Next month we have an important meeting to discuss Zak’s schooling needs and whether he will need to attend a special school or mainstream. He will start school September 2014.
Ideally I would like Zak to attend a special school as I think that such a school would be able to meet all his needs. I’m not saying this as I think it is the easiest option but more that it is the most logical. I have 2 other children with special educational needs, one is at mainstream and one at a special school. I can show you both sides of the story of special school verses mainstream school.
- There is a lot of 1:1 support
- There is no pressure put on the children to complete work
- It’s a more relaxed way of teaching , still ending up with the same results
- Smaller classes
- Strategies in place to counter act meltdowns
- Staying with a class of people you already know
- Very structured timetable , that allows quiet and sensory room time.
- STIGMA of going to a special school
- Chance to integrate with more children.
- larger classes can mean a child can become lost in the class
- Lack of 1:1 support
- Lessons can be overwhelming
- Other children not so understanding of a child’s quirks
- The child with SEN can become unruly if correct strategies are not put in place
- Sometimes lack of understanding towards conditions such as autism , child can be classed as naughty when they are not.
Zak has autism and severe global delay development as well as Gene 16p 11.2 microduplication which all play a part in how he learns, acts etc. I think all this is a big factor in how he will do at school. I personally don’t think he would cope in mainstream school or the other children understand his quirks. He needs lots of support and re- assurance and I think even with 1:1 support in a mainstream school he wouldn’t cope.