In-Between

 

  • CDK13 children commonly have moderate SEN (Special Educational Needs). In the UK, they often fall academically between normally developing children who thrive in Mainstream schools, and those deeply affected by autism or other syndromes and who benefit from Special education. 

  • The existing UK education system presents parents of the CDK13 children with a tough choice: to have their children struggle in a normal school, often with full time individual support and an individual SEN plan called EHCP (Education and Health Care Plan), 2-4 years behind their peers, albeit learning and making steady progress, - or - to place their children in a special needs school where learning self care and basic life skills is given priority over academics. This choice is often unsatisfactory.  

  • It is common that CDK13 children begin Primary School in the Mainstream setting, and transfer to a SEN Secondary school upon becoming 11 years old. Many parents express anxiety over this change. It is helpful to bear in mind that many children with moderate SEN make their transition from Mainstream to Special Education at the time of transition from Primary to Secondary School. As many more moderate needs children populate Special Education classrooms, the overall average level of special needs improves from severe to more moderate.