Commentary Commentary on ‘Residential schools for children with learning disabilities in England: recent research and issues for future provision’ Jan Seamer Mother to a 23-year-old son with severe learning disability and behaviours which are described as challenging Sadly, my son experienced exclusion from both his be able to manage him at home for very much local special school and his residential special school longer. However, although it was relentless, I knew and became the victim of abuse. So I concur with how to meet his needs. I knew that keeping him busy everything that Peter McGill identifies as pivotal in was key, and that to enable him to take an after- making a difference to people’s lives and futures. lunch siesta made an enormous difference to his It disappoints me that an article needs to be written ability to cope with the day. The school could not in 2008 about the widespread use of residential meet this need. schools. It is a scandal that we take children with He was excluded from respite care, too, but I was learning disabilities from their families and fortunate. There was still a small NHS unit providing communities, rather than provide appropriate local
Tizard Learning Disability Review – Emerald Publishing
Published: Dec 1, 2008
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