School transport & issues

Schooling problems

High-functioning children can be very resourceful, but it may take some time for them to get on top of things.

Learning to read:   In this case things suddenly clicked for Luke at the age of 7.

Secondary school:   One of our committee members says,  I found my first year at Kings’ School a bit intimidating.    There were quite a few in my class who were clearly much more clever than me.       I was much more comfortable in the second year, having been put in a class based on my grades at the end of the first year.

Cannot face school:  Read about some experiences in this online discussion.    They show different approaches on the part of the parents.     Kathryn, mother of a teenage girl, waited it out for over a year and eventually she found her way through.     She went on to university later on.

A teenage boy was signed off school after a mental breakdown.     Bid, his mother, set him a daily timetable for the basics of life, including some computer time.     After 3 months he was able to manage some home tuition.Ϯ     updated

Cannot face schoolWhat can I do if my child won’t go to school?     Click icon for our page on the subject.     There are some tips for finding out why.

School Transport

Cereba, the UK based charity for children with brain conditions, has produced booklet about School Transport.      It lays out the basis for the local authority to decide whether a child cannot reasonably walk to school.

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  • See also article about how Cereba’s legal rights service helped get school transport.    They have more articles on the subject.
  • Cereba responded to a Department for education consultation document on school transport in 2019.      See also Education news about Lincolnshire SEND investment.

 Lunch and break time

Unstructured time at school can be particularly tricky.      The National Autistic Society has created a guide for parents and carers to understanding and coping with difficulties at lunch and break times.       Click icon to view.

 Autism discussion

Bill Nason developed the Autism Discussion Page to discuss tools that help children on the spectrum feel safe, accepted and competent.       Click Facebook icon to browse.       He has written an article for Autism Parenting magazine with the title, Can my child ever learn to live on his own?       Click page icon to view.  

He has also written a few books, notably The Autism Discussion Page on the core challenges of autism: A toolbox for helping children with autism feel safe, accepted, and competent.      See Amazon       Good Reads

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