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DellaF83 Sat 21-Sep-13 02:46:47

Hi, I'm an experienced primary school teacher and happy to answer any questions anyone may have.

insanityscratching Sun 22-Sep-13 23:39:10

Dd's TA is hugely sensitive to dd, she can read her body language because I taught her, she knows where dd will struggle and is at hand equally she fades away so that dd can be independent when she chooses, she can prepare dd for all sorts of challenges, she can ease her path with teachers and peers. I'm not talking about sitting there showing her pictures of happy and sad faces I'm talking about someone who reacts and adapts to how dd is at any moment in time.

daftdame Sun 22-Sep-13 23:40:56

Oh the happy and sad faces. What a joke. We have had this. Are they supposed to be magic or what?

MortifiedAdams Sun 22-Sep-13 23:43:57

Where is the OP?

insanityscratching Sun 22-Sep-13 23:46:00

I wouldn't say I trust them blindly because if I did I'd leave them to get on with it and I don't do that I keep a firm grip on the wheel. Dd's school is open with me and respects my opinions and I feel we are a team who want the best for her and work together to achieve that.

daftdame Sun 22-Sep-13 23:46:20

Bed I expect. It is where I'm off to now. Goodnight all!

insanityscratching Sun 22-Sep-13 23:50:25

No it's what schools think they should do rather than providing what a child actually needs. When I tell you that shock! horror! dd with ASD doesn't have a visual timetable because she doesn't need one even though Autism Outreach recommended she had one anyway hmm School and I nodded and smiled and carried on doing what works for dd instead grin

StarlightMcKenzie Sun 22-Sep-13 23:59:02

Oh gawd, visual timetables.

Autism Advisory insisted that ds used one of those 'to help him become independent of adult support', because obviously it is definitely cheaper preferable to be dependent on little pictures than have to get regular practising interacting with another person when you have ASD. Not.

What do they think he's going to do when he's an adult and unable to ask what is happening next?

Thymeandthymeagain Mon 23-Sep-13 00:34:23

Just want to thank you starlightmackenzie for your excellent posts that my exhausted brain would be unable to compile yet is able to agree with every word! And you've taught me new things too. Thanks for doggedly, painstakingly explaining the cause.

insanityscratching Mon 23-Sep-13 06:32:49

Starlight Autism Outreach are obsessed with visual supports round our way, left to them dd would never need to communicate with a living person she could do it all with laminated velcro backed symbols grin
God knows why I and school did our utmost to ensure that she could use her own voice to be heard when if left to them she wouldn't need to ever. Unless of course they are in cahoots with the equally dire and largely absent SALT grin.
Have you been treated to the feelings wheel? That is a joy to behold, still figuring out why they think it's preferable to use that instead of dd alerting her TA or teacher that she is struggling confused
Mind you it's hard to be enthusiastic about a service that couldn't pick out dd in a class of 25 even though I think it's glaringly obvious and needed the teacher to point her back to the right child when she lost track of her after playtime wink

mrz Mon 23-Sep-13 07:21:23

you have reminded me I have to make one for a child in my class (great advice hmm wonder why I didn't think that might be the solution to his difficulties)

OutedUnderOldName Mon 23-Sep-13 07:22:11

Isn't this example of visual timetables an example of school and parents knowing better than the "experts"? As mentioned previously in the thread, but criticised as teachers daring to think they knew better!

PS - VT doesn't work for us either.

daftdame Mon 23-Sep-13 07:39:55

We had one(VT), even though not ASD and could read the main Timetable on the wall at 4yrs anyway.

I'm not sure all the teachers do know better, although there are some lovely ones who have no preconceptions. There is a lot of room to be subjective in continuous assessment, since the criteria is not finite.

As I have said SALT..not much. Ability in that area was there when tested and is there. I think shock the teachers did not allow enough 'settling in' in Reception. Plus expectations were far too high. 2 weeks and then wrote off for Statement and got it.

rabbitstew Mon 23-Sep-13 07:53:26

Ha, ha. They tried visual cues and happy and sad faces on my ds1 - who has issues with NON-verbal information and is best communicated with through words! Still, he quite liked his feelings wheel. Didn't go for the idea of showing the teacher a picture of a toilet if he needed the loo, though. grin

StarlightMcKenzie Mon 23-Sep-13 08:10:14

LA Advisory Service personnel I expect are promoted or engineered out of the classroom and schools before they cause further harm and are not what I would call an 'expert'.

Neither are the ones who from a FOI request turn out to have no teaching qualifications at all, and probably no parenting experience either. Certainly a request for their qualifications and training shows quite a scary picture indeed in the two LAs that I have resided.

insanityscratching Mon 23-Sep-13 10:45:30

Star I recognised our AO person from a description by another parent on here of her complete lack of understanding, her insistence of foisting visual timetables on her child and her patronising patter that was seemingly repeated word for word to both of us.
She wanted to know how to get rid of her? I suggested moving schools and forgetting to inform her that your child had moved. Seems to be working here anyway wink
I suspect our LA don't want experts going into schools anyway just in case good, workable and effective support was suggested rather than the over use of the laminator.
Our AO service was reviewed a few years ago to justify limiting the service to children only with an Autism/ASD diagnosis and not to children with AS or those on the pathway to diagnosis. It wasn't reviewed by an independent body but by one of their own Ed Psychs who decided it was an excellent service funnily enough hmm

StarlightMcKenzie Wed 25-Sep-13 18:01:16

You're welcome Thyme. People need also to understand that schools are very wrong if they claim they can't afford to meet the needs of their most vulnerable children.

What they can't afford in that instance, is an interactive white board for every classroom, their Friday Yoga teacher, their expensive SLT members.

These things are not statutory requirements, but educating children with disabilities is.

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