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Is it worth complaining about crap SALT assessment?

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Sparkletastic Mon 13-Jun-16 10:46:46

DD is 10 and has Band B statement, mild hearing impairment and congenital hypothyroidism. We've struggled to get any SALT provision since we first got her statement when she was 3. Following some assessments by Ed Psych and Sensory Needs Service the SENCO managed to get her a referral for an up-to-date assessment by SALT.

SALT carried out CELF 4 evaluation of language and DD got below the standard score in 3 out of 4 tests. Only one point below lowest standard score, but below it nonetheless.

Report says DD doesn't need any further support and no SALT outcomes need to go in her EHCP when she gets moved to it this year. Report also contains a lot of what I consider to be irrelevant opinions on DD's health condition and hearing that I don't believe the SALT is qualified to give.

She was extremely patronising when I spoke to her on the phone and dismissed my suggestion that DD might benefit from private SALT and that we were prepared to pay for it.

I'm really worried that this will give the LEA ammo to reduce DD's provision when she moves to EHCP and, more importantly, that DD does need help with her speech but because the bar is set so high for intervention she won't get any. School try their best but it is sporadic and input from an unqualified TA.

Is it worth complaining about the report, getting a second opinion, or just cracking on and sorting out private SALT? Any advice very gratefully received.

zzzzz Mon 13-Jun-16 11:13:36

Well it depends what you want from THIS salt going forward.

I would write saying the report didn't cover the points that you feel are relevant and that you are concerned that summaries of medical conditions might be used rather than people using the reports from her consultants, so please could she remove (quote relevant passages) and expand or explain in more detail (relevant passages). Also as discussed in the meeting you are looking in to getting SALT privately, could she advise what areas would've good to work on so you can ask pertinent questions of potential therapists. wink

Sparkletastic Mon 13-Jun-16 11:18:42

That's great advice thank you zzzzz

I have pretty much given up on the idea of an LEA SALT getting involved but I worried about the impact her rambling and irrelevant report might have on DD's statement / EHCP.

I will ask for an amended report that contains more about SALT and less of her views on DD's hearing aids, tiredness levels etc confused

youarenotkiddingme Mon 13-Jun-16 13:58:30

Sorry to hear the report was crap and missed the point - sadly not surprised though. If you can afford a private review I'd go for it as yiu can use the report during transfer.

That's great advice zzzzz and can be applied to most professional reports received by a lot of parents.

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