difficult child had two detentions today. He is really struggling in his mainstream art class. The only classes he is mainstreamed in are two P.E. classes and the art class. The biggest problem is his constant interruptions. I know how infuriating this can be. If you try to ignore difficult child he just gets louder and louder. The art class has other Special Education classes as well as regular ed kids and I know the interruptions take time away from other kids. The case manager is telling him that he gets 3 interruptions in an hour and then he is out of art class (and, presumably to detention). I told her I understand how frustrating the interrupting is but did ask if she think it was reasonable to expect him to only interrupt 3 times in an hour? Did she think that was within his control? I said while I didn't want to cause a problem that I didn't think difficult child should be punished if it is something he truly has no control over. I understand them removing him to work in a smaller environment if he is too disruptive but don't think it should be a detention. Now, if he is being rude and disrespectful to others a detention may be warranted. I got the feeling she didn't really agree with me (not about it not being in his control) but she did say they would let him work awhile and then give him a quieter environment. It is so frustrating. As a teacher I would never punish the autistic child in my class who talks non stop much of the day. It isn't within his control. We use other strategies to help us. husband and I are quickly becoming frustrated with his case manager and spec. ed team. Last year difficult child was in a school in the afternoon that only had 4 kids per class (for behavioral reasons). He did great there because they could meet his needs. Of course, now that he is in high school they have nothing like that available. Do they think because he is now in "high school" all of his behavior will stop? Seriously they are Special Education professionals they should know better!