Experts for autistic spectrum(9 Posts)
I think the ideal route would be a multidisciplinary assessment by paediatrician/psychiatrist and psychologist. SaL and OT might be helpful if these are areas that concern you, but in my experience they're not always part of an initial work-up. Have you spoken to your GP to request referral for assessment, or would you prefer to be seen privately? I'm afraid I've no idea about insurance and private assessments.
May be worth contacting the National Autistic Society to see if they can recommend anyone.
You could try Dr Richard Soppitt in Kent.
Might be worth having a read of this... Just useful... www.autism.org.uk/about-autism/all-about-diagnosis.aspx
Getting a diagnosis is the key... With that follows assessment... Your lea will find it difficult to refuse assessment if a highly experienced specialist diagnosis your child... We used the following but there are others... Get in touch if you want a list... There are a few to choose from so ask around.
Took her 60 minutes to do the standard tests... Wrote a detailed report and that kicked started the assessment process... Almost overnight... Many families wait weeks or months... As much as I love the nhs the wait can be very long... Which can delay provision...
Once you have dx make the request for statutory assessment... EA 1996 s329.
I would not commission any reports,... Unless you think there are very good reasons to spend money on reports that might not be needed immediately... I can give you our experts list if you pm me...
Start by looking at these guys... But from experience I have a list...
The SEN tango is complex... For example... If you spend lots of money on lots of reports before the assessment... The lea may assess but propose a statement with less provision than what your experts suggested... It's often at the appeal stage you get all the reports... However, all the strategy depends on who your lea are and what you want for your child.
The risk with paying for all the reports up front is that the lea don't make the necessary provision resulting in the need for an appeal... By which time once your case is listed... 6 months from appeal... Your reports will be out of date POSSIBLY requiring new reports... I.e more costs... It's all a big game...
Speak to a lot of parents... I'm sure you'll get all the answers... Most people on here are really helpful.
If you want more information then get in touch. Good luck and a happy new year... Best wishes Manish.
Could you please tell me who your Solicitor was at your daughter's tribunal? How much did your Tribunal cost? How much did all the special reports cost ( if you can please list all professional used such as ot/slt/paeds/ed pysh etc) and how much was legal fee?
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