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#1 singledaddave


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Posted 04 December 2015 - 10:07 AM

Hi all,

My son has a diagnosis of ASD and  ADHD. I don't agree with the ADHD as he fits the descriptors of PDA. Unfortunately my CAMHS don't use this description but rather prefer extreme ADHD.

I'm feeling completely lost trying to find an appropriate school for my son. He's currently year 6 mainstream but school have announced that they cannot meet his needs anymore this year. So I have been looking for a school that takes both primary and secondary age pupils. one of the difficulties that I am having is that there are no specialist ASD day schools within 90 minutes travelling time in each direction to where I live in London. My LA have suggested Hllingdon Manor which is 2 hours on a good day! I am currently trying to weigh up the possibility of residential provision and have visited a well regarded Cambian school. Does anyone else have experience of good schools that not only recognise PDA but are able to engage the children in a meaningful and flexible way?

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Posted 22 December 2015 - 09:41 PM

If your Cambian visit was to GH, then I can only say it has transformed my daughter. She moved there from one of the Priory Schools (who were brilliant until a change of HT 2+ years ago). We moved her to the Cambian School in Seotember. She has PDA, and they get her completely. They stretch her academically, nurture her socially, have therapists in the classrooms, and in residential etc. They've been great.

Officially the children board fortnightly, but Boo is not the only one who comes home every week. Family is important to her, and we prefer it that way too.

If you'd like to know more, or for me to go into more details about the Priory School that we left, please PM me :)
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Posted 28 December 2015 - 11:59 PM

Hi Dave,

I have a 12 year old son who is part residential at an independent specialist school. He has ASD, ADHD and traits of PDA. He has sensory processing and modulation difficulties too and Dyslexia. 


After exhausting mainstream, mainstream with unit, and maintained special we finally won an appeal for this placement.
Initially school got a few things wrong while they got to know him, my son took a while to settle and it wasn't easy.

We stuck it out and things improved dramatically. I am pretty sure things took a turn for the better when he felt a sense of belonging and acceptance. He was finally in a place where he was understood.

After 2.5 years he's made huge progress, like Kadenza describes, he has therapists in his class and working with the residential team. He has lots of theraputic intervention which he'd never have had elsewhere and a curriculum that stretches him. Without this placement, I don't believe he'd have had a chance of becoming an independent adult.

We still have a long way to go but in this placement it's the best shot we'll ever have. 

It's part of the SENAD group in Derby. I know they have PDA children there. Worth having a look at.


All the best Dave. 



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