IEP and diapers
Ok. So maybe I need to ask for him to have a 504 along with his IEP. His IEP is written only for speech issues. The school district has been less then helpful during this entire process so I am trying to arm myself of what to push for since they are not volunteering any information. It was all I could do to finally get them to agree to this meeting. Fun times!
I know my kid is not the only one that is on a IEP and not potty trained. Did you have diapering written in? How was it handled? We are going round with the school district and then the preschool that does not accept children in diapers. DS1 has ASD and potty training is not on his radar. I finally got a "team" meeting for next week but no one is going over my options. Any experience with labeling a preschooler as "disabled"?
I had DD2 on an IEP from age 3-5 as a preschooler. She was potty trained but got OT & PT at preschool. Her IEP was done through the local public school at age 3- I requested an evaluation/testing.
Her twin DD1 was on nothing and was not potty-trained at all due to medical reasons. We talked about a 504 for her, but since the preschool was so accommodating- it was not needed. It was a 3 hr program and to be honest was rarely an issue during that time.
Both DDs were in a preschool of with kiddos with Spec. Needs and At-Risk. The teacher was FABULOUS and DD1 had one restroom break at 1.5 hours into preschool and that was that. She wore pull-ups.
Yes, a 504 would cover medical issues. It covers any impairment that affects 'self-care skills'. It has legal heft and is required for any child that has a disability of any kind that would impact daily life.
My suggestion would be to do a written request for evaluation for ASD through the schools (or if you have outside eval see if they will accept it). The school then have about 30 days to evaluate and see if they need to adjust his IEP.
If you have an IEP and want to add a medical health care plan- you can do so. Be prepared to provide medical documentation for potty training (if it is physical, emotional, developmental that is causing the lack of Potty training, etc) from a Doctor.
Clearly state what your DS needs in the letter from a Dr ( X needs to be taken to the restroom every _____ hours. He needs assistance from an adult in changing. X should have a private restroom with his supplies within_____ minutes of his classroom., etc). Very explicit.
My DD2 is still not potty trained and she is 6.75. She is otherwise fully functional in the classroom. Her school has been great- as long as we provide medical documentation. She gets a restroom break every 2 hours and has paraprofessional assistance. She has a 504 (since she is not eligible for an IEP since her disability does not impact her academic success). It was as simple as requesting a meeting to discuss it, making sure I had a medical letter of her needs, and filling out the 504 paperwork. The school is then legally required to fulfill the 504 requirements. Schools HAVE TO allow 504s. A school may not tell you they 'do not do them'.
What kind of preschool setting is it? A private preschool can turn away a child that is not potty trained. Public funding should take any student with a disability. The school system should also have a preschool for students with special needs if needed.
Look at the website www.wrightslaw.com for information on your DS, his rights, eligibility for a 504/IEP, and other great information.