A mum says she was devastated to be told her severely autistic son would be sent to a mainstream school, not a special school.Well, how severely autistic is he?
Lucy McClure, of Maudlyn Road, Colchester, fears four-year-old Frankie will be unable to cope at Kendall Primary School.Hmmm, that doesn’t bode well, not least for the other children. I mean, even with one-to-one supp…
Frankie’s condition means he struggles with his speech, he is not toilet-trained and is prone to violent outbursts.
Mrs McClure, 26, said: “In the statement application process, it asks for the preferred school you feel would meet your child’s needs.Well, that’s nice. How about ‘the panel’ reconsider, in light of the facts? Or maybe spend some time in the classroom with him?
“I asked for Market Field Special School, in Elmstead Market.
“Then I had a call from the head of special needs at Essex County Council to say the panel would like Frankie to attend Kendall Primary, without one-to one support.”
Mrs McClure said she felt Frankie needed specialist care.No doubt some cretin believes it’ll be ‘character forming’ for them, learning to cope with another child’s disability…
She explained: “He has behaviour issues because of his frustration at not being able to communicate, and he will hit out.
“It takes him a very long time to settle into a new place and he is not toilet-trained. He needs specialist people, which is why we want him to go to Market Field.
“They could cater for his needs and he would be around other people with special needs so he wouldn’t feel different. He is going to get bullied, because five-year-olds are not going to be aware of autism.”
An Essex County Council spokesman said it would meet Mrs McLure’s family next week to discuss the Frankie’s education.Would love to be a fly on the wall at that meeting….