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(UK) Worcestershire: 2 1/2 hrs/day schooling for 5 y.o. with autism; no special place

Jan 13, 2022, The Shuttle: Worcestershire mum says school system has 'neglected' her autistic son

W. Midlands

A DISTRESSED mum says the school system has failed her autistic son by not providing him with the specialist education he needs. Ben Georgeson, aged five, from Far Forest, is only in school for two and a half hours a day according to his mum Sarah Haynes due to his condition. He was diagnosed with autism with significant delays in February 2021 and was put forward for an educational healthcare plan in March that year. Nearly a year later, Sarah says Worcestershire Children First are yet to find Ben, who attends Far Forest Lea CE Memorial Primary School, specialist provision. Sarah, aged 37, said: "His current neuro-typical school are in over their heads with my son who needs constant 1 to 1 and occasional 2 to 1 care when he’s very 'dysregulated', which can involve throwing, kicking, screaming and punching. "He is entitled to a full time education, and in the space of a year I have watched my son become more and more isolated within school, and within himself." Sarah says he attends school from 9am until 11.30am each week day because of his condition…. "My son is being neglected by the system. His personality is changing, he’s becoming more difficult to control because he is not in the right setting, with teachers that are not trained to deal with a child like him. … "We are just banging our heads against the wall. "He's just digressing - he's getting worse and worse. He needs specialist provision. "Ultimately we want a school placement at a specialist provider. In the interim we want his current school to be funded much better so he could go intro school full time."


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