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Question Special Educational Needs - June 6th 2013, 07:30 AM

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I am in year 11 and I have SEN - Special Educational Needs and I also have statement of SEN which has all my learning difficulties and how I get supported in school.

I will be going to college this september so I wanted to ask a few questions to people who are SEN and are or have been to college
Do any of you have special educational needs and a statement of SEN. Do you still get help in sixth form , college and university.

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Re: Special Educational Needs - June 6th 2013, 11:03 AM

Can't help you with personal experience sorry, but can make some comment.

Most countries will have laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability (among many other things). Any decent college will be able to provide you with appropriate assistance to make sure that you can achieve to the best of your abilities.

You seem to be in London... quick bit of googling found me this:
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/disability/

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Re: Special Educational Needs - June 6th 2013, 12:51 PM

Thanks for the reply Mahray

The Special Educational Needs I have are server speech and language communication with expressive problems, selective mutism , fine motor skills problem - I cannot write for too long without any support as my hand gets really achy and high functioning autism.

My hours since year 9 till year year 11 have been much higher and it says on my statement of special needs that I have 23 hours of TA support and 3 hours of teacher support.

Because I have speech and language communication difficulties I have a problem of talking to teachers even when I have a problem, so my dad rang up the college which I will be starting in September which is stanmore college to see if I can look at the college and meet couple of the teachers from the inclusion team before starting in September. Stanmore college has kindly agreed to this and I went with my dad today to see the college and we saw the inclusion manager.

My speech therapist said to me that I will get a speech therapist coming to see me in stanmore college because of the speech and language communicational need and the selective mutism, and also the new speech therapist for me in stanmore college will have a meeting with the inclusion team to discuss to the inclusion team how they can help me.


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Re: Special Educational Needs - June 6th 2013, 05:45 PM

I happened to go to a university what was very active in supporting the rights of anyone with SEN or a disability. From what they have expressed to me, most colleges in most countries will accommodate you similarly, if not better, typically through a "centre for students with disabilities" type thing.
I used the centres services for three years of my degree studies for my severe anxiety and IBS (which isn't yet recognized as a disability by most places so I was incredibly grateful). I was able to take all my midterms and exams in their facilities, I also had access to a notetaker for all of my courses who would provide me with notes if I had to leave early/miss a class. I also witnessed the many things they do for people in your situation, such as having a scribe (someone you dictate your answers to and they help you write it out for your exam), having every type of support for hearing/sight impairments, and endless other accommodations available.
Aside from that, professors and teaching assistants are very understanding! Most are also available through email, office hours, by phone so if you find one of these methods easier to use they will most likely be able to help you through that particular method. As long as your needs are recognized by the school, you should have absolutely no problem getting the supports you need from everyone at the school.
I found this page for the college you mentioned (http://www.stanmore.ac.uk/index.php/...arning-support), and it seems to provide all the same supports that I described, just make sure you know what's available, and bring all your concerns to them and i'm sure they will sort everything out for you!
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Re: Special Educational Needs - June 7th 2013, 01:37 AM

Hi Meera!

I live in a different country but I am rather sure that your country has similar legislation to mine in regards to this. Also, reading the page on your college's website confirms my thinking.
I get really great services from my schools's academic center that helps people with disabilities.
I am really glad to see you have gotten in contact with someone at your school in regards to being able to visit early.
There is the name of someone specific you can contact on the page that Stacey linked to you and I highly suggest you jot down some questions or things you want her to know and then give her a call as soon as you can.
Colleges and universities like to find out well in advance about the needs of students that they accept with any form of disability that way they can make necessary preparations (in your case, possibly, searching for someone to be a scribe and for a tutor or tutors (depending on how many you may need) and any other accommadations you may require).
The process can be somewhat tricky at first, it probably seems very unknown and overwhelming right now but your school looks like they have some procedures set up that will be able to help you. Also, when you get in contact with someone, that will make the process a whole lot easier because you will be able to find out more information.
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I happened to go to a university what was very active in supporting the rights of anyone with SEN or a disability. From what they have expressed to me, most colleges in most countries will accommodate you similarly, if not better, typically through a "centre for students with disabilities" type thing.
I used the centres services for three years of my degree studies for my severe anxiety and IBS (which isn't yet recognized as a disability by most places so I was incredibly grateful). I was able to take all my midterms and exams in their facilities, I also had access to a notetaker for all of my courses who would provide me with notes if I had to leave early/miss a class. I also witnessed the many things they do for people in your situation, such as having a scribe (someone you dictate your answers to and they help you write it out for your exam), having every type of support for hearing/sight impairments, and endless other accommodations available.
Aside from that, professors and teaching assistants are very understanding! Most are also available through email, office hours, by phone so if you find one of these methods easier to use they will most likely be able to help you through that particular method. As long as your needs are recognized by the school, you should have absolutely no problem getting the supports you need from everyone at the school.
I found this page for the college you mentioned (http://www.stanmore.ac.uk/index.php/...arning-support), and it seems to provide all the same supports that I described, just make sure you know what's available, and bring all your concerns to them and i'm sure they will sort everything out for you!
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Thank you for this . It really helped so much. Thank you for finding the stanmore college support details.

