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I'm interested in hearing from parents who have used special education services in the NISD, particularly for ADHD and Asperger's students. My 1 year experience wasn't good, though it was a new school--on the other hand there are a lot of new schools in my area. The services coordinator that works for my son's charter mentioned that the regular PSs have a more established SE program and that we may at some point decide that we may find our current school inadequate. Looking around online I can find a lot of "the NISD has great special education services" but I can't find anything more specific than that.


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We are in the NISD school district, but we homeschool so I am unsure of the quality of SE services.  I would like to know too, because my mds needs speech services.  I hope you're able to find something out.

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My DH works for NISD (he is not a teacher). He's definitely in the know about which schools have the best programs for multiple issues, as in his position he's worked with almost every school and visits campuses often. I will ask him, he will be home for lunch shortly!


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We had an ok experience with the elementary and are currently doing the whole IEP process with the middle school. I have to push a little bit, but they've generally been pretty easy to work with.

My son has aspergers.

If you want the name of a SpecEd advocate, let me know, I'm friends with a GREAT one.


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We had an ok experience with the elementary and are currently doing the whole IEP process with the middle school. I have to push a little bit, but they've generally been pretty easy to work with.

My son has aspergers.

If you want the name of a SpecEd advocate, let me know, I'm friends with a GREAT one.

 

wave.gif I've 'seen' you around before. My school has been pretty easy to work with too, but the school is young (and a charter, so fewer resources) and the contractor lady implied that the school would be "learning on him" on how to do this right and that the regular ps districts had good programs already going. And surfing around that seems to be true; NISD and (more so) NEISD seem to have good reputations for spec. ed.

 

But, the grass is always greener and I don't know if a more established program will make up for some of the negatives of the neighborhood school (size, noise, problems with other students that continue after school, eventually needing to take the bus etc.). At ds' current school he would have the same special ed program (and people more or less) through graduation; which seems like a big plus since I read a lot of complaints about maintaining appropriate services through middle and HS. Perhaps it's that Ds' K experience was so terrible that I have difficulty imagining a worse one. I think I'd rather have a school that is willing to learn, than to end up at one that can't be bothered or that actually fights me.

 

It also looks like the school resource people are primarily concerned with children meeting state standards and the contracted people are more aware of SEd law as well as knowing what services to provide and getting it done; so as long as the school contracts with competent people we may be OK.  I need them to ensure ds gets what he needs to succeed there, but I'm also looking to outside sources for help so it's not all on them.

 

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wave.gif I've 'seen' you around before. My school has been pretty easy to work with too, but the school is young (and a charter, so fewer resources) and the contractor lady implied that the school would be "learning on him" on how to do this right and that the regular ps districts had good programs already going. And surfing around that seems to be true; NISD and (more so) NEISD seem to have good reputations for spec. ed.

 

But, the grass is always greener and I don't know if a more established program will make up for some of the negatives of the neighborhood school (size, noise, problems with other students that continue after school, eventually needing to take the bus etc.). At ds' current school he would have the same special ed program (and people more or less) through graduation; which seems like a big plus since I read a lot of complaints about maintaining appropriate services through middle and HS. Perhaps it's that Ds' K experience was so terrible that I have difficulty imagining a worse one. I think I'd rather have a school that is willing to learn, than to end up at one that can't be bothered or that actually fights me.

 

It also looks like the school resource people are primarily concerned with children meeting state standards and the contracted people are more aware of SEd law as well as knowing what services to provide and getting it done; so as long as the school contracts with competent people we may be OK.  I need them to ensure ds gets what he needs to succeed there, but I'm also looking to outside sources for help so it's not all on them.

 

And I'd love to have the name the advocate thumb.gif.

I am going to message you. We ought to get together IRL. :) 

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