There are days went I could scream at the injustice that takes place in school up and down the UK.
My mates son has ASD ( Autistic Spectrum Disorder) and although extremely high functioning he has severe problems coping within a mainstream setting...not only does he suffer but the school just can not manage his behaviour.
She was called into school today and the head excluded her son because the teaching staff had refused to teach him without there being an additional member of staff in the classroom to manage his behaviour.
We arent talking fisty cuffs from a 14 year old 6 footer...my mates son is 6! His "bad behaviour" - stimming!
For those who dont know, stimming is a word used to describe repetitive bodily actions. In J's case he flicks his fingers in front of his eyes when he gets stressy....he does it over and over again whilst rocking gently until he calms himself down.
My mates son...well when he stims he rocks back and forth and hums loudly - (humming creates a "white noise" which blocks out background sound to help the hummer concentrate)....so my mates boy is out of school because the teachers couldnt cope with his rocking and humming...actions he has no control over.
Poor wee man is outta school and now the battle begins! Having been through similar with J and ending up in court to get the battle won, Im all geared up to help her fight the longest, hardest battle she will ever face.
Her son so obviously needs access to specialised teaching....how else is he going to grow, develop and reach his full potential??
Im not knocking mainstream teachers at all...infact Im full of admiration for them because I could not do their job at all.
The problem lies with this insane Inclusion policy...Ok it works for some kids but for others its like plonking a martian in the playground and telling it to be friends with everyone, understand the underwritten social rules of life Oh and be normal...how can it be when Mr Alien doesnt understand what normal is???
I blame central governments, the LEA's and bloomin number 10...education, education, education....my arrrrrrsssseeee!
Money should not come first....but it does!
Rant over! Put the soapbox away and breatheeeeeee....arrrr thats better!
My J...well we were told "he wouldnt ever amount to much"...actual words used by the Specialist at the local hossie...nice chap...NOT!
Well Mr Knowsnaffallaboutautism....how about this.....
J came home from school today carrying a box.
He opens up the box to show Mama whats inside....
My J can play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on the Accordian....Ive never cried so much in my life.....tears of sheer happiness...my boy is doing just fine.
Look at the concentration on his face!
Laterz hunniez. xxx