Very specific question, I am afraid, but does anyone have any thought on schools that would be sympathetic to an aspergers boy? DS2 is in currently in reception, and whilst his current school is happy for him to stay for class 1, I feel we are rather on borrowed time, so want to start looking around for alternatives. We are based in Cheslea. Any thoughts? Want to keep him in mainstream, but don't even know what non mainstream options there are - all the the special/semi-special schools I have spotted are focused on learning difficulties, and this isn't his problem (ie not dys-anything).cc
Ben really sorry, didn't mean to pour cold water on your suggestions! It's just that those are the only 2 special schools I ever looked at re my ds1, and I know them pretty well. In fact ds will be starting at one of them in September. And I have to say I was initially concerned as he is moderately asd, with moderate learning difficulties, and I thought he may be too high functioning for both of them. On reflection no, one of these schools was the best possible option for him.
Nb rainbow is an ABA school and Queensmill is TEACCH
Thanks very much chaps - will look into these nonetheless. He isn't statemented. school have started the process,and he has a private diagnosis (which I am still processing myself, IYSWIM - not sure whether I am in denial or if I have valid hesitations . had an NHS AS assessment nearly a month ago, but am still awaiting feedback.
At the moment I think he belongs in mainstream but in a supportive/sympathetic environment (is currently at a small independent who are giving somewhat mixed signals about their medium term willingness to keep him), but this may prove impractical (will anyone want him?) or indeed if the gap widens during class 1, inappropriate. So I want to get my research well in hand for all eventualities.