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    Question june bub repeating prep confused what i shoud do?

    Hello I have a 5yr old boy who has been diagnosed with high functioning autism (only slight issues around behavior and speech). He is behind in his reading and phonics, over the school holidays he has caught up with his number recognition but still has issues with letter recognition.

    my family who are teachers have been pushing me to repeat him as they think he is not mature enough yet and say he is to far behind that he will sit at the bottom of the class right the way through school which he won’t cope with and act out with bad behavior.

    On the other hand the principle of his school has stated they want him to go into a prep/ year 1 class as a grade one but doing prep work and to repeat at the end of year 1.
    I don't agree with this because if they turn around and say he has to go on to year2 and can’t repeat he is not only behind but has lost year 1 as well.

    Can anyone help with advice there's three weeks until school goes back and I’m stuck?
    we are in qld.
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    Hi
    my son was diagnosed with high functioning autism half way through year 1 (2011). He was incredibly behind his peers with his school work and his behavior was terrible. We ended up moving schools for grade 2 because the school he was at wasn't willing to be flexible for him. He started his new school last year having never gotten anything above a D on a report card. He was placed into a 1/2 composite class and with wonderful teachers who worked so hard with him all year. He made amazing progress last year and is now on par with the rest of the students. His behavior at school and at home still isn't perfect but SO much better. He has a big problem with concentration so they split each session into smaller sections for him. For example he will work for 30 minutes and then get a 15 minute break to colour or read. He has social skills lessons a few times a week and if he is having a hard time in the classroom the SEU teacher will come down and take him for a walk to get out and get rid of some energy. For us I think the composite class worked really well.

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    Thank you that's great. Did you need to get letters from the specialists to break the lessons up? I was thinking of asking if they could do something similar for my son as he works a lot better in small sessions. At home we use all sorts of different ways to manage but last year Inoticed that they didn't use the strategies I suggested e.g. for floortime(reading etc.) having him hold a bean bag or one of those ice packs in a towel really helped him but they didn't use it even though I supplied them.
    This year he the prep/1 class has a new teacher with a back ground in SE so I am hoping that he will do well. It’s only a small rural school so we don't have much in the way of SEU support. It’s quite frustrating as he is my first and I’m not good at getting across to the principle what support he actually needs. But at home we work like crazy trying to get him up to standard. I’m so glade there is so much online to help. Put him in front of a computer and in one day he will learn and retain what they have been trying to teach him for months.
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    Splitting up the sessions was completely the idea of the school and his classroom teachers. I'm really lucky that the school he is at really know what they are doing when it comes to ASD. That's really hard that you are rural, you wouldn't really have much choice when it comes to schools right? I didn't realise how important the right school is until I look back on how he is now compared to the year before last. Do the school and teachers have much knowledge or experience with ASD? It is so much easier to teach them if you at least understand how they work.


 

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