Asperger's Syndrome

Help and Advice with Education and Schooling Requirements

Children with Asperger's can find school more challenging and need extra support and help during their education.

The information below sets out what educational support a child with Asperger's might need at school and how we can help make sure that your child receive it.

What is Asperger’s syndrome?

Asperger's syndrome is a form of autism, which affects how your child talks and writes, understands and interacts with others. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them and process information.

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What problems can a child with Asperger's have?

  • Social Communication – understanding body language, tone of voice, gestures and issues with communicating how they feel
  • Social Imagination – recognising what other people think and feel
  • Social Interaction -difficulties getting to know people and making friends even though they want to and small children may have a problem with 'make believe' play, preferring to line up cars rather than pretend to drive them into a garage
  • Hyper-sensitivity to noise, light and touch
    • frustrations with their surroundings, ie too much noise
    • hate having their hair cut or teeth brushed
    • have problems with certain types of materials
  • Co-ordination - be clumsy or have dyspraxia
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Dyslexia
  • Difficulties organising work and understanding why things are done a certain way if it doesn't make logical sense
  • Lack of self-esteem

You might see your child experience a 'melt down' or an acute outburst of rage as they try to shut out all the influences from outside. Sadly, a child with Asperger's can also become a victim of bullying at school.

Children over the age of 8

Many children who have gone to a mainstream school with no problem may find find it increasingly difficult to cope once they reach the age of 8. You might notice your child becoming fearful of trying new activities and getting upset, especially when they come home.

What problems might a child with Asperger's have at school?

  • Making friends and working in a group environment
  • Busy, noisy environments, eg a classroom with lots of pictures on the wall can be too much for a child with Asperger's, this could make them "tune out", withdraw or become frustrated and anxious
  • Subjects such as religious studies can be problematic as they will need to put themselves in another's shoes

However, with the right help and support, many children can learn to do the things that other children in their class can.

What educational support does a child with Asperger's need?

The school can help your child by using these simple methods:

  • Clear classroom rules, as well as structure and routine
  • Having a 'buddy' system so your child can work on their social skills with other children
  • Communicating clearly and giving your child time to process information
  • Activities at lunch-times
  • Qualified staff to support your child in class and at break-times

Depending on your child's needs, the school should also give:

  • Speech and language therapy to help with your child's social interaction
  • Occupational therapy for problems with motor control and how to deal with sensory information
  • Dyslexia and literacy support
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How can we help a child with Asperger's?

We work with parents of children who have special educational needs (SEN), including Asperger's on a daily basis and understand the complexities that go with these types of cases. Some of our solicitors also have hands-on experience of children with special needs so are especially adept at understanding the issues faced from a parent's perspective.

We can work with you to make sure your child is getting the right support through a SEN statement or a care plan.

We recognise that as many local authorities are no longer providing statements for children with Asperger’s syndrome, getting the right support for your child is becoming increasingly difficult. We can help you to gather evidence and challenge this through a tribunal appeal.

Also, if you feel that a specialist school would be right for your child then we can advise on the best way to present your case.

Recommendation:

"The biggest provider for the sector," this team remains a giant in the field of education law. It is praised as being "extremely knowledgeable," "caring and highly competent," and the lawyers "help well beyond the call of duty." The Team handles a vast number of claims, and has earned a reputation for pushing the boundaries of special education needs (SEN) law. A recent highlight was representing a young boy who was asked to leave the school on his first day of secondary school because of his hairstyle. A High Court ruling found that the school had acted inappropriately and would in future have to change its uniform code to reflect different ethnic or cultural practices. Chambers and Partners UK 2013

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