Good for you for asking questions and not accepting the status
quo. I'd say - he's getting better for you. Change is very hard
for Aspergers' kids and he's just had a big one - his teacher
left and a new came in. But that he went from diving under his
desk to just crying - that's a HUge improvement and a sign he's
getting comfortable with you.
IEPS are usually useless - I'd agree with the resource teacher
- don't worry about the IEP. They're legal documents full of
things that are impossible to make happen that are really just
intended to prevent lawsuits.
Something in your post and in the questions that you ask
suggest to me that you might be a natural at teaching and have
the kind of personality that kids respond very well to. Your
Aspergers' kid is getting better for you - it's a great sign.
Are his parents Aspergers' too? It's usually the case that one
of the parents will be 'Aspergerish'. You could call the one
who's not and just say "I'm Mrs. Smith and I'm just calling to
introduce myself and ask if there are any suggestions you might
have for me as to how best to help Tommy with the transition?"
Just that call and the question can cast a magical net over
the situation even though no magical suggestions from the
parents will be forthcoming.
Whatever you're doing is working and likely not just for the
Aspergers' child but for the rest of the kids too. That you've
been out of teaching for 9 years means nothing if you're a
natural at teaching and I think you are.
> I've just started a long term substitute job in a fourth
> grade classroom until May or June. I've not taught
> elementary school in 9 years, so I can really use
> One of the students is a boy with Aspergers. At random
> times during the week, an aide comes to class to work with
> him, but I never know when the aide will come. The boy
> frequently becomes overwhelmed, upset, and angry. Last
> week, he dove under his desk several times a day, crying
> and throwing books & papers. Yesterday & today, he did not
> go under his desk, but cried about 4 times during the day.
> The other teachers have told me that is normal for him.
> I've asked for his IEP, but the resource teacher was too
> busy to give it to me and told me "not to worry about it."
> I asked the principal for suggestions, but she didn't have
> any. The other teachers have said this is just how he is.
> Any ideas?