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Independent therapists: who would you recommend?

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inappropriatelyemployed Wed 15-May-13 19:08:27

If you had to make a recommendation for any independent therapist/professional you had used during the SEN process, who would it be?

MareeeyaDoloures Fri 17-May-13 22:42:54

Taking the thread sideways a bit, I don't know what the Newport Uni's dyscovery centre are like at tribunal, but they do a good 'sort out' of the underlying problems. Bit like BIBIC but less 'alternative' so NHS use them too.

inappropriatelyemployed Thu 16-May-13 22:46:13

Caught out even...

inappropriatelyemployed Thu 16-May-13 22:45:57

My LA are nasty shits who pretend to be incompetent and befuddled when court out!!

rosielou678 Thu 16-May-13 20:20:40

Thanks. Yes, I've been told that even though my DS's Statement was finalised illegally (breaking both the Education Act and the SEN Code of Practice), the Tribunal won't be interested in this at all.

KeepOnKeepingOn1 Thu 16-May-13 19:36:30

Just be aware that the panel will want to resolve issues at hearing and so will be willing to accept all sorts of incompetence/shenanigans provided that everything is 'ok' on the date of the hearing. (Can you imagine if parents did that?)

rosielou678 Thu 16-May-13 19:21:58

My LA are incompetent with a extra large dash of stupidity.

In fact, they are so incompetent & stupid that when they tried to pull something that very obviously was a massive dirty trick from a vengeful in-house lawyer LA, they tripped themselves up several times (in writing) to a Tribunal judge who wasn't impressed at all.

KeepOnKeepingOn1 Thu 16-May-13 18:57:49

rosie - I went to tribunal with no WD. LA produced insufficient printed versions at the hearing but no electronic document. Assessments that hadn't been done for SA (SALT, OT) were only requested when it moved to the legal team. Is it really dirty tricks or incompetence (or both)?

ime they do both - Data Protection meant that we recieved copies of emails etc. Our legal rep would ask for electronic statement/WD and the internal email would say 'shall I send a paper copy?' But they resort to this crap because they have nothing else.

FS is wonderful with this sort of 'response'.

You only have to really worry if they are competent.


nostoppingme Thu 16-May-13 18:04:27

I will PM you Rosielou678 and like you, I so wish I had known about mumsnet special needs forum when I started out on my journey all those years ago and then the statementing process 14 months ago. Only discovered the group in my final stages of the process.

It would have saved me hours and hours and hours of research. I did it all on my own, nobody in real life to ask and in hindsight there were people who could have helped me but they didn't. I will never understand this wall of silence. I help anyone who comes to me or talks to me about their child who has SEN, I can't stay quiet.

Again like you, it is the experts reaction how my kid has been neglected big time by school and LA, that I knew I would get what I set out to achieve.

I look forward to hearing your good news soon!

rosielou678 Thu 16-May-13 17:04:04

Keepon - you talk as someone that has been through the 'process' and come out the other side smiling with what you want grin grin

I, on the other hand, am weeks away from the evidence deadline and Tribunal. The LA pulled so many dirty tricks before the last Tribunal that whilst I don't 'fear' them, I know that they don't like me, hate my legal representatives, and have so far done everything in their power to stop my DC getting any form of accessible education.

When I'm through 'the other side' then I'll share properly wink wink

KeepOnKeepingOn1 Thu 16-May-13 16:29:41

What do you think we have to fear? It can be quite difficult to share experience, particularly relating to 'experts' given the level of paranoia that LA staff might spy on us. ime LA staff are crap over-stetched and don't even do the bare minimum.

rosielou678 Thu 16-May-13 15:56:16

Actually, you've got a point there! I'm very conscious this is public open forum and no I certainly don't want THEM lurking on here!

inappropriatelyemployed Thu 16-May-13 15:53:45

You are not wrong there! But do we want to flag MNSN up to local authorities???? That has been my thought - seriously!!

rosielou678 Thu 16-May-13 15:50:37

I think you need to add MumsNet as the therapists for the mums! I've only found you all in the last couple of weeks - wish I'd found you 18 months ago! If it wasn't for posting on here, I think I'd have gone up in a big big puff of smoke this week angry

inappropriatelyemployed Thu 16-May-13 15:46:13

I think we all agree that the system is bent!!! grin

Let me know if you have any therapists you would recommend to others.

