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1/20/13 12:40 P

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I understand your frustration. As the mother of a son who has outbursts and is disruptive to classes, I understand. One thing you can talk to the teacher or owners about is putting her in an adaptive class or having a one on one instructor for in the class. She is also in the class to learn to handle her behavior.

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I'm facing a situation that I'm not exactly sure how I feel about it. I hope insight from others will help me figure out what I think so I can act (or not) appropriately.

My daughter takes gymnastics each week in a class with a student to teacher ratio is 8:1 (standard for USA Gymnastics). One of the little girls in her class has special needs. Some of this is physical, but it is mostly behavioral. She has outbursts in class every week, stopping class for several minutes so that the coach can help her through them, she refuses to go when it's her turn, etc.

I know that gymnastics is likely helping this little girl with her balance and coordination problems, and I am glad she has an opportunity to participate, but another side of me is concerned. The teacher has to spend a disproportionate amount of time with her, so the other girls in class get less instruction during the 1 hour class than they normally would (and I am paying $70/month for this...). This is something I struggle with as a teacher, giving one student the attention they need without slighting the others. I am also concerned that the teacher's attention being so often distracted by this one child's outbursts could lead to another child being injured. This little girl should not be in the class skill wise, but was allowed to move up so that she and her sister could be in the same class. The mom is in the viewing area, but almost never steps in. That may be by design to help the little girl learn to handle things by herself?

We love this gym, and it is owned by a high school friend, so I'm not looking to leave. Another class is not an option, as there is a 6 month waiting list for most classes.

I guess what I'm struggling with most is my own feelings. Part of me feels awful that I think this way, but I also have to protect my daughter (protect might not be the right word, but you know..), to make sure she gets as much out of this class as possible, safely. Does anyone have advice or experience in something like this? I want to make sure I know exactly how I feel and have considered all sides of this before I talk to the gym owners.

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