Mom Outraged After Teacher’s Aide Pulled Out Son’s Wrong Tooth

The latest school horror story… a teacher’s aide in Massachusetts noticed that a student with autism was bothered by a loose tooth.

So she pulled it out

We pulled [the tooth] out today and had him checked by the nurse immediately after,” the teacher said in an email to the student’s mother. “He is fine. You will be receiving his tooth this afternoon when he arrives home. If you are bothered by us pulling his tooth, please let me know. I apologize for this in advance.”

The situation worsened when Chris came home and Grant realized they removed a molar instead of the loose tooth.

Now, the fact that she apparently managed to pull out the wrong tooth is troubling enough. But let’s get to to the heart of the matter here.

What possessed this woman to think removing a student’s tooth was an appropriate course of action? And how often have we seen these wildly inappropriate actions taken just because the student involved happens to have autism?

via Huffington Post: Sabrina Grant, Mom, Outraged After Teacher’s Aide Pulled Out Son’s Wrong Tooth.

‘Seclusion rooms’ for autistic students raise questions

Does your school use a “calming room?”

Teachers put special-education students in “seclusion rooms” when the students exhibit aggression and let them go to “calming rooms” to pre-empt that behavior. The St. Vincents say their son spent too much time isolated in those rooms when he was supposed to have been mainstreamed with other fifth-graders at Scales Elementary School.

via ‘Seclusion rooms’ for autistic students raise questions – USATODAY.com. H/T: @talkaboutautism

Autism Awareness: Growing Older with Autism

Part IV in a series – this video focuses on the challenges people with autism may face as they reach high school and beyond. Guests include:

  • Jaime French – Step Forward Program, Gateway Community College
  • Allene Nicolari – Coordinator of Special Education, Guilford High School
  • Sara Reed – Autism Society of Connecticut

Produced for Guilford Community Television by Tony Fappiano