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Old Feb 2nd, 2013, 15:23 PM   11
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Originally Posted by Mrs S-M View Post
My brother has Autism (he is now 20) and I am also a primary school teacher. My brother went to a mainstream primary school although he wasn't officially diagnosed until he was 8. The school did all they could for him and were great unfortunately things were not the same at secondary school. Although he remained in mainstream he did not get the support he needed and did not make the progress he should have done.

Now that was a long time ago so thought I would also give you my experience as a teacher. I work in a school where inclusion is key, we specialise in the care of children with visual and physical disabilities but in reality have more children with ADHD and ASD. Every child is treated as an individual and we do everything we can for all of the children no matter what their needs are. Unfortunately we still find that once they leave us and go onto secondary school things do not always work out as well.

If you can find a school where inclusion is important and the teachers have experience with different needs there is no reason your child cannot succeed in mainstream education. You could always give it a go and see how your child gets on. I would just be aware for when your child moves onto secondary school that it is very different- work with the primary school to find what is best for the child.

Totally agree, we have huge issues with mainstream sometimes but we work together. I have friends with kids in the best SN schools and even they have problems, its just the nature and complexity of autism I suppose. We are looking at other options for secondary, my son will not cope with mainstream secondary without an additional support unit. xx

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Old Feb 3rd, 2013, 14:18 PM   12
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We're in that boat as well right now actually. We'll be starting Claire's IEP this month ( ) and I'm so nervous about it. The school actually has an Autism specific class but I'm not sure if that's right for her. It won't always be available, iykwim?

I think your best bet is to talk to whatever school your kiddo will be starting in. Ask them questions on how they are prepared to deal with the special needs and what they have in place for extraordinary students. Take tours of the classes on both aspects (if you have a SN class available to you) and question, question, question.

You are your kiddo's biggest advocate, don't be shy to know exactly what you guys are in store for! Its tough, I will let you know how ours goes. I was so afraid of how it would be I actually kept Claire out of school for one year to give her a bit more time to develop and mature. Currently she's 4 with the developed skills of a 2.5 year old.

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Old Feb 6th, 2013, 04:09 AM   13
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My brother has classic autism, he attended a special pre-school at aged 3 and then went to mainstream schools from 4 onwards. He received extra help from a special needs teacher within the schools. He is now 16 and about to sit his GCSE's in a mainstream high school. His teachers are all aware of his autism and he has access to extra help if he feels that he needs it. My mum never had a doubt that he wouldn't be able to cope with mainstream schooling if he had extra help available.

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Old Feb 22nd, 2013, 17:12 PM   14
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My son is 3 years old and has recently been diagnosed with Autism. He is a twin and when we took him and his sister to the open evening for mainstream school (after having already secured him a place in a speacialist autism unit), we were told that we had made the right decision as they did not have the facilities or knowledge to cope with him. My son is now in a specialist unit and he hasn't really been there long enough for us to see any real progress so far. But I am happy in the knowledge that he is around teaching staff who know how to cope with him and are not going to view his behaviour as naughty. He is completely non-verbal and is unable to feed himself and I didn't want him to stick out like a sore thumb in mainstream. He seems so happy where he is and the staff are fantastic so I feel like we have made the right choice x

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