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Documentary on girls with ASD

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Toughasoldboots Wed 15-Jul-15 23:13:04

Is anyone watching this?

Handywoman Wed 15-Jul-15 23:19:31

Yep, me. What do you think??

WaftingWillberry Wed 15-Jul-15 23:25:03

Disappointed with their approach to selective mutism - if they had anything to do with the voiceover that is. Full of phrases like 'chooses not to speak' and 'refuses to speak'. Totally against current professional thinking.

TheFirstOfHerName Wed 15-Jul-15 23:27:26

I'm watching it.

WaftingWillberry Wed 15-Jul-15 23:27:28

Also a bit hmm at their describing dealing with the girl with PDA as being like 'training a wilful horse' or somesuch.

Toughasoldboots Wed 15-Jul-15 23:30:40

I am finding it quite painful, I thought it would be more useful, it feels more voyeuristic than helpful.

Dh refusing to watch, youngest dd (ASD) says that she doesn't have autism so no point in watching grin

Handywoman Wed 15-Jul-15 23:30:52

Is it me or are these teachers just making it up as they go along? Seems to me like a normal school with normal teaching staff and not a lot of specialist knowledge or experience, just more staff? Or is it just the way it's edited?

Can't see that it would do much for my dd tbh. hmm

Toughasoldboots Wed 15-Jul-15 23:32:20

Yes, re selective mutism, dd had this for two years, this was very much the attitude of Sen ta.

Handywoman Wed 15-Jul-15 23:32:46

It's a bit like watching 'The Undateables'? Can't see a lot of help for these girls?? Agree - painful viewing.

Toughasoldboots Wed 15-Jul-15 23:32:57

I could do with the weekly boarding though, might cut down on my mid week drinking.

adrianna22 Wed 15-Jul-15 23:33:52

The show seems ok...

adrianna22 Wed 15-Jul-15 23:35:02

I expected to see some therapeutic lessons/strategies undertaking...unless they didn't show it for this particular documentary.

Toughasoldboots Wed 15-Jul-15 23:36:49

Praise is so important isn't it? Doubly so for these girls.

Teawaster Wed 15-Jul-15 23:40:15

I am watching this with my DS who has aspergers . He was not impressed with the teachers at one point who seemed to be making fun of a particular pupil.

TheFirstOfHerName Wed 15-Jul-15 23:41:32

I'm finding it interesting viewing as my children (despite three of them having similar needs to some of these girls) are in mainstream state day schools, so a very different setting from this.

Toughasoldboots Wed 15-Jul-15 23:46:05

My dd is in year 7 at mainstream independent school, she is struggling.
If she had a friend I would be so happy.

uriyaaz2401 Wed 15-Jul-15 23:46:41

I watched it. I'm not sure if the school was implementing strategies to meet individual needs of students?

The boardroom meeting of teachers came to the conclusion of continuously praising the student who was refusing to attend classes. But they didn't make her self-harming a priority, Found that approach a bit strange.

They didn't mention if they had counsellors at the school for the students. (Or did they? Maybe I missed that bit?)

Having said that, it was insightful. If not a bit tactless.

adrianna22 Wed 15-Jul-15 23:52:17

uriyaaz.. I did too find that a bit strange that they didn't seem to make her self-harming as a priority.

Handywoman Wed 15-Jul-15 23:55:22

The school appeared to me to be lost in the mire of trying to demonstrate 'across the board expectations' and meeting 'individual needs'. Seemed a bit of a mishmash. But maybe the documentary just focused on the relationship-building element, in an effort to show what the girls were like?

dontknowwhat2callmyself Thu 16-Jul-15 09:29:18

Oh I would like to have seen this - which channel was it on? Thanks

Teawaster Thu 16-Jul-15 09:44:07

It was on Itv

PolterGoose Thu 16-Jul-15 11:02:52

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dontknowwhat2callmyself Thu 16-Jul-15 11:34:41

Thanks Teawaster will take a look on catch up

Handywoman Thu 16-Jul-15 11:51:32

I'm exactly the same as you, Polter it just looked like at lot of 'mothering' from the teachers and haphazard intervention by not very well trained people.

Also surprised those girls are all statemented. But then that's probably because I live in one of the, er, less enthusiastic LEAs in terms of statements/EHCPs.

Toughasoldboots Thu 16-Jul-15 12:05:42

Yes, I was surprised that they were all statemented, I am wondering if I should try the new version for dd.

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