Aditya  recently fell at school while he was transferring himself from GO-GO scooter to his chair.His teachers are now putting pressure on him not to get up from  his scooter at all.He dislikes that idea.He is moderately ambulatory , and wants to keep up with his ability.He goes to a Charter school in Florida.He gets no help other than few favors due to kindness of some people.What should I be doing in this siituation. He is in 6 th grade.

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Please ask your school to provide an "in service" training session to be provided by the district's physical therapist on appropriate transfers.  They may need an aide or paraprofessional to make the transfers instead of teachers.  A sliding transfer board may be a safe and effective alternative to standing or pivot transfers.  A scooter may not provide adequate trunk support for long term sitting and it would seem a student's desk and chair might be more appropriate.

This might need to be addressed in a Section 504 or IEP meeting depending on which program covers your son.  

Brian Denger

Thank you.Each bit of information is very important for me.He goes to the charter school .He was in IEP at public school till 5 th grade but as soon as we started at charters school for middle school most of his IEP had been not in effect.In Florida lot of money goes in elderly care and Autism. So there is not much for DMD.I had been asking for the aid when he was in 5th at public school but he was denied.He gets no school PT.I am in medical field and takes care of all that for him. Basicly no help from school,state etc..

Brian Denger said:

Please ask your school to provide an "in service" training session to be provided by the district's physical therapist on appropriate transfers.  They may need an aide or paraprofessional to make the transfers instead of teachers.  A sliding transfer board may be a safe and effective alternative to standing or pivot transfers.  A scooter may not provide adequate trunk support for long term sitting and it would seem a student's desk and chair might be more appropriate.

This might need to be addressed in a Section 504 or IEP meeting depending on which program covers your son.  

Brian Denger

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