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OMG! The LA agreed! :-)

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silverfrog Tue 02-Aug-11 14:29:14

well, there you go.

LA has agreed to our choice of school for dd1, from september. No arguments, no delays.

So, out of one ABA school, with 3 weeks notice, and into another, seamlessly.

I am actually lost for words. and might cry.


coff33pot Tue 02-Aug-11 14:34:30

grin Wow! Thats really great news! (and rare grin )

Really please for you and dd! x

AlysWho Tue 02-Aug-11 14:35:29

YIPPEE!! Well done you. I know that feeling well! I got DD into SS of choice at easter, and I still well -up (with relief and gratitude) everytime I go in the place.. xxx

silverfrog Tue 02-Aug-11 14:51:51

thank you

am still grining. never thought it would happen twice - we were lucky enough last year when they agreed to ABA school (not without usual LA shenannigans, but they settled well before tribunal in the end)

and then when we found out that that utterly brilliant school was closing we (understandably) were apprehensive about what would happen.

for the LA to agree again that dd1 shoudl be in an ABA school is fantastic. amazingly brilliant. (and of course lucky that there was another school, with a place!)

so, dd1 starts there is September. need to get cracking with the name tags now - got dd2's to do as well as she starts reception in september too!

drivemecrazy63 Tue 02-Aug-11 14:53:06

well done and good luck to little frog hope its a great move , negotiating with the LEA is no mean feat

BialystockandBloom Tue 02-Aug-11 14:54:35

Oh how fantastic! smile

So pleased for you and dd1.

Maybe they just couldn't face the thought of you at a tribunal again grin

appropriatelytrained Tue 02-Aug-11 14:56:37

My God - well done you! Where is that LA?

BrigadeOfLannisters Tue 02-Aug-11 15:08:41

Oh that is marvellous, well done!

silverfrog Tue 02-Aug-11 15:21:16

Bialy - maybe grin

tbh, we went in hard and fast - right from the start contact was via our solicitors, and we had the same team lined up (and made sure the LA knew it) as we had last year when our case was, as our ABA cons and EP (notoriously anti ABA) put it "as strong an argument as we have ever seen for needing an ABA school".

AT - Surrey. not known for it's ABA friendliness, although they are not entirely ant either. the biggest hurdle is avoiding their own "flagship" ASD provisions.

we have not been without our fights though, and arrived where we are via 3 house moves, abandoning a hopeless LA mid-statement, and by leaving dd1 in a so-called excellent provision, approved and funded by Surrey, where she was written off as unable to learn, was entirely mute for the whole time she was there, and where we were told we were unrealisitc in our expectations of wanting proof that dd1 was actually learning anyhting, as we "might have to accept that dd1 will never learn anythign at school" shock - this said by the head teacher of said amazing establishment... dd1 was there for just over a year, and regressed awfully while she was there. it was a horrid, horrid time for us all, and the only way I could keep her there was with the thought that each day she was regressing there, and being seen as unteachable, nd not achieving the woefully easy targets on her IEP that did not change over the entore year, depsite her not being "able" to achieve them, was another small link forged in our argument.

and now we can (sort of) relax again for a bit. dd1 is looking forward to her new school (she has already been and seen it, and had an assessment), although I am sure we will have a few weeks of upset when she realises she really is not going back to her old school.

sickofsocalledexperts Tue 02-Aug-11 15:22:48

So pleased for you!!!!!

hannahsmummsy Tue 02-Aug-11 15:23:45

are you the lady who dd specialist school has closed?????? Im just so over the moon for you and dd, as I am going through a phase of uncertancy for my dd education in sep and know what the lea can be like . it must be a weight off your shoulders xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxwell done for sticking to you guns xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

electra Tue 02-Aug-11 15:24:35

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silverfrog Tue 02-Aug-11 15:29:40

thanks again smile

hannah: yes, that's me. we had 3 weeks notice before the end of term that the school was going to close. panic does not even come close to what we went through! I hope everythign works out for you and your dd too.

sosce and electra: it is nice to know that ABA can still be won. we were expecting a fight, tbh, with the enforced opening of the statement and all, but obviously very thankful that its not necessary!

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Tue 02-Aug-11 16:01:26

fab news silverfrog, what a relief!

TheTimeTravellersWife Tue 02-Aug-11 16:09:03

That's great news! Congratulations to you and well done on finding tactics that work. Surrey don't have a particularly good reputation for SEN provision, which makes it even more of a victory!

hannahsmummsy Tue 02-Aug-11 16:44:02

what is ABA ???

blueShark Tue 02-Aug-11 16:52:58

Well done, so pleased for you, at least you can enjoy a month of summer holidays now.

I may consider moving nearby, which LA is it? Its south west London if I remember right..

EllenJaneisnotmyname Tue 02-Aug-11 17:42:32

That is good news! Really pleased for you. Hopefully your DD's transition will be as smooth. smile

justaboutWILLfinishherthesis Tue 02-Aug-11 18:43:58

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signandsmile Tue 02-Aug-11 19:09:32

wow, fantastic news, grin

ArthurPewty Tue 02-Aug-11 21:30:50

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IndigoBell Tue 02-Aug-11 22:16:57

Brilliant! grin

Hope you can now enjoy the rest of the holidays......

Claw3 Tue 02-Aug-11 22:52:47

Well done Silver, brilliant news smile

StarlightMcKenzie Wed 03-Aug-11 00:24:15

Oh Thank Goodness! You played it right, and you worked hard. She also DID have ABA written into her statement now so that must have helped.

I'm scared to ask, but is this going to mean uprooting again for your family?

Hannah ABA stands for Applied Behavioural Analysis. A method of teaching the child in tiny steps keeping it as enjoyable and motivating as possible and keeping detailed data to try to elicit optimal outcomes.

silverfrog Wed 03-Aug-11 08:52:19

Thanks everyone. The relief is enormous.

Hannah - as Star says, ABA is a method of teaching, based on tiny little steps which build up to whole tasks. It is completely child centred, and individually tailored to each child.

Star: weeeellll, you see, that is was the problem. dd1's statement does not mention ABA AT ALL shock. we got to tribunal stage last year, following years of delays, and then the LA offered to settle and name previous school, on the basis we did not appeal her statement. they had reverted to their original waffley-bollocks draft. whilst not entirely happy with this prospect, we decided to settle for the right school being named, as it then did not matter what the statement said wrt SALT, OT etc, as the school would sort all that out. obviously what we did not factor in was the school closing, especially so soon (only a year after it was named in her statement) - leaving us with a typical LA written statement, woolly, full of holes, with absolutely nothing qualified or quantified, let alone mention of ABA.... nightmare situation.

BUT - I have just signed the acceptance form from the LA, saying we accept that new school is where we want her to be, and have no objections to her attending there. Thankfully it does not necessarily mean more upheaval - new school is same distance/time away, just in opposite direction to old school.

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