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We conducted our interview with head prone on the sofa wearing shorts; charismatic and switched on with a finger in many pies. A hand’s on head who will turn his hand to anything. 'Jonny took my child to Twycross Zoo before they started as a getting to know you day, it really broke the ice.' A keen fisherman and often takes children to the lake at Vale Farm. ‘It’s amazing all the different subjects covered when catching a fish ...

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Since 2011 and the school's inception, Jonny Lakin. Sports science degree from Loughborough. Started out as a footballer playing professionally for Leicester City Academy before injury put paid to his career. Went to university instead, and post-degree planned to take a year out fishing and playing golf. Bored within two weeks so ended up in a local primary helping a child with autism, part time. Was a football coach as well but ‘got hooked by the autism thing'.

He then moved to an autism school, Maplewell Hall, and worked on autism outreach and summer play schemes for children with ASD. Before long thought there were better ways to do it, and decided to create his own service combining sport and autism, Aspire Lifestyle. Worked with ASD children who were out of...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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