Meath

How Meath School helped our son catch up.

A blog from a Meath School parent.

Our son Max has been at Meath School now since June 2011 and I have to admit to not finding Meath School at all myself. Max’s fabulous LSA at his mainstream school was doing her PGCE and at every turn she asked if she could write about Max, and we always gave our consent. In researching difficulties with communication she found Meath School and she told us to look it up on the website.

We thank our lucky stars for her research as no-one we’ve ever met, not one of the speech and language therapists or any of the professionals, seems to know about Meath School. We have since told all our contacts about it and told them to visit. Whether it’ll make a difference or not I don’t know, but at least we are trying.

The assessment process for us was a little different as we had to stay with Max due to medical issues, but it was two days spent at Meath, and the report we got back was so comprehensive, so clear and so heartening in places and upsetting in others, but it gave us some great ammunition to use when we fought our borough. I think one of the nicest things was that the report gave us the language to express our gut feeling about why Max should be at Meath School.

Lastly I’d like to mention one of the loveliest things that one of Max’s teachers said to me when he first started at Meath. I was bemoaning the fact that it had taken us too long to find the school and I wished we’d found it at least a year earlier and her response was “don’t worry, we’ll catch up that year”. To say Max has come on in leaps and bounds is an understatement. To say he’s still got a way to go is I think stating the obvious, however, he is nearly ready for the next step – senior school, ready in a way I never thought would happen.

We look forward to his future.

For more information on I CAN’s Meath school go to www.meathschool.org.uk