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  • Autism

    I have a 19 yr. old son that was born with autism. I live in U.S, and was just wondering what the situation was like in Scotland and the UK concerning this disorder.

  • #2

    I do not have any personal experience with Autism, but a friend teaches in a school for autistic children near London.

    Here's the website of the National Autistic Society which also has information re Asperger's Syndrome.

    I seem to recall that the University of Sunderland is undertaking pioneering research. Sorry, I don't have a website, but if you do a google search with University of Sunderland+Autism - I'm sure you'll find information.


    • #3
      You dont really want to know

      Though Autism is common in Scotland many Education authorities dont want to know about it as it costs them money.
      Our son is 13 now and is in an Autism unit at secondary school, but not all schools have these units as they are expensive to run. Philip has a one to one teacher and though he is now doing well at school it has not allways been that way.
      Philip has Autism and ADHD, when we first moved to Scotland 7 years ago we had big problems with school, his head teacher said she had never seen a child like Philip and because he didnt understand what she was trying to teach him she would shout at him and tell him how naughty he was then wonder why he would lash out and hit her and run out of school.
      The education authority were useless and offered no reall solution to these problems,the child psycologist recomended a special school over 100 miles away and basicly no one wanted to know.
      In the end we had to contact solicitors who specialise in educational law and it was only then that things started to improve.
      We took Philip out of the school he was in and put him into a differant school with better qualified staff and the solicitors threatened the education authority with legal action before things got better.
      Solicitors can work wonders,Philip settled into his new school well and actually started to learn, When it was time to move to secondary school the education authority said that there was no place for Philip to go except to an ordinary school, remarkably once a solicitors letter was sent to them they found Philip a place at his present school and he is happy and doing well.
      Its a long winded story and i have only given you part of it, I understand from the Autism parents list that most education authorities in Scotland are about the same.


      • #4
        Sounds to me as if NO CHILD should be in that first school regardless of special needs! How terrible.

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