Securing Appropriate Education Provision for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Securing Appropriate Education Provision for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders


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Searching for the right school for a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) opens up a huge and complicated world, and it can be difficult to know where to begin. What should you look out for in a school? What questions should you ask? How do you choose between different educational approaches and programmes?

This accessible guide cuts through all of the jargon surrounding special educational needs (SEN) and walks parents and professionals through the entire journey of securing appropriate educational provision for a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The author explains the implications of having, or not having, a diagnosis; how to obtain a Statement of SEN; how to find and secure an appropriate school; and how to work effectively with outside agencies. She provides clear explanations of all of the legal aspects of the process, including SEN law, the SEN Code of Practice and the new guidelines for SEND tribunals. Recognising that mainstream schooling is not the best option in every case, she also shows that independent schools and home-schooling can be viable options in some cases. A multitude of useful resources, websites and other sources of further information are also included.

Whether you are the parent or carer of a child with ASD, or a professional working with children with autism, the ideas and information in this book will steer you through the complex maze of issues surrounding how to secure appropriate education provision for children with ASD.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849051538
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 12/15/2010
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Allison Hope-West is Head of Education at the Sheiling School, Ringwood, and a distance learning tutor on the M(ed) Autism course at the University of Birmingham. She was previously Director of Special Educational Needs Placements for the Cambian Group, which provides specialist residential education and care for young people with autistic spectrum disorders.

Table of Contents

Foreword 9

Introduction 11

1 Jasper's Story 19

2 Your Special Child 27

3 Diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder 33

4 Practical Strategies to Support your Child with Autism 43

5 Types of Educational Provision 59

6 Educational Approaches and Programmes 67

7 How to Find an Appropriate Specialist School 79

8 How to Work Effectively with Outside Agencies 87

9 The SEN Code of Practice 93

10 The Process of Securing a Statement of SEN 99

11 SEN Law and SEND Tribunals 105

12 Transition 111

13 Brothers and Sisters 119

14 Frequently Asked Questions 125

Glossary 129

References 132

Useful Websites and Suggested Further Reading 135

Index 142

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