Originally Posted by peaceful_mama
follow up. They can't solve a problem they don't know about. and a screeching child needs to be moved somewhere else to screech. Classrooms are places to listen, work, and learn. I would be livid if this were allowed at my son's school. I AM NOT speaking against mainstreaming. I AM saying that any kid disrupting like that needs to be removed AND return when they can stop. It's not fair to the rest of the class if a child is allowed to create that much disruption to their learning. And it's not fair to the screecher if nobody takes a stand to teach the kid that this is not acceptable. No matter what special need he may/not have, nobody is doing the kid a favor by allowing this. It can be as simple as a minute out, but they have to address it. And, not to be harsh but, if this really goes on all day, maybe it is a case of a child who is not in the best setting for him, and you'd probably be doing that kid a favor by prompting the teachers to do something. i agree though the best way to approach is to address it in terms of how it's affecting your son.
To the people who said children don't want their parents to talk to their teachers about problems, VERY true in my case. My sister and I told our mom about some serious issues going on in school that we saw (one was alcohol use in the classroom and the other was a pedophilia issue-- not done to us) and my mom did NOT report it. It wasn't happening "to" us but we were 1st hand witnesses. As a parent now, I still can't believe she didn't report it-- she didn't because "we" told her not to!
But yes, I agree with pm. If my child were screeching all day in the classroom, frankly, I'd want my child out of the there and in with someone who had more than 1 or 2 special ed classes. I would want an EXPERT for my child! It's hard to know what the teacher is doing about it, however, how often it actually goes on, etc. If I brought it up to the teacher, it would be in a very open-ended, non-confrontational way . . .would not want to be accusatory or anything because I would not have all the info. I'd just bring up the fact that my child was complaining, and wait for a response. This way, the teacher knows the concern, but the teacher may be limited in what he/she can do, unfortunately.
To the OP-- I feel for your son. I am very sensitive to noise as well! In school I did a science project about people completing work while listening to classical music, rock music, and silence. Everyone-- even people who said they worked better with music-- always scored higher with silence. Granted, I was only in 5th grade, so I cannot guarantee the accuracy of these results!