Mygym, take 3

October 16, 2007 at 10:27 pm 2 comments

Those of you who have been reading a while know of the Mygym debacle of a year ago and how we had this h-mongous credit and went back out of sheer “what are we going to do with Isaac so he doesn’t go postal on us”-ness. We were happy, and signed up for a 2nd session, even though we thought that we were just going to do the summer and walk away.

When you think that, DO IT.

Now, here we go with what brought me to this realization….bear with me. This is a ride.

1) Isaac’s favorite teacher left to go into the Navy. he left 3 weeks early. No explanation or goodbye was given. It was really kinda shady.

2) There was another special needs child in Isaac’s class. We’ll call her A. A had a rough start and she then had her special ed provider come and do class with her. A and her mother were given 1 week to turn A’s behavior around (even though the provider was there), or she was going to be asked to leave the class.  This is contrary to their policy. They say they welcome special needs kids.

3) FEE INCREASE!!! They think their idea of a “bonus” is 5.00 off the price! It went from 138 to 148 for 8 weeks, and they were giving 5.00 off? What the heck?

4)The assistant teacher was horrid. OMG. I am one of those people who give the benefit of hte doubt to all people and let them attempt to sort themselves out unless they do bodily harm to my son or endanger him in any way. The assistant teacher, V, was completely frustrated with Isaac, and A for that matter, as well as getting very snotty with us. I feared for my child’s safety on a few elements when she was running the show.

5)Special needs kids are targets (or at least it feels like that.) A and Isaac were targeted and their behavior was constantly the subject of bringing them back. There were other kids who acted worse than Isaac and A, and nothing was ever said. Even A’s mom and her Sped provider, M, said that they felt that Isaac and A were targets. Sad, isnt it?

6)When I called to finally complain about V, the owner turned the conversation from the entire reason I called (which was “V is really a huge reason we don’t want to come back”) to chastising me for Isaac’s behavior, although it’s only a 3 year old acting out because his world is upside down. Then, when I told her that the fee increase was also prohibitive, she said I could pay in installments…Gee..really nice. The conversation was useless. I got off the phone more frustrated then I went in.

7)If a child has a rough night, they get asked to bump down to a lower class. I had to argue with the owner that the class Isaac is in is perfect for him. He really needs the structure and the turn taking and all of that. He was perfect for that part of class. He had a rough circle time, and she had the nerve to suggest we go back tothe pell mell class we left. Yeah, right, that’s really happening.

B told me I should alert the media. I don’t know if I will. I think that blogging and hitting corporate with some of these issues, especially the targets on Special needs kids will be enough. Right now, we’re not going back. I think we’re going to do soccer or swimming. We can’t even fathom trying this a third time.

So, we’re finishing off the session next week, and we’re going to end it there. Isaac still asks for Gary (the teacher that left) and even though I told him and explained that Gary moved away (easiest explanation) he still wants him. We’ve got no ties anymore, and since we feel targeted as special needs kiddles, we’re just not gonna do it.

I hate when people feel the need to give you advice, target your child and not think you really know what’s best for your child.

Rant over.

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Entry filed under: annoyances, cage rattling, shrimper.

Channeling my own Shii-Ann the fast update…

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. TheAngelForever  |  October 17, 2007 at 2:24 am

    I totally forgot they are technically part of a chain. Definitely contact corporate and let them know that the local branch is making special needs children and families feel like targets and unwelcome. They will potentially lose a lot of business. Do they not realize that it’s a small community around here? Hello, could that be why their numbers are low and they don’t make money — DING DING DING!!!

    Seriously you could still contact the TU or one of the local stations to report this, especially IF corporate doesn’t reply. That would be bad PR. Heck tell them you are going to let the world know in something other than just your blog.

    C’est Moi

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  • 2. georgeanne  |  October 17, 2007 at 4:16 pm

    Oh Laura – I feel your suffering!! Two teenagers and I’m getting calls daily about what I do WRONG! Thank goodness for good people… speaking of which – I have offfically TAGGED you .. because you are a super lady who needs a break from the mundane and a chance to enjoy all the great things in the world. Remember to take time for yourself!

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