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 Post subject: Hi - New and Full of Questions......
Post Number:#1  PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:34 pm 
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Hello to Everyone

My son is 5 years old and has suspected AS. He started mainstream education in September and as predicted is not coping well even though he is already statemented and has 1-1 support. He simply hates being there most of the time and shouts at staff and children if he feels threatened. Finds it too noisy, confusing, frightening, etc. However there are some days where he seems to not mind it and comes back very active and semi-happy.

I'm exploring HE but I feel for us that going to school on a part-time basis might be beneficial as he has no siblings and seems to go down the pan mood wise in the holidays and becomes very lonely and depressed. He suffers terribly from anxiety and limits the places we go, ie. no where he has to socialise! :roll:

We live in Lancashire on the Fylde Coast and I was wondering if anyone had any experience of perhaps trying a small school on a part-time basis mixed with HE. I personally feel this would be the best option for my son. The mantle of sending him somewhere he does not want to be is becoming too hard to bear! Also wondering if there are any 'social meetings' of HE people on a regular basis.

Many thanks for your help. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Hi - New and Full of Questions......
Post Number:#2  PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:42 am 
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Welcome.

It is possible to flexi-school at KS1 but this has to be agreed with the school and the LA officials beforehand. It's worth having a chat with the head at your son's school about the idea first to determine whether he or she will be willing to accomodate it. Having a statement will probably help in this situation because if the head is unwilling to allow flexi-schooling then you have a direct access to LA SEN officials who you can take it up with. Remember that flexi-schooling is not permanent and it can be implemented on a one term at a time basis in case it doesn't work out well or is no longer required. I hope this advice is useful.

I shall have a search for any local HE groups in the Fylde coast area.


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 Post subject: Re: Hi - New and Full of Questions......
Post Number:#3  PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 7:09 am 
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Hi your situation sounds similar to ours.. My son is slightly younger but we are finding the same problems with school. Our son is 4.5 and has no diagnosis as yet because his symptoms are relatively mild. It's only since we tried to start him at primary that we have seen him struggle to cope socially. I have had to stay with him because the school can't give him 1:1 and hes been very clingy with me when I try to leave. Although he has kind of made some friends there he doesn't really interact much and seems to find it overwhelming. We have had some good days tho and it's a really big decision as to whether we should persevere or homeschool. It looks as tho the latter is the schools preferred choice however. It just feels like they don't reàlly want the hassle. Our son is bright, intelligent and articulate and very gentle and sensitive. The kids like him tho they know he's slightly different and as he's an only child I do wonder what is best. It feels like we have lost the support of the school so I think we are home ed headed but I feel I must find situations where he can mix with other kids too. How are things going for you now? Liz x


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