Please read- field trip question

Posted on: Mon, 03/31/2008 - 3:49am
nicolimom's picture
Joined: 02/04/2004 - 09:00

Hello all.

My son's class has 3 field trips coming up. My son has an IEP, no awareness of his allergy, etc. He is autistic.

We have discussed at meetings in regards to field trips , that he either has the option of not going, or a parent can accompany him. (I do not think this was written in IEP however)

Today when the topic came up, I was told I could not go on one of the particular trips (to a museum) , b/c other parents would complain that they could not go too. I have the option of sending my son on the trip or keeping him home (at least as of now, I do know that my son's teacher is working on this for me with the school) ..

Please give any advice on how you would handle this situation.

Thank you!

Posted on: Mon, 03/31/2008 - 4:26am
Spoedig's picture
Joined: 09/17/2004 - 09:00

Please explain what you mean by "no awareness of his allergy".
I have 2 sons - one pn/tn and latex allergic and my younger is PDD-NOS, OCD, SPD, etc. so I have both sides -- just not in one child.

Posted on: Mon, 03/31/2008 - 4:30am
nicolimom's picture
Joined: 02/04/2004 - 09:00

He's autistic and does not have comprehension at all of his allergy. He also eats just about everything he sees....

Posted on: Mon, 03/31/2008 - 6:33am
Mrsdocrse's picture
Joined: 01/16/2007 - 09:00

This is always tough. I have couple of questions.
Is he the only autistic child going or is he in a class with other children that have special needs?
When I was faced with this two other times.. ( ds was 5 at the time). I was allowed to go on the field trip. When they asked for volunteer shaperones I sent in the request. They also said that not every parent would be able to go. So I wrote a note and listed all the things that I felt needed to be done to keep him safe. I.E keep the epi pen with the person who was with him, know how to use it. wipe table down make sure he washes his hands before and after eating, keep an eye out for other children around then eating PB &J. I explained that he needed to watch closly because if they are going to a museum there are germs and possible PB everywhere. If he touches his eyes or mouth ect he could have a reaction... ect ect... So who ever is responsible for my child will need to accept this and do it to keep him safe. As a parent I would not want to put that burden on another child nor would I want to take on that extra burden of someone elses child ( if i wasn't already doing it with DS)
I was picked to go, the teacher was releived that I volunteered to go because she was not crazy about keeping such a close eye on him and the other 25 children that were going.
you might try that appraoch.
The other time I chose to keep him home because I was not confident that he could go there safely ( tour of Fenway park)
They cannot tell him he cannot go. How do you feel about him going? My son is in 1st grade now and we have not had any field trips this year so far.

Posted on: Mon, 03/31/2008 - 7:13am
nicolimom's picture
Joined: 02/04/2004 - 09:00

Thank you for your reply. I think this is a field trip only for the disabled kids in the school, so there will be quite a few other autistic kids with him (at least his class which has 6 others in it) .
I don't feel comfortable having him go, he is contact sensitive, and as far as I have been told they can take the epi with them, but not benadryl, b/c the nurse has to give this...but this surely does not sound right. I am not comfortable knowing that he'll be eating with others with pb/j as the school isn't pb-free. I think I am more annoyed at this point that even the papers (individualized health care plan) I was given from the school nurse herself said that parents are to be asked on all field trips! (I have pulled this packet aside to discuss with them this week)
Things look lovely written down, but in actuality it seems it's not the case...On paper I am told I can go, but then I am told- other parents will be jealous so I can't go??
Like you , I do not like putting the burden on others either, I know what you mean....

Posted on: Mon, 03/31/2008 - 10:02am
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Joined: 02/01/2007 - 09:00

I would insist on going. I would point out that your child can have a life threatening reaction and that other parents surely will see the difference in their situation and yours. If they don't allow it I'd just plain old go. I'd drive there. they can't keep you from a public place or from your child.

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