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Mum desperate to find school for son
AN eight-year-old sensory disorder sufferer with special educational needs has been left without a school to go as nowhere will cater for his complex condition.
The situation has reduced young Liam Reid to tears as he has to stay at home where he is now schooled by his mother Donna, while other Wyre Forest children returned to classes this month.
The youngster, whose disorder is a result of the devastating after-effects of meningitis he suf fered as a baby, “just wants to be like his friends” and go to class , said Mrs Reid, who was forced to pull him out of his special needs school last June when he was unable to cope there .
She said Liam, who finds it dif-ficult to deal with school settings, had been attending the Vale of Evesham School – some 30 miles from his Stourpor t home – but his anxiety became so bad he could not deal with his daily life .
Since then, Mrs Reid, 47, who has had to give up her job as a fitness instructor to look after her son, said she had struggled to find him a school and has hit out at Worcestershire County Council for doing “nothing” to help .
“The children are all back at school and my son has cried his eyes out because he hasn ’t got a school and he just wants to be like his friends and go to school,” she said.
“He’ s only eight and he’ s getting really depressed. I phoned mainstream schools but because he needs 30 hours a week, one on one , they won’ t take him on.
“He can ’t cope in a classroom environment. They say they can ’t meet his needs but where’ s he supposed to go?
“The council promised me they would find a school but they’ve done nothing. I’m only asking if he can go for one hour a da y.”
She added being out of school had left Liam feeling “lonely”, as it had caused him to develop a phobia of leaving the house .
“He wants to go to school now – he’s ready. All I ask is that there’s a school that would be patient enough and that would learn enough about him.”
Liam suffered streptococcal meningitis when he was six weeks old and has been dealing with the after-effects ever since .
All his senses have been affected and he finds it difficult to focus . He also has joint pain as well as dyslexia and dyspraxia.
A spokeswoman said the county council was unable to comment on individual cases but added: “Children with a statement of Special Educational needs (SEN) are placed in appropriate provision by SEN services and not by the general admissions process."
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