One of the benefits of catching up face-to-face with other parents of autistic children is the chance to mull over things instantly. There’s no “tweet-and-wait-for-a-reply”, it’s spontaneous.
There was a mixture of ages and abilities amongst the children at Taplow yesterday but they all accepted each other, really enjoying the soft play areas, the wooden structures etc.
If a child needed a few moments, they were able to quietly, no bolting. Such is the accepting atmosphere there.
Most of the children were from D’s school, the majority from her class. There is a high proportion of children who travel by school bus from all over the borough, so support groups/parties are a chance to catch up.
One child – I found out yesterday – will be leaving D’s school, at the school’s insistence. He’s being sent to mainstream.
School’s argument is that they’ve gone as far as they can with him, his intelligence level is higher than the work they can provide.
His mum is very upset by it all and is consulting with the LEA and Parent Partnership, but resigned to the fact it’s happening. School have arranged visits to the proposed school, but they are only informing the child at very short notice and arranging them at times when he would have been doing activities he enjoyed – for example, he had been selected to go on the same golf tournament as D this week but he now won’t be.
His mum is very concerned about the social and emotional side. There doesn’t seem to have been anything mentioned about an area/unit within the school that he’ll be able to go to if anxieties overtake.
I felt powerless yesterday, apart from suggesting she document everything and consult with IPSEA.
Does anyone have any experience of their child returning to mainstream from
I guess any experiences – positive or otherwise – would help.
At the end of the day, it seems to be about getting him off roll as there’s the space needed, without considering what’s best for him.