OT report - what's happens next at school

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changeitis Wed 11-Sep-19 21:49:14

DC will soon receive an OT report.

Fingers are too bendy. Torso too bendy. Nothing in extreme and very healthy child which is great. The combined co ordination of the bendy bits is causing an obvious discrepancy with writing work versus maths or reading ability. Dash assessments were done.

So when the OT sends the report, how likely is it that the school will take recommendations seriously? AND How long do recommendations last- extra time in tests for example ?

I feel great that I've pushed for help for my child but I am still wary with the lack of funding in state education.

Year 5.

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saraclara Wed 11-Sep-19 21:52:06

You're going to get so many different answers here, OP. Because it depends entirely on your local authority/academy/school and the finding they have. Not to mention how much interest they have in managing extra needs.

saraclara Wed 11-Sep-19 21:52:31


TeenPlusTwenties Wed 11-Sep-19 21:58:41

Extra time for GCSEs will have to be reassessed in y9.
(DD2 was assessed in y7, given extra time, and then reconfirmed in y9.)

re Primary. DD2's OT report recommended various exercises that were done with her by a TA at school, though that may be because DD came with PP+ funding.

You may like to think about getting him to learn to type if this is going to be an ongoing issue (though typing & maths don't go very well together.)

changeitis Wed 11-Sep-19 22:07:17

Typing is already under way but not using anything useful just tech generally.

Do parents provide laptops these days?

DC maths is great - working out written work is an ongoing issue!

But the written work is under capability of mind so to speak

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Kuponut Thu 12-Sep-19 07:32:59

Really does depend on the school and the area... and be warned it took 8 months and the SENCO hassling OT every single week and then every day for the report to actually materialise for my kid!

My daughter's younger and has a dyspraxia and low muscle tone diagnosis - our school are generally really good with SEN and the school tried to implement as much of the OT report as they could as soon as it arrived (we had caring cutlery provided within a week for school meals etc) but I had to fight the corner about typing because of my child being younger and somewhat capable of writing - it was when it began to completely demoralise her that I pushed the issue somewhat. In our case DD takes her ipad into school and uses that for a lot of her written work now - school have laptops but the teacher we had last year would have used any remote hassle going to avoid having to provide any provision and would never have gone to get a school laptop for her to use - so we insured her iPad, put it in as much protective casing as we could and she started using that with Clicker Docs (a primary-oriented word processor so much less in the way of buttons to press and fiddle with) and Snaptype Pro (where you can photograph a worksheet and tap to type on it) to do a lot of her work on - and that has continued into the following year so far (where we have the fantastic SENCO as the class teacher) as she's so well established working on it independently.

I've found it's not as much learning to type I've had to do with my child - but learning to do things like save files with a sensible file name and similar.

changeitis Thu 12-Sep-19 22:44:08

Thank you for replying kuponut

This is my fear. How does a state school fund a laptop??? They can't afford TA !

My friend said tonight during a phone catch up ( she doesn't have children and sometimes her straight thinking is much more concise without the constraints of being a parent of kids in state)

"Ask local charities for help"
And I will. Maybe round table or lions etc.

I've done lots of click bait (kids term!) research and feel more confident that I must make sure the laptop becomes NORMAL for DC in class because it seems that normal is the factor allowing it in test conditions.

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changeitis Thu 12-Sep-19 22:49:02

Gah. I have a "middle class" guilt that my DC doesn't have a tough life, his difficulties aren't disabling and there are many others with higher hurdles.

I got to thinking this 'ethos' is perpetuated by our state system.
DC is actually really smart. DC should be able to really contribute to our society because DC is blessed with brilliant maths and reading skills... but can't put them on paper so can't get exam results and then can't reach the potential ....

(lol. Can you tell I have had a couple of gin and tonic) high horse mother grin

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