School for Children with Social Difficulties
Choosing a school for children with social difficulties is a
very difficult task. Parents know that the school they chose
will have a big impact on their child's self-confidence, their
ability to learn and their childhood experiences. Get it right
and you can help them learn and overcome many barriers and many
difficulties they may have. Get it wrong and it can become
practically a daily nightmare.
What are the options?
There are four ways to teach children with social difficulties:
* Home Education or Private Tutoring * Special Schools for
children with learning difficulties * Private Education *
Regular State School that has special needs facilities
Each of these schools will have their own set of benefits and
disadvantages. If you are looking for a specific type of school
that teaches children with social difficulties then you may be
lucky to have one close by or unfortunate to find that the
closest one is 100 miles away. So your options are limited to
what's available or what you are prepared to extend to.
Which option will be best?
This depends on the child as well as the schools that are
available to you in your local area. To determine which school
is best, parents have to see what their child needs the most and
what is going to the best learning experience. Once the parent
has a good idea about which school will be best then it is worth
giving it time to allow the ups and downs to settle from the
initial change. Even if parents make the best choice there may
still be problems. Certainly moving children from one school to
another to try out the best option is going to cause problems
with the constant change.
So the best thing to do to find out which school is best is to
do your homework into what the schools are offering. Talk to the
headmaster. Get them to be straight with you about what
facilities they have, what experience they have with children
with social difficulties, how they would handle behavioral
problems if they occur. See what the schools are like, if they
have places for children to go to when they are feeling bad or
want to get away from the noise of the playground.
What are you child's needs?
Each of the school choices can be a valid option and will depend
on the needs of the child. For example children that are
suffering with social difficulties may chose home schooling
where their interaction with others can be more closely
controlled. Children that suffer with more severe learning
difficulties or concentration levels may need more patient and
understanding and so a special needs school may be best. The
following is a good checklist for things to consider when
considering what type of school may be necessary.
* Physical abilities * Concentration level when learning *
Concentration level with others * Ability to interact with
others * Ability to conform to rules * Ability to deal with
ridicule/bullying * Ability to control own behavior and safety *
Ability to be unsupervised * Self confidence and need for
Some seem a little harsh to think about but these are serious
issues that should be considered. For example, some children
with social difficulties have a tendency to run out of class
when their environment feels threatening, so you would not want
to send them to a school where they can be easily lost or could
spend time unsupervised. Some children are overwhelmed by the
size of the school or number of children so you may want to send
them to a small school with a small number of children.
Whatever your options are the choice is not an easy one. So if
you are deciding between a specialist school that deals only
with children with social difficulties, a private school that
has a special needs program and achieves great results, a state
school that has small class sizes (not likely), or even home
education the choice may not be so easy to make. This is why the
choice has to come down to the type of child because they could
do great things in a low performing school or perform badly in a
high performing school.
The best choice is a school that will make them feel the best,
the most motivated, the safest and that they get the most from.
So whether you chose home schooling, a special school, a private
or even regular state school, if you choose a school that allows
them to enjoy learning the most then you are not likely to go