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Hi looking for help! I have a nine year old boy with learning difficulties the school put him on school action plus last year but removed it when his reading level reached a certain level - although he can read well his comprehension is very poor - this meant that this year he has started on a lower level than last year! He has seen mutliply proffessionals but none of them seem to talk to each other or even compare results year on year, his occupation reports show a below average fine motor skills and visual awareness which has not improved in 3 years, they also noted his slow reation time and the need to break instructions down to the bare minimum. I have yet another appointment with his SENCO tomorrow who is really nice but now I feel she is just pacifying me but not really listening. Does anyone else have similar problems?
My son is now 30, but I well remember the problems which I had with education, I've helped many parents since.
I would suggest that you write a letter of formal complaint to the Chief Education Officer of your local authority, the very top man/woman. Send it to them via Special Delivery, keep the post office slip, and staple it to your copy - then no one can say that they haven't received it (believe me, this can happen)
Explain clearly, but as briefly as possible, what the problem is. They have to log formal complaints, so it will set their alarm bells ringing and hopefully all will start talking to each other.
It might help if you wrote down exactly what you wanted for your son in an ideal world - this is not always as easy as it seems at first.
What do you want long term for your son? You might need to compromise. My son was brain damaged at birth, reading and writing is virtually impossible for him. But he's a lovely chap, he is friendly, polite, and enjoys life - recently he's moved into a flat all of his own, which he keeps like a palace. For him, a special school was the answer, not run by a local authority, but a Camphill school. They concentrated on developing the person first. I had to appeal all the way to the Secretary of State to get this funded by the local authority, but it was well worth the fight. Good luck, I know how stressful and frustrating this can be.
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