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do you need a diagnosis to apply for a statement??

(7 Posts)
sleepyhorse Wed 31-Aug-11 17:16:55

Hi there ladies

DS1 is 3.3 yrs old and still not talking, we don't know what is wrong with him yet, he is still seeing a paed. She has ruled out classic autism and wants to take a "wait and see" approach as he is still young but as a parent am finding this frustrating as want to get as much help for him before he starts school next year. I know it can take a long time to get a statement so want to get the ball rolling. Any advice appreciated xxx

WetAugust Wed 31-Aug-11 18:16:36


The Statement is given to support specific behaviours / needs and not in response to any particular charateristics of a diagnosed condition / illness.

Apply away grin

Triggles Wed 31-Aug-11 18:53:52

No. We don't have an official diagnosis, and DS2 has a statement. He was 4yo when we applied and then finally got the statement. It took us about 8 months from paed referral to statement, which (from what I've been told) is actually pretty quick. I think the statement generally is expected to be about 6 months from application to finish, but not certain - I'm sure someone else on here will be able to tell you.

A LOT of the assistance and support that you can get does not need a diagnosis, so don't let the lack of an official diagnosis stop you from applying or asking for whatever support is needed.

cornsilksi Wed 31-Aug-11 19:31:34

no we have a statement and no dx - have been told by CAMHS that support is based on need and not dx

IndigoBell Wed 31-Aug-11 19:35:20

And it can be easier to get before you start school. So apply as early as you can smile

sleepyhorse Wed 31-Aug-11 20:29:50

Thanks ladies. And do I need to write a letter outlining my case or is it a standard application form that I need to fill in? Do most people get it that apply?

cornsilksi Wed 31-Aug-11 21:04:47

letter templates are on IPSEA

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