To: Mrs. Principal cc: Mrs. Special Education Director From: JJJ Date: September 13, 2007 Re: Tigger I am very concerned with staffs inability to keep Tigger and others safe today. As you are aware, the incident started in the lunch room. Staff was unable to tell me what the initial conflict was as no members of his special education team were present with him in the lunchroom. (Problem #1). The remainder of the description of the incident comes from the conference call I had with staff: aide, assistant principal, and asst Special Education director. The lunch supervisor gave Tigger 3 minutes on the line for disrespect. Once on the line, Tigger plugged his ears and began to twirl around, according to his aide who had joined him for recess. As Tigger twirled away from the line, his aide followed him, putting her walkie-talkie radio in her pocket (Problem #2). Once near the parking lot, his aide grabbed Tigger and attempted to execute a one-person restraint. (Problem #3) Eventually joined by the special education teacher, they attempted to execute a two-person restraint but were unable to effectively do so resulting in both of them being struck. Finally, the school counselor joined them and they were able to effectively restrain Tigger at which point he calmed down and the school counselor was able to carry him into the building while conversing about various outdoor sights. At that point Tigger was calm and participating in a therapeutic discussion with the school counselor, yet staff felt unsure of their ability to keep him and themselves safe (Problem #4). You demanded that I come (Problem #5) and get Tigger and that I not reward him by allowing him to eat ice cream when he got home. Yet when I picked him up, he had clearly been playing with Legos, had been given a cold bottle of water and had a toy treat that he had been given (Problem #6). As this behavior is clearly a manifestation of his disability, we need to solve these problems so that staff can be more effective in helping Tigger prevent these outburst. Solution #1: As in his IEP, Tigger should have 1:1 supervision provided by the special education team at all times. This is particularly important during lunch and recess where his difficulty with social skills and his sensory integration issues are most challenged. Solution #2: His aide should call for help when she feels that Tigger is headed to a dangerous situation. Instead of following him, she could have gone around him and merely blocked his path to the parking lot so that he would twirl in a different direction instead. Every effort should be made to stop the situation prior to going hands-on. Solution #3: One person should never attempt to restrain Tigger. As I have complained on at least two other occasions, I do not feel that Tigger is being restrained properly by staff. I feel that staff is increasing the risk of injury to themselves and my son with improper restraint techniques. I request, once again, that staff be retrained on CPI and that I be allowed to attend the training. I am glad that the CPI trainers are coming next week and hope that this problem will be resolved soon. Solution #4: If staff feels unsure of their ability to maintain my childs safety as well as their own, either additional training needs to be provided, perhaps beyond CPI, or additional staff may need to be hired. Solution #5: As I explained on the phone, with Tiggers school phobia issues, sending him home is likely to spark an increase in these outbursts. Solution #6: I resent the implication that I would treat my son to ice cream for getting in trouble at school. But since staff already rewarded him by allowing him to play legos, get treats and go home early, it is a moot point, yes?