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Limited choices


Harry was diagnosed with autism (PDD-NOS) when he was four years old but was fortunate enough to be able to attend a mainstream primary school, which was more than able to adequately address what Sally believed were his needs at the time. However, when the time came to consider his secondary education, Sally had to reassess the situation, especially in light of the fact that their Local Education Authority offered only a limited choice of settings. “His primary school had served him very well but they accepted that Harry needed more than a mainstream school could provide at the next …

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Sink or swim?


When choosing a school for a child there are many things to take into account, but for a parents with a child on the autistic spectrum the decisions can be much more difficult. Whilst some children with the condition may flourish in a mainstream setting, others will struggle and some may fall between the two categories. This was the situation in which Rachelle found herself with her son, Raeshaun. “We decided to send Raeshaun to a mainstream primary school and for the first few years we had no major problems,” she says. “Although he had some speech delay and a …

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Desperate for an alternative


Mary says: “My son Jasper was diagnosed with autism at the age of four. Unfortunately, he was unable to manage mainstream school and by the time he was nine he was extremely distressed and his attendance very poor. The school did not understand Jasper’s needs while the work and the environment were becoming impossible for him to manage. He was continually physically refusing to go to school and trying to hurt himself to avoid having to go. “His self-esteem was on the floor and the school responded by taking me to court for his poor attendance, thereby blaming me and …

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