transition to secondary school - FamilyEducation
transition to secondary school
10/12/2007 at 07:27 AM


I wonder if anyone has any advice for me.

My 11 year old son has spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy.  This only affects him physically.  Mentally he is very bright.

He has recently started at a senior school, where they have started to question his cognitive skills.  I appreciate that he is behind in reading, cannot write because of his physical difficulties and is not great at maths, but he was doing well at primary school and making great progress.

Now he has come to senior school where they appear to be questionning all his ability.  They seem to think he is even further behind than we thought - even though I have worked with him and got much better results than they have!

I'm worried as this is knocking his confidence and having an even more detremental affect on his ability.

Does anyone have any advice on how to deal with the problem, how I can boost his confidence and anything I can do at home with him to help him build his reading and maths skills.

Thank you





Hey Donna


Welcome to the boards.  It sounds like you are having a hard transition---I am sorry you are going through this.  My only advice is to keep the lines of communication open with the teachers and the school.  Hopefully with time they will come to see what you see.  I would work with him at home on everything I could, it sounds like he does better with that sort of one on one help.  And I would talk to the teachers about what you can do to help him succeed.  Also, continue to give him lots of pats on the back at home and as he starts to do better his confidence will soar!




Thank you