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(Canada) British Columbia: Autistic students and aggressive behavior

May 18, 2017, (Canada) Global News: Calls for more funding following report on violent incidents in schools involving special-needs students Dione Costanzo’s son has autism and through the help of his aide, he has been attending school alongside his peers for several years. Costanzo says the same specially-trained experts who support her son should be made available to all special-needs kids in B.C., particularly for more complex cases. “A board-certified behaviour analyst could be brought in to do a functional analysis and really determine why a severe behaviour is happening, what the triggers are,” Costanzo said. Her comments come after a Global News report about a North Vancouver special education assistant (SEA) who said the school district isn’t doing enough to protect workers or support children unable to regulate aggressive behaviour. “I was kicked and punched and slammed into a display case,” former SEA Kristen Dehal said. “I received a concussion that day — I had a big bruise on the side of my face. “I’ve never blamed the child that assaulted me. There needs to be an airtight plan for each child that is designated with a special need and is going to be included in a school environment.”… Paul Faoro, president of Canadian Union of Public Employees BC (CUPE BC), which represents about 13,000 SEAs, places much of the blame on Christy Clark’s Liberal government. … “We need to start treating special education assistants [as] an integral part of the education system,” he said. “You just can’t look at one sector or one piece of the education system, you need to do a 360 review.”

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