Of late, people I have been speaking to, have started to mention my son could be on the AS, especially with his difficulties around social interaction.
By the time I wait for GP to refer, get on waiting list and all the rest of it, he would have left school, I was told I could still get my GP to refer to an private pediatrician, however I would like to pinpoint someone specialising in this area.
This is all very new to me as the focus has only ever been his speech and language, so I am not so clued up on the top players in this area.
sorry a pead I think?? As I said this is all a bit new to me, but the person on the charity helpline said I need a pead that specializes in Autism as we need to get a diagnoses (assuming he meets the criteria)
Hidden...With that in mind, my local CAMHS are wonderfully unsupportive, so given the limited time I have, how does one go about all this. I was just reading on the GOSH website, that the referral should come from CAMHS, and that is not going to happen as they are in cahoots with the LEA, although they say in exceptional circumstances the GP can refer, maybe as he already has his statement for his Speech and Language and the limited time my son has, and the fact the school are not able to meet his needs (although this is due to refusal to implement statement, rather than treatment not working)
Hang on...As this is for my appeal, does it matter if the LEA pay no mind to it? Surely it will be down to the judge to accept it or not?? I am not being cheeky I really am clueless when it comes to this area.
They didn't particularly accept, my EP assessment, but elements of it were order by the panel (albeit the parts that were cheap for the LA to fund...sods!)
I've used DK. Tribunal not til May so can't say how effective it will be there. Statement a bit (or rather, a lot) sniffy - put her report under 'parental evidence'. But good enough for the school (senco loves to quote it) and for EOTAS (DS1 out of school). Consultation is itself diagnostic so she doesn't carry out formal assessments. Also used Margo Sharp, specialist SALT who is authorised to use ADOS and DISCO. Cost ya though. PM me if you want copies.
From what I read here, Daphne Keen would be the person to go to, but the waiting list is quite big. I always recommend our fantastic SLT Jackie Harland, she has a lot of experience with autism and can give you thecright direction after initial assessment.