Learning Together: some family stories

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Janet’s story

“It’s been important for me to be his advocate, because if I didn’t do it, no one else would! … Charlie being diagnosed with autism has just changed my life completely. I’ve learned so much now, I want to help other families.” On this page: Choosing a school Early on at primary school Keeping in […]

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Christel’s story

“Through this process, I’ve really started to go – you know what? People have jobs to do. People have things they need to get done. And I have my job to do. And that’s to advocate and support my son.” On this page: Choosing a school An inclusive attitude Sharing information and reassuring the school […]

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Limor’s story

‘If I wasn’t honest, it could have been a really horrible year, and I wouldn’t have formed the connection with the teacher. I wouldn’t have had the trust in her, to get through the year in a positive way.’ On this page: Deciding between mainstream and specialist school Being upfront about my son’s needs My […]

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James and Sara’s story

‘You get over one hurdle, there’s something else that’s going to arise, sooner or later. You’ve just got to maintain your optimism, I guess. Aim high, because you’ve got nothing to lose, and everything to gain.’ On this page: An unusual approach Tips for filling in the Educational Needs Questionnaire Why we wanted a mainstream […]

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Tania’s story

‘When it really matters, he will share what’s important to him, and I can represent that. He trusts me to take care of him in that way. I will always encourage independence, but I will step back slowly, so he has confidence in doing those things.’ On this page: Our first experience in Steiner school […]

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Marie’s story

‘You can also see whether it’s going to work from the goals they set for your child. If all they’re interested in is, ‘Oh, his bad behaviour, we’ve got to get that right’. If they’re not challenging your child, it’s not going to work.’ On this page: Choosing our first school Low expectations, then a […]

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Mel and Anthony’s story

‘Accepting help is something that has taken me a long time, but I’m open to it now. Because the more help I get, the more support I get for my family, the better off we’re going to be as we move forward.’ On this page: Taking time to prepare for a school move Accountability and […]

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