Statement of SEN review

Today was the review of Stephen’s statement of SEN, we did not really know what to expect. But after it was over i was a bit underwhelmed with what was discussed, Basically nothing is going to change apart from the fact his statement will be based on his autism instead of the speech delay, the school and specialist’s want the objectives e.t.c to stay the same as they are now.  We had support from Autism Anglia through the meeting which was a great help and I would recommend to anyone to take someone to every meeting with a school for support and advice.

We shocked everyone at the meeting when we requested a change of school to Market Fields, our local special school which has specialized in autism. From our visit the provision looks soo much better than what he is receiving at the moment. If we can’t get a place in Market Fields for september we will be d-registering and homeschooling Stephen. I am of the opinion that Frinton primary school will not be able to cater for stephens needs no matter what the statement says they are supposed to do for him. I know my family don’t support the idea of homeschooling, but anything is better than what he is getting. He hates school.

 

There was a good bit this week in the local paper…….ME check it out  http://www.clactonandfrintongazette.co.uk/news/clacton_frinton_news/10465577.Dad_s_run_for_five_year_old_Stephen/?ref=mmsp

The story so far

Before I start posting regularly I thought I’d fill everyone in on the story so far.

Stephen has been under the care of ‘community pediatrics’  and speech therapists since before he started Pre-school but is so far undiagnosed(suspected autism)

As he is non-verbal the pre-school taught him makaton so that he could communicate with them, us and others.

in September 2012 he started at a mainstream Primary school and the issues began….

  • No makaton training was provided to staff so they could communicate with him
  • there has been and still is no/ very little communication between the school and us
  • stephens is starting to act out(he has hit one LSA, and today thrown his chewie bangle at her)
  • He hates swimming but there is little support for him

these are the worse bits there is a lot more but to much to type….

I have a formal complaint in with the board of governors, and have been getting advice from Autism Anglia, regarding how to proceed. And we have been looking at other schools, for 2 reasons

  1. to see what SEN services they offer
  2. with a view to pull stephen out

I am going to use this to tell people about our issues and how we deal with them so anyone in a similar place can see how we are working through it and hopefully help them.