap around services are but this sounds like it might be what you're looking for - can't tell you who provides it but perhaps if you talk with school district, they might be able to direct you or maybe the day care person could check with the program that does have a para.

    Again - please do post this over in the sped 101 forum. Sorry - wish I could be more help. Hope it works out for you (and if it does, please come back and educate us!!).
  6. jal

    jal Member

    Thank you everyone - I will post there too. NVTS - he has an IEP not a 504. He's had neuropsychologist testing that ruled out Learning Disability (LD)'s and autism. I had a specialist who ruled out Asbergers, but somewhere in me I believe he is on the spectrum.
  7. jal

    jal Member

    I will add to the post in Special Education too.

    Please keep your fingers crossed. I sent out an e-mail to the IEP team last Thur and the Dir of Pupil Services called that day to set the meeting for tomorrow. I went to a conference on explosive children and difficult child's school SW was there (she is on the team). I asked her about this and was told that there was one other instance that the school did this for a kid in a summer program and that we have a fair shot at getting this to happen. I could not believe they pulled the meeting together so quick.

    Wish us luck!
  8. nvts

    nvts Active Member

    Rattling beads and crossing fingers! Wonderful that they convened the team so quickly! I love hearing that there are actually districts out there that care about the kids...

    good luck and let us know how it goes!