Hi. I'm new to this forum so I hope I get this right. I have an adopted daughter, been with us for 6.5 years (now age 7.5) with FASD (diagnosed). I am a single parent. I moved my daughter to a brand-new school in September 2013 as her then primary school was useless. This new school promised great things - small class sizes and focus on the individual child's achievements and learning. They have failed to deliver and we now have a class teacher who, because my daughter is compliant and personable at school, basically thinks I'm making up all her problems (she also has ADD, ADHD and Executive Function disorder). At home, I get the frustration from my daughter who can't / won't show it at school, and she bites, hits & scratches herself and gets hysterical because, as she says "my brain won't work properly and I'm stupid & rubbish". I've taken to videoing these incidents at home as the school doesn't believe me. they are now forcing my daughter to learn cursive script when she still can't remember how to print properly - her short-term memory is very damaged. I want to pull her out of school and home educator her but, as a single parent, I can't afford to not work. HELP! I am pretty much wrung out, exhausted, depressed and just about every other negative emotion you can think of. I cannot bear this fight with the education system for the next 11+ years. Any advice? Anyone got an amazing school that understands and supports FASD? I am so desperate that I would move to the opposite end of the country in order to get her somewhere she can be educated properly. I am currently living in Surrey. Thank you x
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