Case study: Farley Staines
Wednesday 23 May 2012
Seven-year-old Farley Staines became moderately deaf as a side effect of the chemotherapy he underwent to battle liver cancer, aged three and a half.
His mother Nicola is concerned that he may lose his specialist support after their local council - Richmond Council - asked its schools to pay for specialist services for deaf children which were previously provided free of charge.
She said: “Farley is moderately deaf which means he can’t hear certain sounds, and needs to wear hearing aids.
Farley started junior school last September. Until then, when he was in his infant school, Farley had been supported by his sensory advisor once every six months and had been using a soundfield system in his classroom to hear what teachers and other children were saying. His sensory advisor would monitor his progress and advise his classroom teachers on how to best teach Farley so he could access the curriculum. Because of this support, Farley was doing well.
Since he’s been at junior school, Farley has only seen his sensory advisor once. His latest reports show that his academic performance has deteriorated, particularly in maths. We were surprised as despite everything he’s been through he managed to catch up and even get ahead in maths. When I asked the school for some extra support for Farley and also asked whether the loan they currently have on the classroom soundfield will be renewed, I was told that the school doesn’t have budget for specialist support for children like Farley.
I am worried that Farley will fall even more behind without this vital specialist support.
The support that his Sensory Advisor and other professionals like audiologist and Speech and Language Therapist provided to Farley and me was a life line.
I am thinking of applying for a statement of special educational needs for him so that I can ensure he receives the support he needs.
Newcastle winger is in Argentina having chemotherapy
Returning to the stage after 20 years makes actress feel 'nauseous'
- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 Grandmas keep accidentally tagging themselves as Grandmaster Flash on Facebook
- 4 Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
- 5 Kanye West halts concert after two fans don't stand up - doesn't realise one is in wheelchair and the other disabled
Islamic State: Pope is 'being targeted by Isis', Iraqi ambassador to the Holy See warns
Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton nude pictures exhibition cancelled after artist concedes photos were 'stolen property'
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
John Travolta addresses former pilot's gay romance allegations publicly for the first time: 'That was the lowest I'd ever felt'
Richard III: Two years after his body was found scientists discover how he died
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
This is an unpaid voluntary role.: Cancer Research UK: We need motivational vo...
£50 - £85 per day: Randstad Education Preston: Rapidly developing and growing ...
£1034496 - £1516224 per annum: Randstad Education Cambridge: The Job:Randstad ...
£85 - £140 per day: Randstad Education Preston: Randstad Education are urgentl...