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MummyTJ Member Posts: 1
edited August 2016 in Education
Hi, I have a 5 year old with ASD/ ADHD he is currently in year 1 mainstream primary and has a statement and full time 1:1 support. Cognitively he is quite able but because of his sensory processing and sensory modulation difficulties as well as his social communication difficulties school is proving very challenging (as is his behaviour ;-) ) . I am finding it hard to find specialist schools within travelling distance of North East London. Can anyone recommend anything that has worked for you and your child?? Thanks you


  • JimJams
    JimJams Member Posts: 174 Connected
    edited June 2014
    I dont know about your area for schools but I have a similar problem now, my son was really settled in his autistic unit, but as he has grown he has been diagnosed with learning disability also and they are now looking at other schools to move him to as he is not able to access the curriculum where he is, we are very sad as his school is amazing, they are going to look into the option of bringing support to his school if they can to avoid upsetting him and his routine so fingers crossed
  • Mixxi
    Mixxi Member Posts: 29
    Finding a suitable school is really, really tough. Just when you think you've got it right they grow up some more and change and need something different!
    I suggest that you look at what schools are available in your area, request and read the prospectus then arrange visits with any that might be suitable. Are there mainstream schools with a communication and interaction centre attached? These can be good options. We looked at the Treehouse School which is North London. It is difficult to get a visit - you have to submit a chunk of paperwork just to come and take a look. It wasn't quite right for my boy but they gave us loads of ideas of what to look for and what would work.
    Depending on your area but it can be extremely difficult to get into a special school but that shouldn't discourage you - if you find one that will fit the bill. As your son gets older it may be more difficult for mainstream schools to accomadate him - but again, don't automatically reject that option either. The key thing with m/s schools is the attitude of the Head and teaching staff. If they are committed to inclusion then there is a far greater chance of getting it to work. The second important factor is your relationship with the school - if they are receptive to your ideas and keen to share information that's a huge plus point. Best of luck - remember it's an endurance test not a sprint so take you time. If you feel able to, please post how you get on.


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