When I first went to mainstream school I really did struggle to cope there as I have Aspergers Syndrome. I didn’t get there at all because I acted differently to everyone else and couldn’t cope with the work that was given to me due to the condition I have. It became blatantly obvious that I needed to move to a Special School to get the special teaching that I needed to try to act a normal life and to help me with this I was moved to the Alpha unit at the Brier school where the teachers there can identify the special condition you have and can do something to help you. In my case I struggled to speak properly, therefore I had speech therapy to help me speak properly and to learn how to socialise properly with other people. I also struggled to understand what was going on around me and also with school subjects so I was given special help to help me understand these things that will stand me with a good chance of progressing in life.
Eventually I started to do the odd days at Mainstream School to see how far I had progressed at the Brier School. If there were areas or situations that I couldn’t cope with I would then go back to the Brier Alpha Unit where the staff there then helped me with those areas I needed to work on and to teach me how to deal with those situations I found tough to deal with, so the next time I went to mainstream school I could cope with these situations. Once I received all the support I needed I then returned to mainstream school for good and got on very well at The Crestwood Secondary School.
Without the help of teachers in the Alpha Unit I simply wouldn’t be where I am today. If I had originally stayed at mainstream school then the teachers there wouldn’t have given me this special help, which I so desperately needed at the time because there job is to teach able students who can learn without needing special help.
People like me have benefited from being in these Alpha Units and without it I would still be struggling in life today. Kids with CCD/ ASD need all the help they can get and that help is provided by Alpha Units. Closing Alpha Units like the Brier’s down will have a huge effect on these people because they then cannot then receive the special education that they need to live a life they want to live.