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Going to push for Statutory Assessment

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SallyBear Mon 29-Oct-12 09:22:35

DS4 is in a SS which costs the LA £35k pa. I am starting evidence gathering process for DS1 to start the Statutory Assessment process. I am dreading it, as I already have two dc with statements. DD gets 30hrs funded support per week. DS4 obviously fully funded due to his school. I have a good relationship with the SEN dept at the LA but I worry if I suddenly ambush them with this, whether this will all change and life will get significantly more difficult in terms of support for the other two. DS1 has AS, new dx of Dyslexia and is being assessed by another EP to see if there is anything else to be concerned about. We have requested another appointment with the paed who dx the Aspergers in 2008 to evaluate for possible Dyspraxia and to write a fresh report for the SA. Other than getting copies of the IEPs what else can I do?

claw4 Mon 29-Oct-12 10:00:48

Will your SA be based on lack of progress or that your ds will need more support than school can supply from within their own budget or both?

SallyBear Mon 29-Oct-12 10:09:31

DS is at an Academy. They really want him to go to Uni, but the dyslexia is a barrier that needs to be worked on. Their TAs are only for statemented children in reality so if he is in a class with DD then he can get some support, but not in all lessons. It's basically so that we can push to get TA support to help him with organisation, recording and reading of information etc. this is early days yet tbh claw and I am meeting the school next week to discuss what they can offer in terms of decent support for DS. Everyone says that verbally he is one of the brightest in his year, it just all falls apart when you get him to write about something. sad He wants to become an archaeologist and has since he was 7. He is in yr 8.

claw4 Mon 29-Oct-12 10:15:43

What help does he currently get for his writing?

SallyBear Mon 29-Oct-12 10:24:05

None sadly. They insist that he does handwriting practice once a month.... hmm
We are off to get him assessed by a Behavioural Optometrist hopefully to see if colourimetry helps him. Fingers crossed.

claw4 Mon 29-Oct-12 10:37:49

You could suggest a scribe and laptop for extended pieces of work and exams, both have been recommended for ds (he doesnt get either, but its worth a try, especially if you can get EP to agree)

Ds has also has a dx from eye specialist, they found he didnt have irlene syndrome ie colour overlay, but he did have Oculomotor deficiencies type 11, vision is good, but tracking is difficult, so might be worth bearing in mind.

SallyBear Mon 29-Oct-12 10:49:48

They are going to push for a scribe for exams, but I'm not sure about lessons at this stage. Seeing the school next week and then we will hope to discuss it in more detail.

claw4 Mon 29-Oct-12 10:58:51

I dont see how a scribe just for exams is going to help, he should use it exams IF this has become his usual way of recording info. So plenty of practise in the classroom, you cant expect a kid to know how to use a scribe or a laptop or whatever just for exams, without any practise.

Good luck next week smile

SallyBear Mon 29-Oct-12 11:07:11

The laptop is a difficult one. He has one at home but even after two years still struggles with working out where the keys are!! We've resorted to using dragon dictation app on the iPad and then editing it in apple pages. Seems to work. I'm sure that he will get TA support for scribing but not in all classes, as he doesn't have a statement. Big school of 1500 kids, statemented kids get TA priority. He's on SA+ and the LA have given me some old guff that schools will get an extra 20 hours pw funding for SEN. Great in a small school but not sure how that works when there are 350 kids in a year group!! Plus it's an Academy! hmm
Anyway, next week's meeting will hopefully be a bit more enlightening! But thank you for the info about the optometry stuff. This is all new to me. smile

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