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CAHM'S coming to do a home visit

(15 Posts)
ShootingStarsss Sun 28-Apr-13 23:01:22

Dd was referred to Cahms by paediatrician, we got a letter yesterday with a date for a home visit, can anyone tell me what will happen at this visit? Will it be to meet dd and see her in her home setting etc?
I also have a couple of forms with questions on to fill out.

Hallybear79 Mon 29-Apr-13 10:14:00

We're just waiting to hear from them. How long did it take from seeing the paediatrician?

ShootingStarsss Mon 29-Apr-13 10:17:53

We saw the pead November last year, who then referred dd so bout 5 months and appointment is in couple of weeks, it can take a long time from what I have read.

Have you been given a referral to cahms?

I would ring camhs to double check they want dd at the firs app as we've had a few camhs sessions and they don't want to see my dd at all they just want to question me about her behaviour! Tbh I don't think they have any intention of seeing dd at all, s give them a ring to double check

Hallybear79 Mon 29-Apr-13 11:00:00

Gosh thats a long time! We saw the paediatrician 4 weeks ago & she refered my DS to CAMHs. I aked her what it entailed but it was the end of our appointment & was hurried along without giving us any details. She made another appointment for 4 months time for after our meeting with CAMHS so i kind of assumed it wouldn't be too long before we heard fom them.

ShootingStarsss Mon 29-Apr-13 13:53:11

It probably differs by area as well, I suppose it depends on how many referrals etc at that time, so you may still get yours earlier smile

Thank you I will call them, I have to call to confirm anyway, the appointment is in school time as well so maybe they don't want to see dd to.

Hallybear79 Mon 29-Apr-13 14:18:24

I've just received the letter from them, the appointment is in August shock it feels a lifetime away.

ShootingStarsss Mon 29-Apr-13 14:41:03

Blimey August, how strange we were talking about it and the letter arrives, great you have an appointment.

I called and our home visit is with dd she does need to be here.

Is yours a home visit hally?

Hallybear79 Mon 29-Apr-13 16:05:33

I know, I couldn't believe it when I opened the letter, I must have a sixth sense. I'm not sure if it's a home visit, I had to ring to confirm appointment & they said they would send me some more details in the post. I'll have to put back the paediatrician as well.

ShootingStarsss Mon 29-Apr-13 20:59:30

I think you do have sixth sense grin

Our letter stated home visit on it, I think it because we do have issues with dd at home, so probably to see dd in her home environment etc.

How old is your dc hally and what issues are you having?

Hallybear79 Mon 29-Apr-13 22:29:49

My DS is 5 & has symptoms/trait of aspergers, ADHD & dyspraxa. His behaviours tend to be worse in school but is becoming increasingly worse at home too. A lot of things were hidden under the persona of a 3 year old but now at the age he is, they stick out like a sore thumb. Whats your situation?

ShootingStarsss Mon 29-Apr-13 22:39:55

It's hard isn't it, although the older they get the more apparent it becomes.

Dd is 7, she has learning difficulties, dyslexia, possibly aspergers and ocd.

She struggles at school although since all the 1 to 1 lessons have been put in place she is moving along a bit more.

We do struggle at home with obsessiveness with clothes/items we also have meltdowns and huge anxiety.

Am waiting for all the reports from everyone to see what the outcome will be.

Although the paediatrician report had the above in it.

Hallybear79 Tue 30-Apr-13 21:43:20

I spoke to my boss today whose daughter has been assessed under CAMHs for 10 years & was finally dx 2 months ago. She said CAMHS have been brilliant & hve given so much support over the years & have helped her & her daughter a lot. I really hope they can do the same for us. I've always felt i've coped well over the years but now i feel like i'm losing control & really need help.

HotheadPaisan Tue 30-Apr-13 21:56:38

We have a psych from CAMHS coming to our house soon, we went to an appt there first but DS1 couldn't get in the car to go.

ShootingStarsss, DS1 sounds v similar to your DD but no LDs, as in IQ/cognitive impairment although clearly there are huge processing and understanding problems. This is a big sticking point in getting help here in terms of adequate respite and help with behavioural strategies.

His impulsiveness and volatility and variability is a big problem, as are some OCD behaviours. AS/HFA/PDA on its own is not enough to get through the various layers here even though it is utterly impossible at times.

We will look to medication, sertraline or fluoxetine, which we have already discussed with the psych, I can't watch DS1 continue to be as stressed and anxious as he is about simple things like going outside at the weekends.

I would call and ask them who is coming, what their role is and if they expect to see her. I spoke on the phone with the psych first just in case I couldn't tale in front of DS1. It has taken 18 months to finally get to a medical professional who can prescribe, not that we knew that was the direction this would go in. Good luck, get the contact details of whoever you see.

HotheadPaisan Tue 30-Apr-13 22:03:46

I just looked back - two years ago we were first referred to CAMHS by school, we have been all round the houses since but he was diagnosed fairly quickly after that by a paediatrican (six months), this was after problems since he was 3 though. There has been no ongoing support but I won't let him be discharged this time, they won't be able to if he's on medication I wouldn't have thought.

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