SAT’s week is stressful for any child let alone a child with SEN and or additional needs. For my children with Autism, this last week has been one of the most stressful weeks. To prepare for this week my children have been doing practise tests. I have to admit sometimes it has not always gone to plan and there have been a few meltdowns along the way.

It’s the fear of the unknown, the whole timetable changing for that week. My children don’t cope with changes at the best of times. Persoanlly I am not bothered if they fail the SAT’s test it is not the end of the world. As long as they have done the best to their ability that is all I can ask for. I hate the stress children are put under.

The stress has a massive knock on effect at home. We have had to endure meltdowns, shouting, screaming even more than usual. Struggling to get them to go to sleep, having them wake up at ridiculous o’clock in the morning. My poor hubby is shattered. None of the calming techniques has worked.

Surely, there has to be a better, less stressful way to test the children.