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Steiner school or Sudbury school a possible solution for educating my PDA daughter?
  • ValS
    Posts: 1
    Hi, I am new to this page. My daughter has recently being diagnosed. She is aged 6. I am wondering if any one has a child with PDA in a Steiner or Sudbrry school or any other alternative schoolimg and if so how it is working out. It seems to me that the leek of self directed learning the Sudbrry school has would suit my daughter as she hates being told what to do.
    She is in mainstream at the moment and copes well while there (apart from recess time
    ) but falls apart or explodes once I collect her. Thank you for any advice.
    Valerie
  • PDA_ASD_Parent
    Posts: 4,188
    I know of someone that had a PDA daughter in one of those types of school, pretty sure it was Steiner but could have been Montessori. It was a disaster and caused her to school-refuse, she is still suffering from the fallout of it a long while later making her unable to integrate into classes in the small independent she is currently in. Having said that, every PDAer is different as is every school, so don't allow that to put you off. Visiting the school, having in-depth discussion with HT and staff about your daughter's needs and their willingness and ability to provide what she needs is key.

    So will they follow these: http://www.aettraininghubs.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/5.2-strategies-for-teaching-pupils-with-PDA.pdf

    And also anything unique to her that is written into her EHCP assuming she has one.
  • Holly59
    Posts: 2,586

    ValS said:

    Hi, I am new to this page. My daughter has recently being diagnosed. She is aged 6. I am wondering if any one has a child with PDA in a Steiner or Sudbrry school or any other alternative schoolimg and if so how it is working out. It seems to me that the leek of self directed learning the Sudbrry school has would suit my daughter as she hates being told what to do.
    She is in mainstream at the moment and copes well while there (apart from recess time
    ) but falls apart or explodes once I collect her. Thank you for any advice.
    Valerie



    Hi,
    Paula Webb should be able to give you lots of advice . She looked at something like 26 schools for her son and has years of experience . She should b e in touch soon .

    I know of someone in Scotland at the Steiner School in Edinburgh and has nothing but praise . Each school has it positive points and I often think a direct visit to the school meeting the staff gives you that gut feeling you often need .

    Good Luck with your search and Welcome to the Forum !

    Pat xx
  • RhanHRhanH
    Posts: 1,107
    Hi and welcome to the forum. I agree the most important thing is for you to visit schools, ask loads of questions and get a feel of how they work and if you feel your daughter would respond to them.

    I was convinced we wouldn’t have a school locally for our daughter at secondary, but being brave and revisiting one I’ve found they’re completely changing their approach which now makes it a possibility and worth exploring more - always try to keep an open mind.
  • webbwebb
    Posts: 2,557
    Hi ValS

    Welcome to the Forum, I hope all the parents on here can give you the support you need.

    If you are looking for alternative Schooling/Education for your child is it best to visit everything on offer that you feel may be able to meet your childs needs.
    You would need to talk with the staff, especially the Head of the school, to make sure the peers, curriculum, ethos, behaviour policy etc etc is right for your child.

    There are some Steiner and Sudbury Schools that can work for children with ASD or PDA but there are many that won't be suitable as they will not make any 'reasonable adjustments' or give any support to children with Special Needs.

    I would suggest that you looking into all options ie Mainstream, Special Schools, Independent Specialist Schools, Home Education, Alternative Providers etc OR even trying to work with her current school to help them understand and put into place the strategies necessary to help her be less anxious at school and therefore less anxious when she arrives home.

    Not all mainstream schools are the same, some have very good SENCO's who will listen and put adjustments in place for children with SEN.

    I hope you can get the support in education that you and your child are looking for.

    Paula

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