August 21, 2013
My child is ASD, and we were shanghai'ed into this school. The school, admin, paras are clueless on classroom and teaching techniques to be implemented. After many meetings, the school will not accommodate our child's needs. We asked many questions, held several 1on1 meetings with teachers & staff. With all that preparation, WE still knew MORE about teaching & handling ASD than the professionals. It's not simply understanding the disorder or terms, it's knowing how to handle security, bullying, shutting down, elopement, handwriting, and the host of manifestations. His K teacher told us straight out she'd never taught ASD kids and did not have any training for ASD. There were no visual cues for children to follow, no sensory play tables. The para was not certified, and on and on it went. The teachers in higher grades were similarly unprepared, unqualified. These types of children are good & academically proficient. They easily fall off an untrained, overworked teacher's radar who cannot spot a child in trouble. Moreover, the school & admin have refused to consider a transfer to a school meeting our needs If your child is ASD, do NOT send to Lopez.
- submitted by a parent