Hi I am a mum of 4 children aged between 6-18years , my eldest son has ASD, Dyslexia , PDA and Sensory Processing Disorder. He attended mainstream school until year 4 , and had a good friendship group but one of his friends began to bully him and school did not deal with it appropriately and my son aged 9 was suicidal and had a breakdown. He came out of school, and at the same time we were getting his ASD diagnosis. Lots of health care professionals became involved. They had a TAC meeting and one of them said that many ASD children just about cope in mainstream school and then something like what happened to my son happens and they fall off the cliff edge and can never get back to the top. We got his diagnosis and after months off school, he attended an MLD school for 1.5 years which was really nurturing but the academic level was way below his- we have found that within the state special schools tend to mix children of all abilities and needs together.
After my son was bullied he experienced enuresis, severe TICs that could last 24hours, only sleeping 4/5 hours a night, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts - some of this has improved but he still has trouble sleeping and anxiety and mental health can still be fragile - his self esteem has never recovered either.