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Hi Meera!

I live in a different country but I am rather sure that your country has similar legislation to mine in regards to this. Also, reading the page on your college's website confirms my thinking.
I get really great services from my schools's academic center that helps people with disabilities.
I am really glad to see you have gotten in contact with someone at your school in regards to being able to visit early.
There is the name of someone specific you can contact on the page that Stacey linked to you and I highly suggest you jot down some questions or things you want her to know and then give her a call as soon as you can.
Colleges and universities like to find out well in advance about the needs of students that they accept with any form of disability that way they can make necessary preparations (in your case, possibly, searching for someone to be a scribe and for a tutor or tutors (depending on how many you may need) and any other accommadations you may require).
The process can be somewhat tricky at first, it probably seems very unknown and overwhelming right now but your school looks like they have some procedures set up that will be able to help you. Also, when you get in contact with someone, that will make the process a whole lot easier because you will be able to find out more information.
Hopefully this is helpful and if you ever need anything, you can send me a PM.
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Thank you for message , it was very helpful.

Love from Meera xx

Hey everyone ,

I wanted to ask you does anyone have a time out card in college because I had one at my current high school and will require another one when I am in college. Do you think the college would make a time out card for me?

If you do have a time out card , what do you use yours for?
I use my time out card when I am feeling extremely anxious or when I know I will end up getting told off in class if stay in the classroom because I have BESD( Behaviour Emotional Social Difficulties).


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Re: Special Educational Needs - June 7th 2013, 06:50 AM

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Hi ,

Thank you for this . It really helped so much. Thank you for finding the stanmore college support details.

Love from Meera xx



Hey,

Thank you for message , it was very helpful.

Love from Meera xx

Hey everyone ,

I wanted to ask you does anyone have a time out card in college because I had one at my current high school and will require another one when I am in college. Do you think the college would make a time out card for me?

If you do have a time out card , what do you use yours for?
I use my time out card when I am feeling extremely anxious or when I know I will end up getting told off in class if stay in the classroom because I have BESD( Behaviour Emotional Social Difficulties).


Love from Meera xx
Hi Meera,

I have never heard of this being offered by colleges however it will not hurt to ask them what you can do in these circumstances.
Edit: I have been thinking, this would be similar to the accommodation allowing students to take breaks. In this case, you would be allowed to walk out of class and then return when you feel able to.


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Re: Special Educational Needs - June 7th 2013, 06:51 AM

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We encourage students to be involved in decisions about their education through involvement in writing up their Individual Learning Plan (ILP)...
Even though not really directly related, if you feel that it would benefit you to have some "time-out" (which is used in the very responsible manner which you detail!), then I'm sure the SEN team would look into it with you.


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Re: Special Educational Needs - June 7th 2013, 05:30 PM

In most cases in college/university professors are fine if you need to leave class for a minute and come back in as long as you're not disturbing anyone else. You could always notify them ahead of time as well, and situate yourself in the classroom so that you make as little disruption as possible if you do leave. For tests and things typically the need for breaks is recognized.


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Re: Special Educational Needs - June 7th 2013, 07:22 PM

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In most cases in college/university professors are fine if you need to leave class for a minute and come back in as long as you're not disturbing anyone else. You could always notify them ahead of time as well, and situate yourself in the classroom so that you make as little disruption as possible if you do leave. For tests and things typically the need for breaks is recognized.

Thank you Stacey for your reply. In all my GCSEs exams I have had rest breaks because of my mental health issues.


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Re: Special Educational Needs - June 15th 2013, 03:58 PM

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Re: Special Educational Needs - June 16th 2013, 01:58 AM

Hey so I replied but i sent it as a PM instead because i get accommodations at my university and my reply was pretty long so yeah




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Re: Special Educational Needs - June 16th 2013, 06:47 AM

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Hey so I replied but i sent it as a PM instead because i get accommodations at my university and my reply was pretty long so yeah
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