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List of alternative education establishments

List of alternative education establishments

I'm looking to find a list of alternative education establishments more suited to my daughter's needs. She has recently received a diagnosis of Autism, and even with support is very unhappy in mainstream school. 

The simple answer is that there is not a list of alternative education establishments. Your local authority website should have details of all maintained schools in your area, mainstream and special schools and units. Some specialist units will be based in mainstream school. You may have done this already but we would suggest that you talk to the SENCo at your daughter’s school to see if adjustments can be made. There has been a growing demand for specialist provision for children diagnosed with Autistic spectrum disorders some schools now refer to themselves as serving children with complex needs. There are some independents schools such as those run by the National Autistic Society. In most cases your daughter would need an Education Health and Care Plan to be considered for specialist schools/provision.
You may find these links useful.
http://www.autism.org.uk/
http://www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk/help-and-advice/special-needs-advice/types-of-sen/the-autistic-spectrum/179/asd-asperger-s-syndrome-and-autism

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My daughter has selective mutism

My daughter has selective mutism

I have been saying on and off for the past two years that my daughter has selective mutism but only in occasional situations outside home and at school. It’s perhaps gone on too long as it has not really been picked up by teachers.It came to a head on Wednesday when the head mistress gave a detention for not completing her maths work and only achieving one sum when to me this seemed harsh and also she must have been struggling to ask for help. Where do I get a formal diagnosis as for two years in her report they have labelled her stubborn and she is obviously uncomfortable in some situation. At home and in familiar surroundings she is fine but school isn't one of them. Please help!

It must be stressful for you all at present. The first thing we always suggest, if you haven’t already, is trying to talk directly to school, perhaps meeting with the SENCo to discuss your concerns. If you feel that you are not able to progress your concerns with school and you would like to talk to a Child and Adolescent Mental health (CAMHs) professional regarding your concerns you can pursue this through your GP. Alternatively you may find it helpful to call the Youngminds helpline: http://www.youngminds.org.uk/for_parents/parent_helpline We have had very positive feedback from families that have used this service.

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Support for child with autism

Support for child with autism

One my cousin's children has Autism and they are coming to live in England soon. I would like to know what facilities and support do you offer for an Autistic child? He is 5 year's old. We never experienced this sort of disorder before so not sure what to do and how to help that beautiful life to live. Your guidance and help will be greatly appreciated.

To gain access to support for a child who you believe to be on the autistic spectrum it is necessary to have a diagnosis from a psychiatrist - after that it is possible to apply for an education and health care plan in order to have additional help in school or if necessary a special school - this process can take an extended length of time so do make enquires in the area you are planning to move to as soon as you possibly can.

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