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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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Every child an individual

“When you have met one child with autism, you have met one child with autism”; as the mother of a son with Asperger’s Syndrome, Marie knows only too well that every child on the autistic spectrum is completely different to another and that the only approach is to treat them as the individuals they are. At Baston House School she has found the setting she can trust to recognise Tristan’s own special traits and needs and to address them appropriately. Tristan was diagnosed when he was six but it was only two years ago that Marie finally succeeded in her …

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