My 12 year old son has been in mainstream secondary school for almost a year now, his tics have got worse, and he is having anxiety/panic attacks, he is also complaining of really bad stomach cramps. His social/emotional development and understanding of the world is of a 7 year old. He is finding it really difficult to cope at school as well as out of school. His school allow him to do tasks, such as using the electic saws in woodwork/using the oven in cookery classes, without 1:1 supervision (as a 12/13 year old would be in mainstream) would i let a 7 year old to this? No. I have been asked to attend school trips with him, because the last one he went on, turned out to be terrible both for my son and the teachers. He gets teased because of his tics, and because of his interests ie: Thomas the tank engine, or trains in general. I have been told the nearest special needs school would not benefit him and that he is not 'bad enough' to attend. HELP! i dont know what to do for the best. Should i keep him in mainstream school and help him battle through, OR should i fight to get him in the local special needs school.?