Heron Creek, a K-12 therapeutic school in Oregon City. He's been there since pre-school, and is now in second grade. Heron Creek's primary focus is therapy first, secondary is curriculum.
Boo Boo Bear has really struggled at school this year. He's done everything from pounding his fists on desks to stab his counselor in the face with a pencil. I've had to pick him up from school a few times because he wasn't able to ride home safely on the bus and he's been suspended for a few days.
In December of 2011, Boo Boo Bear's suspension led to a review of his IEP, which left us all in agreement that full days are to demanding of a schedule for him. We determined half days would be in his best interest, allowing him to build some successful interactions in his school day, and minimizing his possible failures. He is currently still attending only half days at school.
Boo Boo Bear's behavioral issues don't appear to be decreasing however, and are becoming more a part of his "norm". He is easily agitated and becomes confrontational both physically and verbally nearly every day. Once home, he is very tired and shows less frustration tolerance than what I would expect from a child only attending school half days.
Because of this increased behavioral issues at school, I am looking into a day treatment program. I'm nervous because of the possible negative impact this could have on him. I worry to have Boo Boo Bear influenced by the kids who are worse off than him. I'm equally worried that if I chose to do nothing, then either nothing will change or things could continue to worsen. It's clear to me that he needs additional therapy in a school environment.
I would appreciate ANY advice, any stories good, bad or otherwise. I know I'm not alone here.