FOP doesn’t affect the person’s intelligence or cognitive abilities. However, living with an ultra-rare condition such as FOP does bring challenges most people can never imagine, and considerations do need to be taken into account to ensure the best school experience possible. Young people with FOP leave high school with a number of qualifications, and many people with FOP go on to have rewarding and fulfilling careers.
As a teacher it can be understandably frightening and overwhelming to be informed there will be a child with FOP in your class. In order to support teachers and educational practitioners, we published the book‘Supporting a Child with FOP: a practical guide to their learning experience’. The book was written by two experienced teachers, to offer clear information and advice. There is also space in the back of the book to personalise it to meet the specific needs of the child, and to record any adaptations or information that is personal to that child. It can then serve as an ongoing guide and passed through the school as the child moves through the years.
FOP Friends is happy to speak with any educational setting to answer questions or provide further advice or guidelines to ensure the child with FOP reaches their potential and is able to access the same high-quality educational experiences as their peers.
The IFOPA has produced a short video, which is ideal to share with classes, that explains a little bit about FOP. It is also useful to share with all classes to highlight the importance of accepting everyone and celebrating differences.
Applying for an Education, Health, and Care Plan (EHCP)
Special Needs Jungle, is a parent-led website that provides resources and informed opinions about children and young people who have additional needs. Their website offers a wealth of specialist advice covering most aspects of the special needs process.
They have produced, in conjunction with the Department for Education, a series of flowcharts to help parents and carers navigate the complex process of gaining an EHCP for their child with FOP. Click on the imageto download the charts.
Witherslack Group: Resources for Parents and Carers
The Witherslack Group is a group of schools for children with additional needs, who have produced a range of excellent resources to support parents and carers navigate the journey of SEN. Resources are free to download and they also provide webinars and training for parents, carers and professionals.
IPSEA: Independent Parental Special Education Advice
“IPSEA offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
By law, children with SEND are entitled to educational support that meets their individual needs. Since IPSEA was formed in 1983, they have helped to improve educational support for thousands of children with all kinds of SEND. They do this by providing free and independent legally-based information, advice and casework support.”
Cerebra: Education in England and Education in Wales guides
Cerebra is a charity which support children with brain disorders. However, they have produced some excellent resources for parents and carers to offer advice and guidance, and want to know how to get help for their child at school.
These guides are free to download from their website.
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