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I posted in education but didn't get many replies so-
I have an appointment with the educational psychologist next week re one of my dc. He is at nursery and is speech delayed-had a course with speech therapy. There have also been some issues with toilet training so nursery asked for him to be assessed.
I was told that by law they have to inform my hv-fine but don't see what she could contribute as not seen my dc since he was 1. I was then informed she will be attending the meeting-again I fail to understand why.
Now I have come to 2 messages from her basically demanding I phone her back or she will come round!
Can she do this? I don't particularly want to see her as I don't see the need. I am not concerned about my dc btw-even the nursery has conceded his speech is vastly improved.
What should I say if she calls again?<needs a backbone>
I am of the opposite view, if your child has speech delay and they are offering a sen placement, he will benefit hugely from this and then if he progresses will be returned to mainstream. I have found that is the case that as soon as there is any improvement they usually get fired back into mainstream, and if there is no improvement he is already getting the best help. It is better this way than no he is fine then come the more difficult and structured years as school gets on you suddenly find yourself trying to get him placed in a special school and no one will listed to you. also if the assessments don't find anything there is no problem they will just discharge him from their services. How can the find sen that aren't there. So there is no harm to having the assessments done. as either they find something, good it been found early or they find nothing , you were right and they will discharge you from their services. If there is no sen they wont find anything if there is better to find out now before you refuse the sen placement. and mainstream with the right support in place is great, but is often the last thing that happens, again at the signs progress it is often removed. They actually want to help you, that is so rare. yes they can be patronising but that will be a side effect of their main objective which is to help your child.
asking for a proper standardised speech assessment would be a good thing - like the reynell, picture vocab test etc. a proper standardised assessment can give good evaluation of where you DS is at . which, if any, areas are a problem. if it is just about understanding him then that is traightforward speech therapy on speech prodcution. . would be good for you to ask for that.
also a general developmental assessment like ABC movement battery, griffiths or bayley scale - these are proper standardised assessments and can give a good indication of issues or not. they will give better information thaan an observing type assessment. if there are issues over attending for a test then school can work on attention etc.
ask for proper standardised assesmments to be done. it will only benefit DS. as you know if older child has SEN.
it is actually really good they stepping n to assess your child - some people ahve to fight for that! if they find he doesnt need any help they will be sure not to give it...if they do give help where it "not needed" how much harm would that be? hard to see how it would damage him in any way. therapists will soon move him on if he achieving...