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leiela Thu 26-May-11 16:24:01

(Also posted on Primary School) but i figured you guys might be able to help as you know how challenging our "special little angel's are"

I have just won a place at my chosen secondary school and this was partly due to the wonderful help and support of a member of staff at my son's current school.

My son has ASD and this teacher has pretty much been a rock for me and my family over the years without him my son would never have gotten though primary son the well adjusted boy he is or been diagnosed with ASD. He single handedly deal's with my son's melt down's time and again, without statment or even being asked, he gives him 1:1 and is generally "just there" to help out where he can, helping him socialise and inforcing acceptance from the other children.

I can't begin to discribe the amount of effort and work this wonderful man has done for my child.....

I want to get him a gift to show him just how thankful we all are for everything he has done for us over the years.

Any idea's?? I don't want the same old stuff that 300 other parents will get for him... i know teachers get swamped with no 1 teacher mugs and the like.

He's very good with the children in the whole school everyone loves him and he's always giving the kids challenges and prizes my kids totally adore him. Like atm he gives them a word each day and the first child to find the definition get's a polo mint... silly i know but the kids love it and my kids are always racing home to google the answer to whatever the challenge of the day was. So i was thinking perhaps something that could be used to help or continue his daily challenges long after my son go's up to the big school???

Any idea's?? or Teachers what would you like??

P.S I don't mind spending a fair bit of cash... honestly this man has been a blessing in the life of my son.

pedalpants Thu 26-May-11 16:27:28

i think if you write this down in a card...

"this teacher has pretty much been a rock for me and my family over the years without him my son would never have gotten though primary son the well adjusted boy he is or been diagnosed with ASD. He single handedly deal's with my son's melt down's time and again, without statment or even being asked, he gives him 1:1 and is generally "just there" to help out where he can, helping him socialise and inforcing acceptance from the other children.

I can't begin to discribe the amount of effort and work this wonderful man has done for my child..... "

it will mean the world to him.

flyingmum Thu 26-May-11 16:38:45

A mum gave me a £20 M&S voucher which is the most generous and lovely present I have ever had. It's hard. I resorted to wine for my son's teacher and I gave his TA who was responsible for him surviving primary and an amazing woman a rose which had the same name as my son. It is in her garden now and flowers so she remembers him. I have a couple of mugs that have been given to me by kids and I always remember those students when I use them. It depends really but it is lovely to receive something - a card is nice. I know vouchers are a bit dodgy because you have to show how much you have spent but it is probablly safest. I would stear clear of anything smelly or chocolatey.

StarlightMcKenzie Thu 26-May-11 19:36:07

I'm getting my ds' teacher the ABA Sense and Nonsense book. She'll not like it at the time but actually she fails to realise that she is the excellent early years teacher that she is because of all her behavioural strategies.

I think it could be a gift that she will appreciate once she's figured it out.

EllenJaneisnotmyname Thu 26-May-11 19:38:47

My DS is about to leave Primary school after 6 years with the same 1:1 TA. I'm going to give her a generous amount of M & S vouchers, as she's had wine for the last 5 years! When my DS left his wonderful special early years school I gave his teacher, the head and deputy head and his SALT bottles of Pimms. (Then found the head was tee total blush ) It didn't seem enough TBH, compared to the hugely positive effect they'd had on his life, but what else can you do? The rose idea sounds nice, and a lot less temporary than booze.

asdx2 Thu 26-May-11 19:41:46

Ds leaves his ASD unit tomorrow alongside the flowers wine and chocs I send to the head and each TA I will be giving a donation to the unit for them to spend as they choose.Maybe they'll buy a piece of equipment that will help them remember ds who knows?

bochead Thu 26-May-11 20:09:37

A window box of herbs sewn, and watered by the kids themselves? Cheap but involves a bit of effort on the children's part. Especially nice if you choose a ceramic container and get the kids to decorate it with ceramic paint. Makes a change from flowers and chocs and is "safe" for non-drinkers and hayfever sufferers.

StarlightMcKenzie Thu 26-May-11 22:32:18

That's lovely Bochead.

I was going to get the Early Years teacher that fab clock on Silverfrogs App thread. It's not so much for her but for her 'work' as my parents were both primary school teachers and spent most of their life collecting things for their profession, rather than themselves.

But I reckon the book would be better.

silverfrog Fri 27-May-11 08:52:18

for personal gifts I often take dd1 to a pottery painting place - you could do the standard mug, or a photo frame - a plant pot, a nice wide dish to act as a fruit bowl, sometimes they do clocks etc - the possibilities are endless.

if dd1 is in a cooperative mood (!) then I will eg do the background, and she paints lots of different coloured spots on; or sometimes we do hand prints etc.

the staff there will often write a nice message/date it (or you can, if you have a steady hand!)

vjg13 Fri 27-May-11 17:38:59

In addition to a gift and card you could also write to the head teacher about what a positive effect this teacher has had on your son.

ouryve Fri 27-May-11 20:31:46

I sometimes knit gifts for teachers, but obviously that's not practical for everyone! DS1's year 1 teacher got a Lush gift box, chosen by him.

CinnamonPretzel Fri 27-May-11 21:13:45

It's not much help, as I fear saying what we are getting DSs teacher might somehow get to her smile although I know highly unlikely.
DSs teacher has also been a rock in so many ways and it will be hard when they move into Jnrs. She currently has quite a few SEN kids in the class, about 6 or more, I think shock I know last half of term will be very stressful with the summer play etc.
I've listened a lot when we've spoken and worked out what I hope will be a special gift, based on what she likes. If all goes to plan, there is a special man who's designing and making it from my description. {Fingers crossed}
That, along with a long thankyou note card... Def be missed sad

kerpob Sat 28-May-11 08:26:19

For really special staff who have worked with our DC I have made little "certificates" with a citation for the staff, what they did for my kids etc and a photo or handprint from the child and then laminated it - staff seemed to really like it.

budgieshell Sun 29-May-11 10:54:05

The personal gifts are the most thoughtful I still have a hand painted plant pot done by a mum. Around the top was painted "Thank you for helping me grow". The plant is long dead but a still have the pot.

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