Allow Behavioral Therapists to Attend Rochester, MN Public Schools with Autistic Students
ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) therapy is the research-based treatment medically prescribed to our son, Julian Lane, who is on the Autism Spectrum. He was diagnosed with PDD-NOS @ age 4 and has been receiving in-home ABA therapy for almost 1 year. We had to pull him out of a Rochester, MN Public preschool program due to the district not allowing his ABA therapist to attend school with him (at our cost) instead of a paraprofessional (at the district's cost.) We then placed him in a private preschool where they welcome his BT to attend w/ him. Academically, he’s in the above average range for Kindergarten-readiness, but socially he struggles. Para's are not trained in ABA therapy and would not be able to provide him with the support that is necessary for him to thrive in Kindergarten. We do not feel that we should have to remove him from the public school system to continue with his medically prescribed treatment. Neighboring, smaller districts readily allow behavioral therapists to attend school with Autistic children, why can't the larger, supposedly more progressive district do the same?