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Old 03-13-2008, 02:01 PM
 
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I was wondering if anyone knew of the best special needs schools in Oregon preferably in Monmouth or Dallas Oregon. I have a 5 yr. old with Autism, going into kindergarten.

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Old 03-13-2008, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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I have an AS kid, and the only special needs school is in Portland. Marion and Polk counties serve their kids within the school district. You will want to get your son tested here soon, and then they will make a recommendation for placement.
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Old 03-13-2008, 03:59 PM
 
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Thanks. We actually already had her tested and are trying to relocate from out of state, we have family in Oregon and would like to live in Dallas or Monmouth. I was just curious if anyone knew which town was better.
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Old 03-13-2008, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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I used to work as a child and family therapist, and I disliked working with the Independence and Monmouth special ed teachers, but that was over 6 years ago. It may be better now. I don't have any experience with Dallas special ed. Why don't you email Dana Campbell at info@salemsoar.org. She is the founder of Salem Oregon Autism Resources (SOAR) and may know some parents who could share their experiences. She might be able to help, or at least direct you to someone who could direct you to someone...
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Old 03-14-2008, 10:09 PM
 
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I believe most Oregon public schools support inclusion. They hire IA's (Instructional Assistant's) to help the children with special needs. They develop IEP's (Individual Education Plan) for the student, and guide them through their day... helping them in their classrooms, and walking with them to their "specialists" (speech therapist, physical therapist, etc...). They act as liaison between the parents, teacher, specialists, and even bus driver if there is need for one.

My boys attended a wonderful public school in Eugene, OR (Gilham Elementary) which had many autistic children. Each special needs child had their own IA assigned to them. They were able to participate as much as they could with all the other children, but also had the IA there with them if they needed to do something else or couldn't participate that day or for that situation.

I would suggest reading through the school district website of the places you are considering moving to. You can also call and ask around for info directly, see if they can recommend the best possible place in the area that would be a good fit for your son.
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Old 03-16-2008, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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Default Eugene!

Eugene has many facilities for handicapped, disabled, autistic, etc kids & adults..The city is very supportive of such people and the schools have many programs for autism etc...They even have an autistic city bus driver,,,
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Old 03-16-2008, 07:50 PM
 
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I agree!! Eugene also has wonderful recreation opportunities for children with special needs... even a really nice indoor heated pool which is equipped especially for kids that need extra help.
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Old 11-25-2008, 02:23 PM
 
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Default How's it going with your child's education?

Hi. Just wondering if you decided between Dallas and Monmouth. I'm a special ed person in the area, and am interested in your discoveries about these school districts.
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Old 09-21-2009, 02:45 PM
 
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Hello, My family is getting ready to move to the Portland area and have a son who is in need of a special needs school. Are all portland schools integrated? He has been in a seperate school his entire life and don't like the idea of the integration especially since he is no where close to being his age mentally. Please help!!
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Old 09-23-2009, 05:48 PM
 
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We have a special needs granddaughter who is 14 years of age has done well in the mainstream school classes. This year though the high school is trying to make her remain in the (what they call TLC) special needs class with some children who are so severely handicapped that they are constantly screaming and disruptive.Even though her Mother (my daughter) wants her to be mainstreamed as much as possible as she is capable of learning. They are not providing her with an aide as in the past years and she has to find her classes, her locker, her books, change for PE clothes and be punctual to class, etc. She has only been in school 2 weeks and already they have changed her schedule 3 times. I would be confused, so I am sure she is. She was removed from one PE class because a girl hit her and in response she hit her back. My daughter is so frustrated because she wants her to learn and grow but it seems the school system there just wants to hide these kids and give them an honorary diploma someday and be rid of them. Are there schools elsewhere in Oregon that provide a more nurturing environment for these types of children? She is Down Syndrome and a beautiful, smart young lady.
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