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Private OT assessments

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StayChilled Sat 14-Jul-12 11:07:21

My son is 16 and attends a Special Needs Secondary School. He has had a Statement from the beginning of his school years and in primary school he had an OT assessment and reports from the OT were submitted for his annual review. Since transferring to secondary school he has never had any direct input from the OT and no reports have been submitted. Parts 2 and 3 of his statement include "support and advice from an OT", and his needs have been specified and quantified, but the school take the view that this kind of provision is built into the school day. I get the impression that the OT acts as a consultant but is not directly involved with my son.

We have pointed out to the LA that they have a statutory duty to ensure that provision detailed in Part 3 of the statement is carried out. We are just wondering whether, in the meantime, we should seek out an independent OT assessment for our son, as my concern is that even if we get an OT assessment at the school, it may be tailored to suit the resources and staff available at the school, rather than addressing our son's needs.

We have been in touch with IPSEA, but I just wondered if any other members have had a similar experience and if so, we would be grateful for any advice.

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