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Infringing Upon Civil Liberties......

Yes, you read that title right.  We just had a new student with autism transfer to our school who is a stickler for his constitutional rights.  During the last week, we've heard some interesting things such as:

* Telling him to be quiet in the media center is interfering with his freedom of speech.
* Asking him to place his stickers only inside his folder is imposing upon his civil liberties.
* He couldn't be waving his napkin in someone's face because that would mean he would have to actually place the napkin inside the person's head.
*If you lined him up with 100 other kids his age, he would be smarter than 97 percent of them, because his doctor said his IQ was in the 97th percentile.

There's been many other interesting conversations with him, also.  He's very smart and I am probably not smarter than a 2nd grader!  He used his pattern blocks to create a Jewish star and wrote "In memory of Anne Frank and the other victims of the Holocaust."  Yes, we are testing him for gifted!

In the meantime, I'm trying to come up with some ways to get the behavior more conducive to a classroom setting.  Since he's such a stickler for rules, I made this Student Rights and Responsibility handout that you can download for free if you click on the picture.  There are 3 different versions.

Does anyone else have any suggestions for dealing with such a logical, by the book student?  I'm sure we'll be needing a lot of help with this student!

On another note, I've been trying to keep track of all the special ed bloggers that I come across in blogland.  We're in such a minority, and I want to know all of you that I can!

Drum roll are all the special ed bloggers that I know about.  If you're not on the list, please leave a comment, so I can add you!  Let's all support each other since there's so few of us!

Differentiation Station comes from Heather who is a Primary Resource teacher.

A Special Kind of Class comes from Amanda who has an elementary classroom for students with severe physical and/or speech disabilities.

Life in Special Education comes from Karla who has a K-5 self-contained classroom.

Class Full of "Special" Kinders comes from Jeannie who teaches a special education Kindergarten.

Ms. Rachel's Room comes (obviously) from Ms. Rachel who has a K-5 self-contained classroom.

Sped-Ventures comes from a self-contained classroom teacher of students ages 9 to 14.

Mrs. Gibson's Everday Classroom comes from Casey who is a special education teacher in Virginia.

The Resource(ful) Room is from Amy and I assume she is a resource room teacher!

Special Speckled Eggs comes from Claire who teaches exceptional students

Toad-ally Exceptional Learners comes from Mrs. Whiteley who teaches a K-6 resource room.  She doesn't have a blog button but can be checked out {here}.

We are ALL Special comes from Karlie who teaches has an elementary classroom for students with emotional behavior disorders.  You can visit her blog {here}.

Fun in ECSE comes from Kate who teaches early childhood special ed for students ages 2.5 - 5.

Mrs. H's Resource Room comes from Kim who teaches Grades 3 through 5 in a resource/co-teaching model.

Love Bug Learning comes from Sharima who teaches 3rd and 4th grade special education.

I hope I didn't leave anyone out.  If I did, please leave a comment with a link to your blog!

Graphics from Scrappin Doodles


  1. Oh, yes I have had a student just like that! It really did help to get him involved in something that might be a little more of a challenge for him. We did a lot of work with social skills and understanding other peoples rights/feelings too. Thanks for sharing all the sped blogs out there, I also like to keep track of them, we're growing a little!
    The Resource(ful) Room!

  2. Good luck with your new student!

    Can I be added to the Special Ed blog list:) I have a self-contained EBD/resource room. Thanks:)

    We are ALL Special!

  3. Oh my word! I have no help to offer, but am just flabbergasted by what you now have to work on with your new one! I can't wait to read more about how it develops - so keep us posted. I so want to learn in case I ever meet one of these little types!
    - Leslie

  4. I love all the special ed blogs you posted. I have also started a special ed blog. I teach ECSE (early childhood special ed) ages 2.5-5. I love how you have so quickly found out his likes and strengths and have created activities around that! I would love to be added to your special ed blog list! :)

  5. Thank you thank you for the list of sped blocks! Very helpful!

  6. Ok, I think I got everyone added that replied. It's so exciting to see more special ed teachers out there!

    Leslie - Oh, I'm sure I'll have more stories to share with this new little one!


  7. Thank you for adding me to the list:) Check out my blog to see the One Lovely Blog Award that I gave you!

    We are ALL Special!

  8. You have an amazing blog! I love your post!! It reminded me of a few of my students! Stop by my blog and see the One Lovely Blog Award I gave you!


  9. Great blog! Great post!!! I have a kid with autism that reminds me of your student. Whenever, he gets in trouble he says that his rights are violated and that he will have to go to war. Especially after they studied the Revolutionary War. He said that the British (our music teacher) was out to get him. I feel ya!! :)

    BTW...I am also a special education blogger

  10. I once had a student similar to this one. The rules were meant for everyone BUT him. He would completely freak out over the smallest of changes to routine. If food service didn't get green beans in their order so they changed the lunch menu from green beans to corn, he'd freak out. They put green beans on the menu, he liked green beans, he didn't like corn, so they should be having green beans. This would cause him to have a mini-break down. Since our classroom was past the cafeteria I solved this problem by having him check with the cooks each morning, in a nice way, if there were any changes to the menu for the day. Then it was his job to come to class and announce any changes to the rest of us. This gave him control over the change and he was ok with it.
    Maybe finding a way to help him be in charge of something will help.
    Good luck, I'm sure you'll do fine!

  11. Thank you for sharing this list. I can't wait to pass it on to some of the teachers at my school. I also wanted to thank you for your "Lovely" blog by sharing an award. For more details stop by my blog.
    Life with Mrs. L

  12. Thanks so much for putting my on your list !! I also just gave you the lovely award on my blog.

  13. That student sounds a lot like the parents in my district! I also have a special ed blog.

    Lesson plans & Lattes

  14. I've had students like your's before that were mainstreamed into my regular ed. class. My advice is to - pick your battles and -only work on one behavior to shape at a time. I also found that a visual schedule that allowed me to circle a happy face after completing each part of the day helped. You will get the hang of not speaking in vague ways with him as well (changing "in his face" to "in front of his face" ) Good luck and have fun, he sounds like he will be suprising you each day with something else he knows!