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Old 05-05-2012, 06:18 AM
 
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Default Autism and James E Allen Elementary

Can anyone give me their view on James E Allen Elementary School in Dix Hills for my 6yr old with Autism odd/ nos. I know this apart of Western Suffolk BOCES.
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Old 05-05-2012, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Long Island,New York
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I'm not sure about Dix Hills but not too far away, tons of the special needs teachers and administrators talk about the Hauppauge district.
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Old 05-05-2012, 07:38 PM
 
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My stepson, now 20 attended James E Allen and now attends James E Allen JR/Senior HS. He has done well in both schools, the progress he has made is great.

A lot of what they can offer depends on your home school district as they provide at least part of the funding for special programs and any devices he may need.

You will need to attend about 4 meetings a year and push for his needs with the home district who will also have a rep at the meeting. They also generate lots of reports and other paperwork such as contact updates, alternate drop off forms and do follow up if you are a day late returning them.

Have never had a complaint about either school
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Old 05-06-2012, 07:26 AM
 
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Thank you very much Kevin would love to learn more about your experiences there. Thank you Lancet for responding.
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:32 AM
 
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I cannot say enough wonderful things about James E. Allen! My grandson is 8 years old and attends there and in the last 3 1/2 months his world has completely changed! He was in regular elementary (self contained) and it just wasnt working for him. He was melting down severely and they were just not equipped to handle his sensory needs. He hated gym (didnt want to go anywhere near a gym because he couldnt keep up with the others and would get physically and emotionally frustrated!) Everyday he would tell me how he didnt want to go to school and would cry on a daily basis. Someone recommended that I put him in James E. Allen and our world would change. At first, it was difficult to accept that it was where he needed to be, but let me tell you, when I started to see him succeed and actually be happy to be going to school...it is the best feeling in the world!!!!! I could go on and tell you so much about how not just his world changed, but mine as well. I, for one, am very pleased with this school.
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Old 05-10-2012, 01:27 PM
 
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I agree wholeheartedly with puddingface!

My son started at James E. Allen Elementary in Kindergarten, nonverbal, highly aggressive, an eloper, not potty trained, academically nowhere, etc. He is 10 now - you can have a conversation with him, has a weekly spelling test average of 96, does homework nightly, no aggression, no longer escapes and has blossomed socially. I give James E. Allen a lot of the credit - they put excellent behavior plans in place, have great therapists, really pushed my son as far as they could to make him succeed. While all of his teachers have not always been spectacular, the programs, administration and support are wonderful. They have a great principal who is truly involved and not just there for a paycheck. They also have many social opportunities - a Fall Fun Day, Halloween parade, talent show, Holiday show, movie nights, bingo nights, scout programs, field trips, etc. There is no such thing as a perfect placement, but I am extremely happy with the progress my son has made at James E. Allen Elementary in the last 5 years.
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Old 05-12-2012, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Smithtown, NY
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Get an educational consultant! I waited too long before getting professional help outside of the school district. You need an objective ear. My child has HFA and was taken advantage of by the greedy public schools. I felt horrible in retrospect because I was not well informed of my rights. The best resource is the Independent Education Consultants Association - IECA. Sort by "New York" and find an expert close to you. I live on the north shore so I used a Dr. Grimaldi. He was the best!!!!
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Old 05-12-2012, 05:27 PM
 
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Cathy I am currently working with a special education advocate and getting additional evaluations for my son. Thank you very very much. If there is anything further you would advise please please text me at tierysamuels@gmail.com
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Old 05-12-2012, 05:29 PM
 
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Pudding face and Mercim thank you for your advice. I will be visiting the school at the end of the month.
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Old 05-12-2012, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Smithtown, NY
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I wish you the best of luck. Best advice I can give you is to stay one step ahead of the school district. They all are tricky and unfortunately do not have the best interests of the children at heart. I used an advocate before contacting a qualified and certified educational consultant. The advocate was a nice person but truly didn't have the background knowledge. My personal experience with an advocate was that he made my relationship with the school actually worse. It became a battle....us vs. them. It didnt help my child.
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