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If it's the Special Needs session at the local splash park and you're not a SN family, would you stay or go?

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Waitrosejunkie1 Wed 20-Jul-16 17:58:49

What would you do?

Depends on what you mean by special needs session and what it entails/ what the arrangements are.

Perhaps give some more info?

PandasRock Wed 20-Jul-16 18:05:25

I am a SN family, so not the answer you are looking for, necessarily, but here goes:

I would be more than happy for you to stay, on the understanding that the children with SN are not 'pushed out' iyswim. The time is one allocated for them to enjoy the facilities, and so they should be allowed a higher proportion of 'goes' imo, given that they may not be able to access the facilities at any other time (and so probably have less chance to overall)

I would be annoyed if NT children/families were dominating the toys/facilities, as generally speaking these SN sessions are such a tiny proportion of the time that parks/whatever are open that it wouldn't be fair if the people with SN were not allowed free reign during the short time allocated to them.

AndNowItsSeven Wed 20-Jul-16 18:05:39

Go , unless it's inclusive.

Waitrosejunkie1 Wed 20-Jul-16 18:05:44

Splash area of local park, signs up and local publicity saying that between 5-7 the splash area is for the use of Special Needs families.

steppemum Wed 20-Jul-16 18:06:07

Personally I would leave.
This is simply because my friend has a son with autism, and one of the reasons she takes him to special sessions like this is because it isn't crowded, and he finds crowds hard.
So I would be part of an unnecessary crowd if I stayed. So I would pack up, go to the swings and have and ice cream and come back later.
If my kids were old enough I would explain that to them, and because they know my friend's son well, they would understand.

SolomanDaisy Wed 20-Jul-16 18:06:34

That sign suggests you should go.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Wed 20-Jul-16 18:07:18

I think I would not stay, plenty of other chances presumably?

PandasRock Wed 20-Jul-16 18:07:24

In that case, OP, I wouldn't expect a family already there to be hurried out of the area, but inwouldnfind it a bit odd if a family turned up especially at the advertised time.

In that case, I think I'd leave, or at least go and find something else to do for a short while.

Laiste Wed 20-Jul-16 18:08:55

I would leave.

I would assume the idea was for SN children and their families to have a bit of space and understanding.

MollyTwo Wed 20-Jul-16 18:09:12

I would leave at that time even if kids were already playing. They have the rest of the day to make use of it so two hours to me sounds fine to have allocated to others.

PlaymobilPirate Wed 20-Jul-16 18:09:53

Yes, I'd leave - not appropriate to stay really

ApocalypseNowt Wed 20-Jul-16 18:09:54

I'd leave so as not to get in the way.

ApostrophesMatter Wed 20-Jul-16 18:10:51

I would leave, it's obviously a one-off.

BusStopBetty Wed 20-Jul-16 18:10:53

Is that every day, one session a week?

Need more info.

PinkissimoAndPearls Wed 20-Jul-16 18:11:05

Is there a particular reason why this is such a generally vague question, OP, or is there a specific situation you wish to talk about?

ErrolTheDragon Wed 20-Jul-16 18:11:53

Sounds perfectly clear to me, that period of time the facility is for the use of families with special needs.

Cubtrouble Wed 20-Jul-16 18:12:16

I would leave after five if a lot of other people turned up. Is this a free thing? Or do you pay to use it?

Waitrosejunkie1 Wed 20-Jul-16 18:12:37

It's a once a month session. And was too busy for us to use today.

DoNotBlameMeIVotedRemain Wed 20-Jul-16 18:13:15

Was it busy? If I happened to be at the park at that time and it wasn't too busy I might stay but ensuring my kids were not spoiling the fun for the kids with SN.

hazeyjane Wed 20-Jul-16 18:13:16

I would go.

ITCouldBeWorse Wed 20-Jul-16 18:14:35

Yes. Leave as I daresay families with Sen will visit in greater numbers today too.

DoNotBlameMeIVotedRemain Wed 20-Jul-16 18:14:46

Sorry x-posted. If it was busy I'd definitely go.

BusStopBetty Wed 20-Jul-16 18:14:51

Once a month? Definitely leave. Unless no families turned up at all, then I suppose you could use it until they did.

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