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SMA child in main stream school

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EndOfTheRoad2011 Thu 22-Sep-11 19:55:05

Hi any parents on here with a physically disabled child in a mainstream school? Having some silly little problems at our dd's school that it has made me wander whether it is the teachers/ta's with the problem or a general problem within any school..

madwomanintheattic Thu 22-Sep-11 19:58:17

sorry, being a bit dim and can't work out what sma means blush but yy dd2 has cp and has always been ms. she wasn't independently mobile to start with, but is now. particular concerns?

IndigoBell Thu 22-Sep-11 20:54:51

No 2 schools are the same. You'd be amazed at how different two state schools very near each other can be.

They should be able to totally provide care and education for your child.

isw Thu 22-Sep-11 22:21:59

I love google ...Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

DD also has cp and so far only attends the nursery of a primary school, she is not independantly mobile (yet!) but the school have been fantastic in supporting her.

EndOfTheRoad2011 Fri 23-Sep-11 14:53:11

hi all - sorry so used to typing SMA - thanks isw!

dd is due to have spinal surgery soon and at the moment in a manual wheelchair - my concern is that she will need to use her electric chair once back in school but they don't seem too keen on the idea. They have delayed and delayed doing a risk assesment for it and until it is done she can't use it. Just find it fustrating that they seem to be digging their heels in.

Also class teacher is really upsetting us, silly little things about one to one helper should not be helping with her writing (scribing) etc and that she is more than capable but some days she is and other days dd is so tired out that it takes all her energy just to keep herself upright in her chair and self propel.

Lunchtimes seem to have become an issue too - dd needs to stay indoors when it is cold outside and it seems they want to confine her to one room which she is very unhappy about. Have a mtg with new headteacher next week but not sure how it is going to go ....

madwomanintheattic Fri 23-Sep-11 15:47:45

have you got pd sta that you can discuss issues with at the lea? i would be tempted to put the risk assessment for the electric wc in writing and ask for it to be done prior to the surgery, so that everything is in place for when dd returns to school (and copy it to the chair of governors and the sn governor) as well as the senco, ht, and class teacher. (after your meeting!!!)

we've had a few issues where the 1-1 has been overly helpful, but it's usually fairly easily nipped in the bud by reminding the school that the 1-1 is there to facilitate independence, not take over and do everything. it's tricky - your school have obviously gone the other way! grin

can she type? dd2 struggles with writing and in the very early years it was easier for school to scribe (i had a similar issue myself as i did a stint supporting a gcse student) but we are currently transitionsing to ft keyboard. obv when she really can't manage, then the 1-1 can scribe, but dd2 finds typing much less traumatic than writing. (she has athetoid cp - sometimes her writing is neat but slow, and other days she can barely get the pencil on the paper! sooo variable.)

mm, playtime. is she statemented? what does it say about support - does she have lunch cover in the statement? there's no real reason why the supervising staff shouldn't go all over with dd - is it just convenient that she stays put? is it not possible for the staff member to take her outside briefly (well wrapped) for a circuit, and then tootle about indoors/ library or wherever? bit harsh that she's imprisoned! id she hasn't got any lunch cover then i can sort of see why they are going for the easy option.

i'd go in and be lovely and smiley with the ht. it's a new ht, new teacher, and you all want the best for dd! (emphasise this a lot with a huge smile!) and just raise your concerns in a non threatening way. obviously you want dd to be treated as far as possible as the rest of the kids, but suitable accomodations made. ask them for their advice. a lot. bow to their superior professional wisdom. wink a good bit of flattery this early in the relationship can smooth the way for years to come. grin

and then you can be a proper pita later - but get the foundations built first. grin

is the ot coming into school? our ot and physio used to come in once a term and were really good with specific advice for 1-1s. you need a good one though...

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