Lincolnshire Council sets out more general information under the heading: Early years education
With mainstream schools, smaller ones may provide a more calm and adaptable environment for pupils with additional needs.
The National Autistic Society has several pages about Education. Click icon to browse. In particular one of these pages sets out how to get extra help in mainstream school / college.
For children with an Education Health & Care plan a more specialised environment may be offered by schools for additional needs. Here is a guide to choosing a special school. Click icon for more about SEN.
Parents in the Grantham area might find a place for their child at:
- Ambergate Sports College & Sandon School – GANF caters for pupils aged 3 – 19 with moderate to severe learning difficulties and complex needs. Many are on the autistic spectrum. Grantham
- Greenfields Academy is a Specialist School for SEMH pupils (Social, Emotional, Mental Health) aged 4 to 16 years. Grantham (previously Phoenix Academy)
- Gosberton House Academy is a specialist primary school mainly for children with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Near Spalding
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
Making it work
Getting what your child needs may put parents up against difficulties and obstacles. Professionals may try to fob you off to begin with suggesting that things might sort themselves out – perhaps partly because they do not see your child at home. See: GAIN tips.
Ambitious about Autism has a lot of online discussion about educational issues. See website: www.ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk
Twitter has a link to the website at the top of its display. Look for the magnifying glass icon on their site to search.
Cereba, the UK based charity, has produced a booklet about School Transport. It lays out the basis for the local authority to decide whether a child cannot reasonably walk to school. See also Cereba website.
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 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.