Those special souls that choose to work with special needs kids directly are gifted and patient people to a level that I could never even fathom being. I admire and respect all the work my kids teachers, behaviorist, therapists do directly with my kids, and they treat my kids just like they were their own.
Today was the first day of school, and Franklin takes the bus to and from his special ed. pre-school. Today the bus bringing Franklin home was 45 minutes late bringing home my special boy. So at 20 minutes late I called Transportation Dispatch and the line was busy, so I called another number in Transportation that I had and that was no answer after about 100 rings. So I then called the school to make sure they had in fact put my boy on the bus, and they said yes, and they also couldn't reach the Transportation department.
They didn't seem alarmed at all, but as the minutes clicked I really got anxious. School was on hold with transportation now trying to find the driver, they said they would call back in 5 minutes. In that 5 minutes still no bus has arrived, and now it's 30 minutes late, and called back and no answer at school or transportation. SERIOUSLY?!
So I did what any mother in a panic attack would do, and I called the Superintendent of the School district and told them if they did not find my son in 5 minutes I was going to call the Police for a missing child/kidnapping. Well the results are amazing when you throw that out there, and miraculously they were able to get a hold of the driver who said they were 2 minutes away from the house.
So this is going to have to be said because, and if I'm not politically correct or polite in the next paragraph, they'll have to get over it.
If you are working in an area where you will be dealing with special needs kids, autism, handicapped and specifically the childrens parents there are things you need to know.
- We are not nuts, but we are advocating in most cases for children that can not speak we expect answers, the right answers, immediately if not sooner (especially when we want to know the whereabouts of our kids).
- When we can not find our kids when they are in "your" care, when we call, RUN, do not 'effing walk to find them, do not put us on hold, do not say you will call back in 5 minutes FIND THEM NOW!!!!
- Unless you have a child with special needs that can not talk and let you know how scared they actually are because their routine is completely jacked up because of someone elses stupidity and incompetence you don't "Understand how I feel".
- These are our children, not a late UPS package that is being delivered, do not treat them as such, and tell me "we were backed up today". Would that be an acceptable answer to you if no one could find your kid for 45 minutes????
Yaaaaaa Rebecca!!! You got it right on my friend!!! God I miss you!! Michelle W. xoxoxoReplyDelete
Totally agree with this. The staff and teachers are great, for the most part, but sometimes the dismissive attitudes about things that are super important to us can drive me insane. Go warrior mom!ReplyDelete
Visiting from the MBC blog hop. You know I've heard that that happens a lot with the special ed busses, at least I've heard a few parents complain about itin our school district. Terrible. You did good.ReplyDelete
I cannot even imagine how panicked you must have been. I found you via a bloghop and am following you. Would love a follow back.ReplyDelete
I completely understand where you are coming from. I work with special needs children, and some people that I've worked with are just kind of "whatever" about their work. I work with one individual child, and I make sure she gets on her bus, and do not leave until the bus has left the school. I also have her mom's cell phone number just in case, and I talk to her often to make sure we are still on the same page.ReplyDelete
Her daughter is my responsibility for the time that she is at school, and I take it very seriously! :)
I'm a new follower from the FNF hop. Hope you can stop by http://mamasmusingsblog.blogspot.com
I'm impressed you didn't call 911!ReplyDelete
Just found your blog through the hop, so cute! Hope you'll stop by sometime!