I could really do with some help.
First of all, what a fantastic site this appears to be! I just googled up and here I am....
I am the proud father on a 9 year old little lad called Joseph, we live in Clacton on sea in Essex.
At five years old he was diagnosed as "high functioning autistic" bordering on aspergers.
Apparently he shows a lot of aspergers traits but as he had a speech delay to begin with he was diagnosed as more autistic than aspergers..
He has a statement and has a full time LSA with him at his junior school, he is year4 and is the yougest in his year as he has a late august birthday.
Apparently, like many austistic children, he is a very intelligent young lad.
Recently when he went to see his psychiatrist who asked us if we had considered him for the eleven plus.
He had given Joseph an IQ test. He said that taking aside the fact that Joseph, being Joseph, didn`t answer all the questions (he cant seem to grasp the concept of an educated guess) he still came out with an IQ of 120.
The psychiatrist and the psychologist, who he also sees at the local childrens centre, agree that, given the right help and tuition, he really ought to have a go at the eleven plus.
I would love him to have the opportunity/choice to go to our local grammer school (Colchester Royal Grammer) which has a fantastic academic record and apparantly welcome children with autism and aspergers.
Quite frankly, and I dont wish this to appear churlish, I believe the majority of children at a grammer and/or faith school might be a little more enlightened and tolerant towards "different" children such as my little boy. Allied to this, if he is as bright as we are led to believe, it would be nice if he could get the best possible start in his life, which as you can imagine, will be difficult with his condition.
This is where I need your help.
Apparently the essex 11+ is in november ( essex LEA do not take age into consideration ) he has got 7 months to go before his test. So time is of the essence
We have spoken to him and tried to explain it all, he seems to like the idea of this adventure (see how he likes it when he has to get stuck into the extra work
I would like to find a suitable tutor, hopefully with experience of children with autism.
Any help, tips and ideas would be really appreciated.
thank you all very much in advance... Michael