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Discipline Review Meeting,what should I expect?


A district discipline review meeting is scheduled for my third grade grandson. He is ADHD and taking Metadate and Intuniv. His doctor also thinks he is ODD(not diagnosed). He’s G/T and honor roll, has had individual and family counseling for 2 years. The ODD is an issue at school. He has been suspended twice this year for defiance, kicking over chairs/desks and running out of classrooms. I’ve also had to pick him up early at least 2 or 3 times. He is currently suspended for throwing a major tantrum, kicking and throwing objects to the extent that the teacher and other students evacuated the classroom to ensure their safety. Prior to this event, he was scheduled to be sent to AEP for 45 days unless behavior improved within 3 weeks. The principal has pics of the classroom after the event. Nothing was broken but it looks really bad. He’s had one meeting with the districts behavioral specialist. He is on tier 3 of an IEP. I requested a psych consult before the tantrum. What should I expect at the meeting?

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Hi momagain!

I’l sorry you are going through this. I hope this meeting will include a functional behavioral analysis (FBA)—a formal one, complete with a behavior specialist and the appropriate forms. If it doesn’t, I would tell them that you want an FBA. You also want a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) to be drafted from the FBA. Your son obviously needs an intervention plan. This process (FBA) will look at his behaviors, what triggers them, and define strategies to prevent these behaviors. Don’t let them tell you he doesn’t need this or they can’t do it. Hire an advocate to get it done if you have to. A child should not be suspended form school for behaviors that are caused by a disability.

My son has had one outburst like this (knocking over furniture and the room had to be cleared of students). It was in 4th grade when he had a rigid teacher who refused to implement his IEP accommodations for ADHD and two learning disabilities. She pushed him to the breaking point. My son was NOT suspended or even punished for this. The principal knew it was a result of his disabilities. She did request an FBA from the exceptional children department though.

Push for the FBA and an intervention plan. It’s not ok for your son to keep having these outbursts but it’s also not ok for the school to suspend him every time.

I would also get back with the doctor ASAP and look into the possibility of ODD or mood disorder and treatment for that.

Penny
ADDconnect Moderator & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Feb 10, 2014 at 2:15pm

I can’t help you with what to expect but I can relate. My son has been on Intuniv and it isn’t having the same effect anymore. Especially at school. He has been prescribed Metadate CD but we are waiting for it to be filled. I got a call from his teacher today that he was hitting kids and screaming in class. They never make me come get him thankfully. There are talks of him being sent to a special programs school. I’m not even sure what that is. It’s all so sad.

Posted by irishswedeheart on Feb 12, 2014 at 1:19am

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