Alternative provision for autistic young people

SENDCode is an innovative approach to supporting young autistic people to develop interpersonal, communication and independent living skills which will allow them to aspire to worthwhile careers in The Digital Economy.

Once upon a time James found he couldn't cope with all the noise, smells, rooms and numbers of people he was supposed to engage with at secondary school. All he wanted to do was play his computer game and talk to his friends online, with his headphones on to block out all the other noise. When he did this he felt relaxed but when he was forced to sit all day long in busy, noisy classrooms, with other children who didn't understand him whilst listening to adults talking about things that didn't interest him he would start to feel a growing sensation in his body, starting with his legs tingling then his stomach turning before he eventually felt like he wanted to scream or cry. He couldn't cry in front of others though so instead he would refuse to work or walk out of the room and sometimes he even threw things at other people. Because of this the school asked him not to come in for a few days. Because of that he felt too embarrassed to go back when he was eventually allowed, because he knew the school would still be the same and he didn't really fit in, until finally six weeks had gone by and he just couldn't face another school. If only somebody had let James be good at what he was good at.

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SENDCode

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The Shed

Chester Street

Manchester

M1 5GD

0161 5050 474