View Poll Results: What do you do / intend to do?
Do / would prefer to send my child to mainstream school 2 16.67%
Do / would prefer to send my child to special school 6 50.00%
Entirely depends on the reputation of nearest appropriate school 2 16.67%
I haven't got a clue what is best 2 16.67%
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Old May 29th, 2011, 04:34 AM   1
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Special School or Mainstream for autism?


I really don't know what's best



 
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Old May 29th, 2011, 06:42 AM   2
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I think it all depends on how severe her Autism is and what support she would have at mainstream school.



 
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Old May 29th, 2011, 08:36 AM   3
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From what I have gathered it also depends on the age/ level and needs at the time. Some prefer to send children for "special" school for specific years or to support specific needs i.e. speech development, but later feel it is appropriate to integrate into a mainstream school....



 
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Old May 29th, 2011, 09:14 AM   4
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It's just I've read about people "fighting" to get their child into mainstream, as well as fighting to get their child into a special school, and I worry because I figure the professionals will know which one will best suit her needs, and because I will simply trust their judgement, will I allow her to be led down one route or the other without knowing whether it is in fact the right thing?



 
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Old May 29th, 2011, 09:47 AM   5
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It all depends on the schools themselves, some mainstream schools have appaling support for children with extra needs so in that case id send her to the special needs school but then other mainstream schools have fantastic support and sometimes have units inside the mainstream schools so you get the best of both world.


I dont have a child with autism but im a support worker for adults with autism and personaly id be inclined to go with the special school or a mainstream school with a special unit than a normal mainstream school. They generaly have smaller class sizes, more oppertunitys to access things like sensory rooms and other theraputic activitys. The staff will be a lot better trained in how to meet your childs needs. A friend of mine has not long qualified as a primary teacher and she said they had one an hour a week for one term dedicated to working with children with learning dificulties and extra needs and that one hour was for every disability. They will be more accepting of any obsesions or traits that she might have and as she gets older shes a lot less likely to get bullied.



 
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Old May 29th, 2011, 11:35 AM   6
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I send my child with autism to a mainstream school. I think you need to try it as once he goes SN I cant really send him back mainstream

I think it suits HIM but each child is different x



 
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Old May 29th, 2011, 11:36 AM   7
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Does she have a statement as you need that for Special Needs schools x



 
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Old May 29th, 2011, 11:51 AM   8
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I havent voted cos my option isnt there. My sone has been accepted in a special needs class in a mainstream school. He will get specialist autism support and will play with the other children too
but it really does depend on the level of autism



 
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Old May 29th, 2011, 13:23 PM   9
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Thank you for your input, I'm probably thinking far too far ahead, but Lauren got her diagnosis this week after her observations at the paediatric dept at the hospital, and the phrases they used in the feedback meeting are still raw I suppose. They were very good, they didn't scaremonger, but once they confirmed the autism I asked "how bad". They kind of looked at each other then said they didn't describe it in those terms, but that right here and now, she is "severely held back by her autism". Which I knew really, but still stings to hear someone else say it. She'll have two sessions a week with them at the hospital doing intensive play starting after the half term. They weren't entirely convincing about the fact she'd respond to it, she's a tough cookie to crack I know that. But the whole thing's got me thinking about the kind of schooling that's going to be appropriate for her, we've got our house on the market at the moment (too small for our needs) and I don't know if it's going to be important for us to be within the catchment of a special school or not (her needs are the only thing that has any bearing on where we move to, DH travels all over country for work anyway, and I'm a SAHM).

I'm just a bit frantic after that meeting that's all. Sorry all, it was probably a silly poll to set up, I just thought if I knew what other people do/would do, it'd help xxx



 
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Old May 29th, 2011, 15:39 PM   10
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Hugs chick xx I would see how they get on at preschool and things first. I think Portage can help with funding for 1-1 teachers and support in early years xx



 
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