My son is turning 15 this week, so I thought I’d write a little blog update.
Back in April last year I eventually pulled my son out of a very harmful school situation. Shocking details which I will refrain from sharing here. I have no doubt that one day the truth about their lack of care and handling of autistic/PDA children will eventually be known.
Sons statement reads: Autistic Spectrum Disorder with a closer description of Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome.
The alternative educational setting is actually better described as a farm. Son began last September and to date, what a difference they have made… my son is actually settled and happy.
Although his journey each day is longer, once there his days are broken up into bite size chunks; a combination of short classroom activities, outside creative lessons, tending the farm animals, learning farm skills, woodwork, sport, outings and overall building self esteem and team work. Not only is he working towards BTECs but he has the opportunity to learn real life skills which can be used in years to come.
The staff are a unique, dedicated, passionate team. They combine their interests, skills and creativity to inspire the twelve children who attend. Rather than pushing and pulling the children through a tick box driven environment, they adapt, they actually think outside the box and they are making it happen, such a refreshing difference.
Long may it continue.