As a blogger, and social network addict, I hear many horror stories about autism and education. Like so many other areas of journalism, you rarely hear about the good.
Today, I'm going to tell you about the good.
I had a phone call today, from my sons SENCO. For those that don't have children with additional needs that stands for Special Educational Needs Coordinator.
It strikes fear in my heart every time I hear 'is that A........'s mum?', even though the school phones regularly. To be fair, the first words are always 'don't worry, there's no problem' lol.
Today she was phoning regarding little As next year at school. It was all good news! The school tends to give him an enhanced cross over, into his new class. He won't be having one this year...........because he's staying in the same class! Instead of the children moving up a class, the teacher is, and his 1-2-1 AND the teaching assistant! (Who A has taken a real shine too)
I couldn't stop smiling!
We then spoke about the following year. It seems a long way off, but in special needs education, it's no time at all.
I have been really worried about A moving to mainstream primary, I just don't think he's ready. Although he is very smart, focusing, sitting still and getting things down on paper, are not skills he possesses.
Guess what? His SENCO agrees! Which means
we can get the ball rolling nice and early for the next step in his education. This means looking for a school, with a good specialist unit, so I shall start researching.
Knowing that I have his schools support is fantastic. My communication with this school has been good, from the very beginning. For that I am eternally grateful.
I just hope it continues in the next school, wherever that is.