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Experiences of secondary school for a child with Dyspraxia

(5 Posts)
rickbird Wed 16-Jan-13 13:31:13

Get an PAED OT referral from the GP. Once he/she has done their report, the school SENco will need to work with the findings according to their policy of inclusion. Secondary SN help is usually better as they are used to picking up the pieces of the primary school systems failings and lack of funding. Their challenge is to get the kids through GCSE and they are more focused on doing this as it affects their performance tables so are more likely to help. Diagnosis now will prep you and your child for what is to come. The OT report will recommend tactics to help with organisational skills and concentration, fine motor issues (writing) and core body strength which should help your child feel less at sea. Take this report to the senco at the secondary school and allow them to reassure you of processes they will employ. Then stay on it, like a jack russell if needs be to ensure the tactics are employed.

cornycarrotshack Wed 28-Nov-12 16:40:42

What problems does his ODD cause for him?
My ds2 has dyspraxia and has found secondary challenging due to all the extra organisation and homework. However they have been a bit better than his primary school who didn't understand dyspraxia at all.
He uses a laptop for writing now which school provides.
We've had to be very pro-active at communicating with the senco and various subject teachers just how his dyspraxia affects his ability to organise himself etc
they may well think we are nightmare parents but the alternative is to leave him to struggle.

TheOriginalNutcracker Wed 14-Nov-12 13:12:27


TheOriginalNutcracker Tue 13-Nov-12 22:29:06

Anyone ??

TheOriginalNutcracker Tue 13-Nov-12 20:52:08

Ds is nearly 10, and in yr 5. I am currently waiting on an appointment with a community paed and will be pushing for a diagnosis of dyspraxia.
He already has a diagnosis of ODD but gets no, help/treatment for this.

I have more or less given up on getting any help from hs primary school. He is on an iep, but basically because he's not naughty at school, they aren't bothered about helping him.

Anyway, my main concerns are now about how he is going to manage at secondary school. He has zero organisational abilities, and is currently only managing 30 minutes of homework a week (with help). His classwork is always lacking in content as he gets too distracted, and can't write quick enough and basically I feel like he will drown, unless he gets a lot of support.

I have already ruled out the secondary school that his sisters go to, as it is way to academic and high pressured, but there is another local one that it a little more laid back.

Presuming I manage to get his dyspraxia diagnosis, what help would he get at a mainstream secondary school ?? Should i consider an SN school ? I know he would need to be statemented for that though.

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