Dot - Interview 9
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Dot, a former social worker, is now a full time carer and lives with her son aged 15. Ethnic background/nationality: White British.
Brief outline:Dot’s son Joe was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome when he was 7 years old. He attends a specialist Asperger Unit which is on the site of a mainstream secondary school and he is getting on very well.
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All the legislation talks about partnership with schools, but a lot of teachers I spoke to saw it as interference. Partnership seemed to be if you agreed with what the teachers were saying but if you gave them work, if you like, if you said to them for example, “I want a home school book. I need to know what is happening in school. Is he learning anything? Have there been any incidents?” it’s another job. Now teachers who want to help you are like gold and you know, and Joe was lucky, he had a couple of teachers who were like that. But you are never safe because when they move the next year you don’t know what that teachers going to be like. Some people, some teaches have been trained for years, some teachers have been trained for a short time. You can’t go by that. It is attitude. It is will they work with you? Will they work with the child? It is not even class sizes because we have got people who … here it is rural, we have got people who are in very small village schools who still can’t get any help, even when they are small class sizes because basically they don’t like the behaviour of the child and they can’t see past the behaviour of the child.
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