This morning, as I was putting Max's lunch and snacks in his bag for school, I pulled out the communication book that his teacher uses to tell me how his day has gone. Apparently on Friday Max took all his clothes off from the waist down to express his displeasure with something. Huh. That is not what did me in. Tucked in to the yellow communication book was a 5 page document titled "Student Safety Plan".
The document states:
- developed in response to risk of injury to the student and others
- not a plan created to remediate behaviour
- student must have a Behaviour Plan to support Safety Plan
- Created in consultation with the 'CORE TEAM' at school level
There is something about the documentation around Max's Autism that I find quite difficult. The words get blurry, and I often have to set them aside for review at a later time. I have read some devastating reports that have left me sitting in my car sobbing, feeling hopeless. The reports are absolutely necessary to get Max what he needs, be it funding, or fulfilling whatever requirements of paperwork hoops we have to jump through.
I get that the reports and documentation are very much necessary. But I wish they could somehow have some humanity and acknowledge that after all is said and done, there is a child involved.