Utter bollocks. While my son has mod/severe learning diffs, several of my friends have children with high functioning ASD and VERY bright... and Statements..for their soc/emot/behavioural needs. Statements are NOT about IQ they are about needing additional support.
DOn't forget the SENCO is toeing the LEA line.... ignore and pursue the Statement!
Rubbish - my DD is bright and seems to be keeping on track academically so far- she is only five so it's early days but nevertheless. She has a diagnosis of ASD and is statemented for her social/communication needs (her expressive langugae is delayed and she needs a lot of support to enable her to practice direct interaction with her peers).
In a way there is some truth in what she is saying, in that an IQ of under 75 equates to a child with such severe learning difficulties/development delay a statement would be an absolute certainty. I know that was the case with my ds2, and that with him the process was pretty much done for me as there was never any question of him not getting a statement, as without one he wouldn't have been able to access education at all.
It is certainly not the be all and end all of obtaining a statement however, simply that it makes the process much easier. I have just received the proposed statement for my ds1. He has HFA, and I was told by every professional I came across that he would never be given a statement. Well I proved them wrong because I applied myself and got one. The process was more difficult, and I did the majority of the leg work myself, having to prove that his needs were extreme despite his intelligence. In fact his Gifted and Talented status was mentioned in his statement as it was considered that without additional support, this important part of his learning potential could be lost.
Go ahead and request Statutory Assessment yourself. Good luck.
Totally stills the Ed psych for dd said the same thing, the school has applied fir it due to dd social communication diff and speech and Lang delay, we have got approved to the next stage. Dd 4 is bright too