I will put the blog link up when it is tidied up.

Scottishdancer Thu 16-May-13 15:43:41

The system is bent. I agree with Rosie. LA's experts agreed with ours, but SENCO lied and panel believed her. When we get to appeal I am going to have her put under oath this time.

inappropriatelyemployed Thu 16-May-13 11:54:35

Thanks Dev

rosielou678 Wed 15-May-13 23:07:33

You are right that the experts should advise and not just fit in. In my DS case they all begged me to carry on fighting for him because they were professionally, morally and humanly (is that a word?) were outraged at his 'case' ('expert witnesses' and 'just' plain 'experts alike). I am was exhausted and ready to give up. But they spurred me on again because they advised me that giving up wasn't an option.

nostoppingme - PM me

dev9aug Wed 15-May-13 23:03:31

No problem, I will PM you the details tomorrow.

inappropriatelyemployed Wed 15-May-13 22:59:48

Well that is what the law says about it the system Rosie - it's supposed to be inquisitorial but then there are rules and caselaw which govern that type of process too.

I agree the system is bent!!

Cheers Dev

Would you have email, web, tel for those people? PM me if you are able

dev9aug Wed 15-May-13 22:55:37

David Urani - EP
Jackie Harland - SALT
Dimitri Mylonadis - OT
Daphne Keen - Dev Paed
Autism Partnership - ABA

rosielou678 Wed 15-May-13 22:47:46

"Tribunal thinks its processes are inquisitorial and not adversarial" That's an oxymoron! smile smile The Tribunal is very deluded if they think this!

You are probably right about the Tribunal being sick about seeing therapist 'x''s reports. But when the LAs own NHS/other 'experts' agree with the independent experts and the LA have still ignored ALL reports?

Yes it is a money making industry. But, in fairness, it is because of the unworkable 'system' which puts all the (initial) cards in the LAs hands. As I said before, you, the parent, are guilty until proven innocent.

nostoppingme Wed 15-May-13 22:43:47

PM me, happy to give you my experts.

Rosielou678 - would you mind sharing yours with me privately?

inappropriatelyemployed Wed 15-May-13 22:37:16

"I had heard (but haven't investigated so don't know if true) that LA/NHS/government bods don't have to sign/swear an oath at Tribunal because they are deemed to be always truthful."

No this is not true. Witnesses generally are not asked to give evidence on oath no matter what side they give evidence for and this is largely because the Tribunal thinks its processes are inquisitorial and not adversarial - in theory at least. But there is nothing to stop you asking for all witnesses to be put on oath if an issue of honesty arises.

Cheese - I think it is very important that the therapist really knows the child. I understand that you might someone who is Tribunal hardened but whether this is a plus can depend on the Panel. Some might be sick of seeing SLT 'X' who always produces the same type of report asking for the same thing.

I also think it is a money making industry and getting experts to do the work and advise rather than simply fit into what you are suggesting is a much harder task.

CheeseToasty Wed 15-May-13 22:28:09

I brought a therapist that had never been to tribunal before. However she knew her work and ds very well. She was great. I must admit my rep did say our tribunal wasn't as much of a fight as others she had been to. However I am still waiting on the tribunal .decision

rosielou678 Wed 15-May-13 22:19:48

I think that's the crux of the matter - there is no point in instructing someone who isn't used to giving evidence.

Rightly or wrongly (very wrongly in my own personal opinion) SEN/education is a legal/law matter. So you need someone very used to and highly experienced in giving evidence. I have come to the conclusion that with SEN law, you are guilty until proven innocent. That is, the LA doesn't have to prove that their measures are correct/legal/adequate but rather you, the parent, have to prove that their measures aren't adequate (it would appear that the illegality of the LA's practices doesn't even come into the Tribunal's decision!)

I had heard (but haven't investigated so don't know if true) that LA/NHS/government bods don't have to sign/swear an oath at Tribunal because they are deemed to be always truthful. This will be very interesting at DS's Tribunal because I would love the LA to HAVE to swear an oath! They have already lied in writing to a previous Tribunal and to its judge.

I would love to tell you our complete story, but can't because it will out me.

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