The decision was not easy and we thought hard about it, about the pros and cons. We finally made our decision to take Imaan out from Aldermoor Farm Primary School where he had been going for a year, after seeing the improvements that Imaan has made at home during the summer break. The school has a Enhanced Resource Provision - a special unit for children with autism attached to the school.
We had to fight to get in because the places are limited but after more than a year at the school we feel that the home schooling Imaan at home with the Son-Rise programme in place in a familiar environment with few distractions and 1 to 1 support for 8 hours everyday is the best option for him.
Our decision was based on the fact that so many other families who have children with autism have made incredible improvements after running full time Son-Rise programme. Several have actually recovered their children to the extent that they have gone back into mainstream school.
As mentioned earlier, the decision was also based on the recent improvements that Imaan has made in such a short time - he is more interactive, increased his vocabulary, engaging in imaginative play and spontaneously using words appropriately. We attribute this to the increased in1 to 1 interactions in the play room and the distraction free environment. The school he went to was trying to integrate him into the mainstream part of the school, increasing the time he spent outside the special unit and with the other children with support in the normal classes. We have seen several improvements but we have also seen him regressing as well. Discussing with other parents, we learnt that this was quite normal but we recognised that he still had several problems dealing with all the sensory inputs in school and realised that Imaan was not really ready for school.
It is going to be difficult especially as we don't receive any funding from the Coventry LEA but we are going ahead and confident that we have made the right decision.