Wednesday, June 18, 2014

On My Side

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.


  1. That is great news....It all sounds so positive!! Good luck x

  2. This is all great positive news!

  3. That's great news! I can only imagine the stability must be a great thing for A.

    I'm stopping by from to say hello and thanks for joining. Hopefully we'll see you on there again soon!

    Corinne x

    1. You definitely will, I have it bookmarked on my phone x

  4. That is such good news! I am glad to see we are not the only ones who has already started with the "next year" discussions (we've had 3 by now...). A good relationship with the school and the SENCO is so important. Good luck! xx

  5. Brilliant news hope you find a really great school for your fab boy xx

  6. How fantastic. How Inclusion should be - it's great when it works :) Thanks for linking up! #PoCoLo

  7. I have read some bad thing about the system and you writing this is a nice way to appreciate the good things that is happening. It nice to hear that they are doing things the right way. Happy that you are happy =) #PoCoLo

  8. please excuse my grammar so many mistakes.. im using the 'i just woke up' as an excuse =P

  9. I'm glad you have such a great relationship with your SENCO and school and things are going so well for you. My daughter is moving up to the comp in September and although our SENCO is lovely and things have been done to really help LM (she has some physical issues not autism) there have been promises that have not been kept which we feel let down by. From what I know the SENCO in her next school is supposed to be really good. We have a meeting on July 2nd about the move. #PoCoLo


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