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 Post subject: ES BOCES
PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2011 2:39 am 
BOCES is an educational service that provides programs for children with special needs disabilities, behavioral problems and learning disabilities in Suffolk County. These students require special attention that often cannot be met in their regular school programs due to emotional, behavioral outburst. They are the most venerable of our populous.
Yet, due to the economic downturn in recent years ES BOCES is trying to cut the financial burden on Suffolk County. Which of course, should be applauded. But instead of cutting non-essential administrative personnel they have chosen to cut individual aids and PARRa's that work closest with these students! They assist in classroom management and monitoring individual student behavior through crisis intervention by implementing positive behavior management strategies or others supported by the program.  They have been trained to perform physical intervention techniques (Therapeutic Crisis Intervention) their job is to provide consistency through the transition from one program to another.
Any parent of a special needs child could tell you; "Individual consistency and routine" are core and essential in working with these children.
By changing Parra's and individual aids mid-year, (summer session) it places these students in harms way. Without supported transition these highly volatile students with known behavioral outburst will suffer unreasonably long stays in the time out room.
So, how can an highly regarded BOCES hire newly graduated high school students to take the place of seasoned professionals?

I don't know. But I believe this is an accident waiting to happen :shock:

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 Post subject: Boces
PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 7:04 pm 
If a child has an IEP then they can not just get rid of the aide. Parents have A LOT of pull so if this is happening to your child, go talk to the head of BOCES and the head of Special ed at Sachem and demand they follow the IEP.

Summer programs do run a little differently and BOCES pulls from ALL their programs to fun a few programs so staffing changes according to the building it will be run at and which staff wants to work the summer. I am pretty sure they have seniority too so from all the BOCES progams across suffolk county during the year, get pulled together for a few programs that they run in the summer. Bottom line, if child requires aide then they have to give them one. Put on your child's IEP, "aide that is trained in XXX".

Each classroom also has at least one aide too depending on the make-up of the class. So they start out with at least 2 adults in the room even without IEP aides.

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