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Schooling! Advice needed
  • sdeejay
    Posts: 10
    Hi all

    I am new to this site and need some advice with regards to schools please.

    My son is 8 in October and we are half way through the statementing process and have just been told that our LEA will statement. He is in an independent special needs school at present but the anticipation is that he has 2 years tops there before he will need to move on as he needs an intellectually stimulating peer group.

    I was wondering if people could enlighten me as to the types of schools that work best. He has a diagnosis of Aspergers but recently found out that he is a closer fit to the PDA model and exceptional bright but extremely controlling and manipulative.

    In your experiences do children do well in mainstream with the right support or are they better off at a specialist residential placement? Can anyone recommend a school in the south east corner?

  • mango69
    Posts: 967
    It really all depends on what he seems to cope with. The Elizabeth Newson Centre say that for the more able children with PDA, the mainstream setting with the right support is best but if your child has been in special school up until now he may not be able to cope with mainstream. There is also the in between option of an integrated resource (set within a mainstream school) but these are not available everywhere. My advice would be to see what hours the statement provides and then look at some schools and get a advice from anyone local you know from autism groups etc to see if you can gauge which schools cope better with the type of difficulties your son has. Its a tough one to change but at the end of the day its what you think he and the teachers will be able to handle. In my limited experience, your average mainstream finds children with PDA extremely difficult even with a big statement but it depends on the child. Some children with PDA are relatively passive at school - what is your son like?
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