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High Functioning Autism - Primary

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mumtomytwoboys Fri 03-Feb-17 21:47:23

Can I ask for your recommendations for a primary in Cheshire for a child with High Functioning Autism please? I'm willing to travel so anywhere is good! If you have first hand experience would appreciate any views. Thanks x

Want2bSupermum Sat 04-Feb-17 13:19:55

Following. We are trying to move back and the LEA won't accept a diagnosis from our doctor here in the US. They want him to go to a regular school, fail there and then go to a specialist school. He is in a class for 4 kids. To put him in a regular class would be cruel.

CheshireEditor Sat 04-Feb-17 15:56:24

Have you been in touch with the ?

Or the Cheshire East Education dept? Just trying to ascertain how far down the line you have got. Here is an old thread with some ideas worth looking into -

Another link -

It also may be worth a post on the main SEN board on Mumsnet for more general advice about finding suitable schools in your area.

I will tweet the post also to see if we get any further help.

mumtomytwoboys Sat 04-Feb-17 18:00:53

Fantastic, many thanks for your help and all the advice, REALLY appreciate your time taken. I'll have a good read through the links tonight x

mumtomytwoboys Sat 04-Feb-17 18:18:35

Our school can't get that much help for him as he won't get behind academically in the early years. He needs social support.

Want2bSupermum Sat 04-Feb-17 19:01:12

That is exactly the issue we face. DS does brilliantly in the right setting. We have him on a great path right now, he is almost reading and can write quite well. He is academically well beyond his age group. This is an issue because unless he is failing they have been very clear that they won't do anything.

Putting him into a class with 15 or more kids would be far too much for him to handle. He is doing great in a class of 4. Also, his class is very calm, not much up on the walls and its just all toned down. The regular classrooms are so much louder and stimulating. I really feel for you mumtomytwoboys. It might be worth looking at the local private schools to see if they have any experience of managing children like this. The smaller class sizes and lower ratios in general might work out for your son. The school might be able to work with you on the fees if this isn't affordable for your family.

Flouncy Sat 04-Feb-17 19:20:13

DS1 went to a designated Autism provision within Woolston Community Primary in Warrington. Its KS2 focused. 8 pupils 1 full time specialist teacher two highly trained support staff and other well trained staff who are pulled in as necessary.

He had daily physio and regular speech therapy (communication rather than ability to speak). He learnt all about his Autism and how it can make him react. To take responsibility for his anxiety if it builds and withdraw himself from situations if necessary (so, so valuable).

DS joined in yr 5 when we moved to the area and went from being well below age average academically to being near where he should be which ment he's gone on to be in decent sets in secondary. He sat his SAT's having previously pretty much refused to mark make at school and even got a level 5. Again he's in a provision at secondary but managing core subjects mainstream and just about holding his own.

The whole Woolston community school was rebuilt several years ago and the DP rooms were very carefully designed with a low noise main classroom, a soft room and quiet work spaces off it.

Its very highly regarded by those who've been fortunate enough to have their children go to it. Council allocate the places and EHCP essential.

DD is yr1 and in mainstream. Shes under a consultant but no diagnosis. She has had annual blocks of speech and language, the class TA has been trained in TALK about for group work on social skills and both the TA and I went on several story board/ comic strip training sessions. We also have support from an Autism nurse. Do you have a consultant who would reffer on to some support and development services?

Our local NAS in Warrington are a lovely friendly group with day and evening groups. It may be worth trying an NAS group for some direct local knowledge.

Voicesinmyear Mon 06-Feb-17 17:10:44

There is a specialist Austism Primary in Church Lawton. Don't know what it's like but it has good access to the M6, A34 and A50.

CheshireEditor Tue 07-Feb-17 09:50:24

Oh and just remembered this - they are independent and offer advice and help

Thanks for all the great advice, love Cheshire's Mumsnetters!

WillingtonWanderer Tue 07-Feb-17 18:29:39

My DD sounds similar, she is fine accedemically but needs help socially. She is doing well in a mainstream school. She doesn't actually have a diagnosis but I applied for. eHCP before she started school and this gave her a one to one support worker. She also has a quiet area she can go to if she is overwhelmed by the noise of class.
I don't know what provision Cheshire has for specialist schools but I think it is more normal to provide extra support to help children cope in mainstream schools.

Voicesinmyear Fri 10-Feb-17 13:53:35

Just realised that I hadn't put a link to the Church Lawton School. It's here smile

Want2bSupermum Fri 10-Feb-17 15:04:44

Thank you so much for the links. CheshireEditor that is a great group and they are helping me with private options. There is no way in a million years that DS would cope in a class of more than 10 kids. Throwing a 1-1 aide his way doesn't help either. 15-20 kids running around is just too much for him.

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