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- Talk to your school district: Ask if there is a camera installed on your child’s bus, ask how long the recordings are archived and how you can request to review video if you have reason to suspect a problem. Confirm that personnel background checks are done and ask if bus drivers and monitors receive specialized training prior to working with children with disabilities.
- Introduce yourself to your child’s bus staff, relay any concerns they should be aware of regarding your child’s individual needs. For example, “Please use an eyes on, hands off approach,” or “My child needs to be supervised, but does not like to be touched.”
- Observe your child: Watch for changes in behavior or anxiety when getting on or off the bus. Remember that this could be due to issues at school as well, so be sure to have discussions with both school and bus staff about your concerns.
- Follow your gut – and the bus! If you feel that something just isn’t right, drive the bus route at random times and monitor activity.
- Ask the school to assign a buddy or peer pal on the bus.
- Use photos of the bus driver and monitor as part of a social story for your child about going to school. This will also allow your child to communicate with you using those same pictures.
- If you notice any signs of abuse, take pictures, document everything, and report it to your local police department.
- Work with school staff/speech pathologists to help your non-verbal child develop an effective means of communication. Request an Assistive Technology Assessment if you feel your child would benefit from a communication/voice output device.
- Provide a Student Profile Form to your school and bus staff with information specific to your child’s individual needs.
Read more: http://nationalautismassociation.org/is-your-child-safe-on-the-school-bus/