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Pathlight School or other mainstream school?

Postby DesertWind » Tue Oct 22, 2013 9:35 pm

Dear mummies & daddies,

Any parent willing to share how you came to a decision whether to put your kids into Pathlight School or into a mainstream school?

This school is specifically for kids diagnosed with ASD and they have quite a stringent criteria for selection of students for admission.

I feel that during these recent couple of years, things seem to have changed for Pathlight School and the perception about the school, especially given the recent publicity on their PSLE results.

However, I believe it is still quite a struggle and tough question for parents who are faced with having to make this decision.

Any comments will be helpful.

Thanks!

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Re: Pathlight School or other mainstream school?

Postby matrix0405 » Fri Nov 08, 2013 1:54 pm

Any student from Pathlight make it to Poly or ITE?

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Re: Pathlight School or other mainstream school?

Postby CHEERS LS » Sat Nov 23, 2013 5:24 pm

Dear Desertwind,

There are pros and cons putting your child in Pathlight and mainstream.

For Pathlight, the pros are that your child gets specialised attention. There are 2 teachers in a classroom of 8-12 students (Primary track). Your child will also feel relatively secured as the school is well-run with a supportive system, good teachers and clear structure. The cons are that you child may miss out of the 'real' social setting in the mainstream school and finds it difficult to integrate with other children. To counter this, PL has a collaborative approach with Townsville Pri and other primary schools. The children meet during one of their lunch period per week to have lunch or play games together.

For Mainstream school, a usual comment is that there are cases of bullying as your child is different in the way he/she interact with others. For children with mild autism, this is not a big issue. They will still be able to adapt over the years despite the initial years of adjustment. For many of them, as they grow older, their issues gets less pronounced and they integrate better in the society. In terms of curriculum, Literature or English essay writing may be a struggle for them as they find it difficult to take perspective. You will have to liaise closely with the school counsellor or allied educator through the years.

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Re: Pathlight School or other mainstream school?

Postby CHEERS LS » Sat Nov 23, 2013 5:25 pm

matrix0405 wrote:Any student from Pathlight make it to Poly or ITE?


Yes, PL has a vocational track and a secondary school track. There are students who have graduated and are in Poly or ITE now.

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Re: Pathlight School or other mainstream school?

Postby JWL » Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:34 am

hi

Pathlight or mainstream school depends very much on your child and the kind of support that he needs.

My boy is ASD and we decided on Pathlight after years of observation of how he learns and the environment most apt and beneficial for his development.

He will be in Pathlight for P1 next year. Trying to find parents of kiddies gg there as well. Maybe we can form a parent support group ? Anyone interested :snuggles: ?

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Re: Pathlight School or other mainstream school?

Postby DesertWind » Sun Jan 05, 2014 10:11 pm

CHEERS LS wrote:Dear Desertwind,

There are pros and cons putting your child in Pathlight and mainstream.

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Thank you very much for your helpful reply, Cheers LS!
PL would be a safe haven for those kids who may otherwise have stand out a bit too much from the other kids in mainstream school. And for those kids who need a bit more help and support compared to what is available in mainstream. It sounds like an ideal class-size arrangement and support to me, other than the fact that the kid would need a diagnosis, tons of paperwork to file and a school assessment to get in... :shrug:

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Re: Pathlight School or other mainstream school?

Postby DesertWind » Sun Jan 05, 2014 10:20 pm

JWL wrote:hi, Pathlight or mainstream school depends very much on your child and the kind of support that he needs. My boy is ASD and we decided on Pathlight after years of observation of how he learns and the environment most apt and beneficial for his development. He will be in Pathlight for P1 next year. ...


Hi JWL, :smile:

Thank you very much for replying to me! I really like what you said about how "after years of observation of how he learns and the environment most apt and beneficial for his development". It helped me a lot!

Yes, by now (6 yos) we should have enough years to observe and should have an idea of what work best for our boys.

For us, we have tried childcare centre, private early-intervention centre, large mainstream kindy, small mainstream kindy, private one-to-one sped tuition, KKH ST and OT, private ST and OT etc... Those that did not work out got weeded out.

At the moment, our first choice for my boy is still Pathlight since we would want to get maximum help for my boy for the next 6 years of primary school.

Currently we are in the queue for school assessment at PL and hope that my boy would get an offer for P1 in 2015.

All the best to your boy in starting P1!
:celebrate:

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Re: Pathlight School or other mainstream school?

Postby CHEERS LS » Sun Jun 29, 2014 10:33 am

Hi everyone, read this article on Straits Times yesterday.

ACS plans to start Special School - Pilot Programme for Autistic Children next year.

http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singap ... l-20140628

Wonder if it will provide primary and secondary programmes like Pathlight...
What do you think?

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Re: Pathlight School or other mainstream school?

Postby DesertWind » Sun Jul 27, 2014 9:40 pm

Dear all,

Thought to let you know that after agonising for so long and tons of money to get the paperwork done, my boy did not clear the Pathlight assessment.

On the day of the assessment, the minute he reached the classroom with about 6 kids there with him, he cried and scream "don't want"! Can hear him all the way down at the canteen. Din stop for at least half-an-hour. At the end he calmed down and was one of the first to be returned to the auditorium where the parents were waiting.

So at the end of the day, we don't have much choice at all. Indeed those kids who managed to get an offer from Pathlight School are really blessed. Because it means they are in a safe environment with maximum support and small class size. Not least because they have cleared the stringent assessment by the PL committee and deemed to be suitable for mainstream education.

For those kids who did not get an offer from Pathlight (like my kid), well, we just have to move on and no looking back. Just like we did not take "no" for an answer in the past, be it from the kindergarten/principals/teachers/PD etc., likewise this "set back" will not get us down.

My boy has come through a long way and he will continue to make it.

Take care all!

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Re: Pathlight School or other mainstream school?

Postby Integer » Sun Jul 27, 2014 10:15 pm

DesertWind wrote:Dear all,

Thought to let you know that after agonising for so long and tons of money to get the paperwork done, my boy did not clear the Pathlight assessment.

On the day of the assessment, the minute he reached the classroom with about 6 kids there with him, he cried and scream "don't want"! Can hear him all the way down at the canteen. Din stop for at least half-an-hour. At the end he calmed down and was one of the first to be returned to the auditorium where the parents were waiting.

So at the end of the day, we don't have much choice at all. Indeed those kids who managed to get an offer from Pathlight School are really blessed. Because it means they are in a safe environment with maximum support and small class size. Not least because they have cleared the stringent assessment by the PL committee and deemed to be suitable for mainstream education.

For those kids who did not get an offer from Pathlight (like my kid), well, we just have to move on and no looking back. Just like we did not take "no" for an answer in the past, be it from the kindergarten/principals/teachers/PD etc., likewise this "set back" will not get us down.

My boy has come through a long way and he will continue to make it.

Take care all!

Jiayou!

You take care too, Desertwind. :hugs:

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