Special Report Caroline Thorogate from North Walsham believes her two children would get on better in specialist schools. Picture: Neil Didsbury Archant Parents fed up with “fighting tooth and nail” to get an education for their children with special educational needs have hit out at the authorities. The stories of families who have fought to get the right support for their children are filled with distress, delays and disappointment.Around 21,000 children in Norfolk have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) and that number is on the up. It has left authorities struggling to catch up, but Norfolk County Council insists SEND provision is a priority - and has pledged to invest in more staff and schools.Parents in Norfolk have shared their experiences of trying to get the right special needs education provision for their children. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Images•‘Placements taken away’Caroline Thorogate’s daughter Amy, 10, has … [Read more...] about ‘They are not putting children first’: Parents hit out at crisis in Norfolk’s special needs
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A school for pupils with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs could be opening near Liverpool to reduce the "scandalous" number of exclusions in the region. The school, which will open at a site in Halton, will be shared with pupils from St Helens and will provide about 50 places for young people with issues including attachment disorders, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( ADHD) , Autism and challenging behaviour. The two authorities will be making a joint application to the Department of Education (DoE) to open the school as a special free school, after they were identified by the Government as having "insufficient" provision for young people with SEMH needs. It is hoped the new school will reduce exclusions in mainstream secondary schools, after a report revealed a "national scandal" of young people struggling with social, emotional and mental health issues being excluded because of a rise in "zero tolerance” behaviour policies. Permanent exclusions by … [Read more...] about New school for children with mental health issues to open near Liverpool
A Chesterfield mum has spoken of her frustration at being unable to secure a secondary school place for her autistic daughter with September fast approaching. Kirsty Venner says her daughter Meredith has been rejected from mainstream institutions in the area, but has also been refused a place at her chosen specialist school by Derbyshire County Council, leaving her stranded. The 10-year-old, who suffers from autism, ADHD and anxiety and will turn 11 during the summer holidays, is ‘in limbo’ as her friends prepare to start at their respective secondary schools in the autumn.Kirsty said: “Meredith has missed out on so much, I’d hate her to lose out again.“I’ve been trying to sort this out since February but Meredith still has nowhere to go come September. “Her behaviour has spiralled out of control as her anxiety has worsened down to the fact her friends know where they’re going, but she still doesn’t have a place.” For the … [Read more...] about Frustrated Chesterfield mum unable to secure school place for autistic daughter
It’s normal for children to get distracted, forget their homework, get fidgety, or tune out from time to time. But how do you know when inattention and hyperactivity is a sign that something more is going on?Attention Defecit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) is the most common behavioural disorder in children, yet plenty of us are still in the dark about what it really is.About 5% of children worldwide are diagnosed with ADHD, and if left untreated, the disorder can cause significant mental health problems, issues with work or education, and unnecessary distress and loneliness.ADHD is something lots of parents worry about, but plenty of successful people with the disorder have gone on to achieve great things – but early diagnosis, say experts, is key to managing it.What is ADHD?ADHD is a behavioural disorder characterised by a group of symptoms: inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.Signs of the disorder tend to be noticed at an early age – usually between … [Read more...] about What is ADHD and how can you spot the signs in your child?
The number of U.S. kids accidentally or intentionally overdosing on ADHD medications may be on the rise, a new study suggests. Researchers found that between 2000 and 2011, there was a 71 percent increase in calls to U.S. poison control centers related to kids' ingestion of drugs prescribed for ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder). After 2011, there was a small -- but not statistically significant -- dip. Most cases were accidents, the study authors said. Young children got their hands on pills such as Ritalin or Adderall, for example, or kids were mistakenly given a double-dose of their prescription. But 18 percent of calls were made after a teenager intentionally abused an ADHD medication, or took it in a suspected suicide attempt, according to the new report. Calls to poison control centers are often made by worried parents whose kids aren't actually sick, but might have been exposed to a drug. "So an exposure to a medication does not necessarily mean there's been a … [Read more...] about Overdoses on ADHD medications may be on the rise, study finds