My ds was referred by school for an ASD diagnosis when he was in year 4. He is now in year 5 and about to sit his 11+ this September (start of yr 6). Due to the snail pace of the system - and initial unwillingness of the paeds to give a diagnosis, we have gone private and he is going thru assessment over the summer. He was also seen by CAMHS for anxiety and they are also doing a neuro ASD assessment at the end of the summer. . As we have missed the deadline to apply for access arrangements, would it be reasonable if , as I suspect, he gets the Aspergers diagnosis around the same time as a borderline 11+ result? He is bright, but struggles with distractibility and social cues.
Would love advice on this too and also on choices for secondary school if your DC is mildly on the spectrum (which one of ours is).
Like you@WeakandWobbly we have been slowly funnelled towards diagnosis but so far nothing clear cut.
I keep wondering if private is better (more focused attention, potentially better teaching, smaller classes etc = less overwhelm) or if state provision would be better because they do have dedicated SEN staff and money allocated. State schools also have a greater range of autistic children and may therefore have better understanding and knowledge than private?
Sorry for hijacking thread, I should start my own.
Hi I've decided to wait for all of the results. Just FYI we tried the private school route when ds was younger. Didn't work, because smaller class sizes and focused attention made him "stand out" more than in the state school where he is now. The local comp has great SEN, so he does have that option....
Given he was referred to CAHMS for anxiety, do you think the more competitive environment of an academically selective school would be the best environment for his secondary education? (Realise other issues may be the source of his anxiety.)
My DN has ASD and did the 11+. He didn't get more time. He got a separate room so he wasn't distracted by others and he got a 5 min break between sections of the paper where they stopped the clock. Definitely try to sort something out. The structure and discipline of grammar really suits DN.
As your diagnosis is likely to come after the deadline you are completely justified in applying “late”. Grammars are legally obliged to consider late applicants so they certainly have to accommodate late SEN requirements. I reckon you will have better chances either way a) you apply late and are granted extra time etc or b) you are refused but would have a better chance on appeal. Not sure if you can appeal on the Sen unless you have applied for accommodations (been refused) and sat the test and then put the school on the CAF - but the elevenplusforum people will be able to advise
I put a request into my local school admissions, explaining the situation and they have kindly pushed his date to sit the 11+ exam back by 1 month, so that I have time to get the Ed Psych reports in for the adjustments. Really pleased. So tartanterror - I looks like we will be "late applicants" anyway!