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Hi, my name is TML! deciding to go down Sen school or keep mainstream

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TML
TML Community member Posts: 2 Listener
edited August 2022 in Education
Hi, my son is 9 undiagnosed high functioning autism/ADHD. Struggles with social/emotional/communication needs. High sensory needs. Was trying to find parents experience of deciding to go down Sen school or keep mainstream.
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  • Alex_Alumni
    Alex_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,562 Disability Gamechanger
    edited August 2022
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    Hello and welcome @TML and thanks for reaching out on the community, it's great to have you join :) I've moved your post into our Education category to help everyone share their thoughts more easily.

    The best place to go to find other members experiences of SEN school compared to mainstream school is our Education category, but you might also find our Autism and Neurodiversity and Children, Parents and Families categories helpful as well. 

    Do you feel as though your son is getting enough support in school at the moment?

    You'd be welcome to browse discussions, or make one of your own for our members to share their thoughts with you. 

    If you'd like to have a look at the rest of the forum, you can find all the latest conversations in our recent discussions category, all the different topics in our categories page, and you can meet and chat with other members over in our virtual coffee lounge too.

    Let us know if we can help further with anything, and we'll support you as best we can.

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  • TML
    TML Community member Posts: 2 Listener
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    Thanks Alex that's really helpful. He has just had a ed psych report which was really helpful. He has had a great teacher this year who was proactive but he will have a different teacher next year. He struggles with transition and change, he becomes so overwhelmed it impacts his ability to regulate emotions. so my worry is when he hits high school he won't cope with the multiple teachers and classrooms. Equally he struggles with children with similar difficulties. He is academically good so it's difficult to know what the best thing to do is.
  • Alex_Alumni
    Alex_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,562 Disability Gamechanger
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    I can see why you're facing a difficult decision @TML, has your son given any indication of the type of school he'd prefer, SEN or mainstream? 

    School is difficult enough for children without the extra barriers that some face due to their disability, and it's understandable that change is a big trigger for your son.

    I wonder have you contacted IPSEA before? IPSEA offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). 

    They are best to contact if you encounter any issues with getting the right support for your son, in whatever school environment he's in. 

    Does your son have an existing EHCP, if I may ask?
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