I don't know what a "special behavior small class" is. Is that a whole different group of kids, some with learning differences and some with behavior disturbances who are in a smaller population classroom?
Would he be learning the same curriculum as the kids in the mainstream classes?
I would be very concerned about doing this. He's been having out of control rages at school, and also at home and in his afterschool program, but those are now under control for several months?
Have you had him evaluated by an Occupational Therapist?
I think I would sooner remove him from kindergarten for the rest of the year, work on his behavior difficulties, and re-enroll him next year than put him in a special class.
Do you have a parent advocate at your school or someone else impartial you could talk to in your school district?
I work full time or I would very much pull him out. Although I still wouldn't be able to do all of the evaluations that the school is going to do.
A behavior classroom does have the same curriculum, but while he's there he's also having a bunch of evaluations done, including an occupational eval. Hopefully in the upcoming months we'll know more what's going on, but I'm now just so thankful that we have a small classroom environment option that I've decided to embrace it. We can transition him out later, but with the correct support he needs.
As to education. He had minor disruptions in his old class, which were interfering with his education, so hopefully even the academics will have a chance now. And really I need him to have a positive experience. K is so little to have such anger towards school.
We had just started with a new therapist (the 3rd, because we tried to go through the insurance at first and I finally gave up). He's in communication with the school, which is nice. I like that he's familiar with the school system as well, since I'm not. So yes, I feel like I have an impartial advocate (if not partial for my boy).
I'm more comfortable now with this and everyone thinks this is a transition, not permanent. The school has been really supportive and I really feel like I finally have help instead of the teacher looking at me to fix it by myself. An OT eval is ordered as just one part of it and I'm hopeful that the last leg of this journey might be available with this extra work ahead of us.
Glad to hear, and thankyou for getting back to us. I will be curious to hear what the OT has to say (if you don't mind sharing). Best wishes ... and feel free to ask if you have any more questions.