Still having a bit of a nightmare with Brodie's statement, and was just wondering how much support your kids get whilst at school?
Apparantly our LEA are saying that Brodie's needs aren't complex enough to warrent full time one to one support but both myself and the school feel that at the moment he just won't be able to cope without it.
Does anyone know what my best course of action is from here as i'm beginning to feel a bit like i'm banging my head against a brick wall!
Hi Tina, obviously Rachel is too young for me to have personal experience of this but have come across info that may or maynot help -on the DSA site you can download a copy of what an educational statemnet means for a child with DS - which seemed a useful resource 9I expect you've seen it ). I was also thinking about the the Downs ed trust loads of experience in the field of education - they are really good at offering advise if you e-mail them or even ring , you don't have to belong to it or anything & there may be stuff on their site that might help . I had experience years ago with one of my sons, the trouble is the lea don't always see it from the child's point or even the school's point they see it from how much is this going to cost us ! Sorry can't help more Susan
Thanks for that Susan. I went and had a look on the DSA site and wish i had seen it before we put the initial statement in. It is a shame it all comes down to money in the end but as it turns out we seem to have managed to get everything sorted now. The school have managed to jig things around a bit and although he still doesn't have full time one to one support he will only be unsupported at dinner times and for the last 30 mins everyday. I'm quite happy with that as the school said he manages pretty much fine on his own at dinner times anyway and apparantly there are plenty of girls in year 5 who are always desperate to play with him (and mother him a bit!). So we'll see how it goes, hopefully it will help him to gain a bit more independence too!