In recent months, the Afasic helpline has heard from a number of parents who have been offered a place in a language unit for their child, or had a language unit suggested as a suitable placement, but would rather their child went to or stayed in mainstream.
It’s not so long ago that Afasic members, local groups and other parents were working hard to get language units set up across the country, and by and large, they provide a good model of support for children with severe speech and language impairments, offering the specialist support they need in a mainstream context.
It is possible, though not easy, for mainstream schools to provide an equivalent package of support and some do an excellent job, but many still do not. So why would parents prefer a mainstream school over purpose-designed provision? What have they got against language units?