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New teacher doesn't seem very understanding

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PartyFants Mon 19-Sep-16 18:13:00

My child has just moved school, very very mild asd, no official diagnosis, I'm lost in the process of getting them assessed, I don't know where I'm at with it all. Apparently there's no teaching assistant in the class and the new teacher doesn't seem very understanding of my child's additional needs.

To give a brief example, my child struggles to find things, so they "can't find" their coat, bag, book etc and they tend to give a default answer of "it's at home" to the teacher (but it isn't, it's in school!) I have explained this a few times, that they struggle, not just being awkward or lazy, and I have now received a letter moaning that my child has failed to bring in a certain item on multiple occasions. The item in question has been in school since the beginning of term.

I have explained this -again- to the teacher and said my child needs help to find it, but I got snapped at that she has 32 children to see to and doesn't have time to find my child's things. Well fair enough but I don't see how sending me a letter demanding the item sitting in her classroom is meant to help. It seems she'd rather assign blame than try to find a solution. (I am trying, I have ordered a neon version of the item so they can find it easier, but they could do with a designated peg too)

And it's the same for other problems, the attitude seems to be "suck it up because I have too many children to cope with as it is"

When my child hasn't absorbed an instruction (which happens often) and doesn't know what to do, she says "Don't ask me, ask someone else in the class. I've told you once, I'm not saying it again" - it seems unfair as we have always known they have problems absorbing verbal information, and especially spoken instructions.

Any advice please?

zzzzz Mon 19-Sep-16 19:58:13

Respond in writing using email (as it is timed and dated). The "correspondence" about these unce dents becomes your evidence should you want to demonstrate need.

I would describe her letter, explain history of highlighting difficulty and ask her to tell you what she has done to ensure your child is supported in gaining the skills needed to attend her class. Explain that you cannot do more your end as you have already bought (neon) more easily found items and alerted her to his difficulties.

Shape the letter with numbered questions for her to respond to.

Cc it to the school SENCO

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