hello everyone. my boy recently started secondary school, it is a broad-spectrum school, he is autistic and is struggling. I understand he needs time to settle in, however there have been several issues at the school already where my son has been a victim of inappropriate sexual behaviour. I understand that the children there have a variety of additional needs, however my son is very able to communicate and make people aware of what is happening however he was unable to do this because he felt he wasn't listened to. we will as his parents be making a complaint, but in fairness to the school we now have half term so are unable to act accordingly until the school is back of half term. I just feel so heart broken that my son has been exposed to such behaviour. I suppose I am just looking to sound off and see if any other parents children have experienced this. my boy was unable to go to an autism specialist school because we were told he would be unable to access the curriculum because his levels are that of a year 1-2 however he is very intelligent and very articulate.
My son is adverse to learning, if we felt we could educate him at home we would but we feel he wouldn't be compliant, and that is our worry. any advice would be appreciated.
I'm very sorry to hear that your son has been treated this way. If you would like to talk to someone, the NAS has a Education Rights Service - https://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/education-rights.aspx - which offers confidential information, advice and support about education law and your rights as a parent when dealing with schools. There is also a range of general advice for parents of ASD children at school here -https://www.autism.org.uk/about/in-education.aspx - including advice on different school options, resolving differences and getting extra help for your child.
Hope something here will be of some help to you.Best wishes,
Ross - mod
Hello, I am so sorry to hear about your son’s dreadful experience at school.
It may be an idea to send as detailed account of what happened as possible by email to the school. Then follow this up with a personal visit to the appropriate person at the school, presumably the head teacher.
This way you - and the school - will have a record of the incident. This will make it more difficult for the school not to treat this incident with the seriousness it deserves.
This short article gives some tips on how to teach children: https://the-art-of-autism.com/5-ways-to-teach-autistic-children-to-create-poems/
I wish you all the best in hopefully resolving this issue in a way that your son feels his concerns have been listened to. Graham.