We recently helped Oliver Mason, a young boy with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, secure a place at a school well placed to support his complex needs.
Oliver is 16 and his school was struggling to meet his increasing complex needs. In the few months before his mother, Lorna, got in touch with us, Oliver’s health had rapidly deteriorated and he was having great difficulty working and interacting with his classmates.
The lack of support with his increasingly complex health needs was putting his health at risk, and the situation was having a huge impact on his emotional well-being. This frustrating situation caused Oliver to have frequent angry outbursts, anxiety and low self-esteem.
What Oliver needed was greater specialist input and access to a flexible curriculum, which would be available to him at Penn School – the family’s school of choice. Here, he would have more support in the classroom, as well as in developing independent living and life skills. He would also have more support for his health needs from occupational therapists and physiotherapists.
Having this support would make a world of difference not only to Oliver’s health, but the goals he has for his future.
After Lorna got in touch with us, we contacted Buckinghamshire County Council to argue that a placement at Penn School was essential if Oliver’s complex needs were to be met. thortly after this, the Council got in touch to confirm that Oliver could take up his placement at Penn School.
Oliver and his mother were delighted to hear the news. Lorna said,
Don’t give up when you know it’s right.
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