Parents of ASD/ADHD children to provide their 1-1 support at school
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Many of us with children who are on the autistic spectrum are opting for home education. This is primarily due to the school not providing adequate support. Many of us are educated and have been in full-time employment before this. Our decisions are not taken lightly to opt for elective home education and many of us feel that the school cannot or will not support their needs - despite often having an Educational Health Care Plan in place. Statements take far too long and 1-1 care is not fully implemented by school funds via TAs. This leads to a failure of duty of care and education provision - and as a result our children suffer. I would welcome the opportunity for my son to return to full time education, but I do not (now) trust anyone else to offer the support he really needs nor could they anticipate situations like I can - and I know that I am not alone. The mention of the word 'school' often terrifies these children after awful experiences, but in the correct environment they could all thrive and become important and active members of society. There are currently no suitable non-fee schools in the middle for these children. My answer is then that perhaps parents can complete courses and support their own children in school to promote safety and social communication; combining plans and strategies with the teacher/head/SENCO. This could save schools / local authorities time and money if we accepted low range salaries. In return this would enable us to not only earn a salary, return to being tax payers, but to also ensure the correct support is in place for our children. As a result, this would help them achieve rather then just 'cope' or 'struggle' through the schooling system.
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