Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Seeing Him Laugh Is like a Lottery Win

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Seeing Him Laugh Is like a Lottery Win

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Byline: By Nicola Juncar

Moving your child from a mainstream school to a special school is not an easy decision. However one North East family found that for their autistic son it was the right decision. Nicola Juncar reports

The mum of an autistic boy has spoken about her family's difficult decision to move their son from a mainstream to a special school, in the hope it will help others in the same situation.

When John Hart moved from West Sleekburn Middle School to Bedlington High School, in Northumberland, more than a year ago he had extreme difficulties adjusting.

As well as being autistic, he has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and he became very aggressive and severely depressed.

Then just 14-years-old, he would punch walls and had to be rushed to hospital on one occasion after plummeting 15ft from a roof at his Bedlington home. He even tried to drown himself in front of his parents.

Although the family stress the high school had done nothing wrong, his parents became concerned he would continue to harm himself. They were also worried that he had not made friends and he was often seen standing in the corner of school corridors on his own.

Last September, they made the difficult decision to take him out of the high school to move him to Cleaswell Hill Special School, in Choppington.

However, it's not a decision they have regretted and they say John, now 15, has come on in leaps and bounds.

Mum Wendy, 39, said: "Moving your child from a mainstream school to a special school is not a decision you make lightly, but it was one we felt we had to do as we were so concerned for John's safety and wellbeing. Since being at Cleaswell, he's gone from being at the bottom to the top.

"He's doing fantastically. He enjoys going to school now and he comes home smiling, which was something he didn't do before. To see him laughing and joking is as good as winning the lottery for us.

"John was dubious about it at first, and so were we, but we haven't looked back since. …

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