s any parent will tell you, one of the most important factors of any child\'s upbringing is education
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[ By: Bruno Sanchez-Andrade Nuño[/caption] As any parent will tell you, one of the most important factors of any child's upbringing is education. Even in a general sense, there are many considerations that must be made. When it comes to children who have mental or physical disadvantages however, their special education needs can make matters even more complicated. Many conditions -- cerebral palsy for example -- have a wide range of severity. It can be quite difficult to determine what's best for a child's education when they have special needs. However, most experts recommend the usage of an early support system in order to promote development even at a young age. With severe cases, a child will often need highly dedicated support. Special cerebral palsy schools, therapeutic input, personal teachers, and corresponding equipment are also common requirements. On the other hand, there are milder cases of many conditions -- even CP -- in which the child may be able to follow along with a traditional curriculum without much additional support.
The Statement Of Special Educational Needs
For children that have complex, severe needs that can't be accommodated by the resources of your average state school, the Statement of Special Educational Needs must be utilized. This can help ensure that the child can receive an adequate education. Additional support such as therapy, special placement, or teaching assistants can then be gathered, even in general school settings. A Statement is a document that has complete legal binding. Its contents can help establish the specific special education needs of your child, while also determined which educational provisions would best suit them. In general, the best school that can fulfill these provisions will also be named. Statements are generally divided into six parts. They are naturally immensely important documents given their aim to help children receive the exact degree of support they need. A Statement's provision absolutely must be delivered, and it's up the Local Authority to help see the matter through.
All schools must admit any student if they have any special educational needs in place. Even institutions which feel ill prepared to cater to the child's requirements can not refuse them. In general, this helps produce a more inclusive environment. The same must be delivered even for children who do not have a Statement given existing admission procedures which state that fair treatment is a necessity. It must be considered that children that do have Statements are afforded ultimately have more options however. If the parents have a school preference, they can suggest it in a Statement by name. Only in instances where the Local Authority feels the special needs of a child would not mesh with the education of the other students can a parental school preference be denied. In some cases, a specialist school will be necessary.
The Choice Of The Parent
Parents always have a right to express their preference of schools for their child. All of their reasoning will be fully accounted for. There are no rights that offer guarantees that their preference will be chosen however. In many instances, it will be clear which special requirements a child will need. Educational and health care professionals can also step in to help determine which school might be best for them. On the other hand, there are often disagreements between parents and authority figures within those industries over what type of school (and which school in particular) will be necessary. In instances with children that have mild to mid cerebral palsy, there are just as many possible choices on the table. It can prove very challenging to make sure the best possible educational path is taken. As a final word of comfort however: the vast majority of children are generally accepted into the school that the parents choose.