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what assessment will they do? virgin care

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Pootrouble Fri 30-Jan-15 15:45:54

Hi there dd2 has been referred for assessment for aspergers. She was meant to be assessment a couple of years ago at which time she would've been under 5 and they mentioned doing an ADOS test at the CDC however she slipped through the net. Now she's almost 6 she's too old for the CDC and will be dealt with in the new Integrated Childrens Services that Virgin Care have recently taken over in an old part of CAMHS.

So what assessment are they likely to do? I have asked but got no response? The lead said they may do a screening and decide not to assess? What does a screening involve? God it sounds so confusing. We are in Devon where all children services have been taken over by Virgin Care and I'm not understanding the process or what assessment will be done and when, it all seems very 'bitty'

PolterGoose Fri 30-Jan-15 16:50:26

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Pootrouble Fri 30-Jan-15 17:17:32

Thanks polter what is process in your county as may be similar??
What has me worried is that they say they have upskilled a lot of workers to do the assessment to cut the wait time from two years to six months!

PolterGoose Fri 30-Jan-15 17:28:50

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Pootrouble Fri 30-Jan-15 17:44:24

Oh how bizarre I emailed them and got a reply straight away. They've said it goes
Home observation
School observation
Ados and 3DI

Pootrouble Fri 30-Jan-15 17:47:29

Our OT has said she has sensory integration disorder. Pead said she has issues in all three areas of impairment and fits criteria for aspergers however I can see her passing the ados if that makes sense? She seems to mask so well. Although saying that she totally ignored pead on last visit refusing to answer any questions at all! She's 5

PolterGoose Fri 30-Jan-15 17:58:15

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zzzzz Fri 30-Jan-15 18:18:00

Oh the joys of Devon. We waited a year to get on the waiting list and will have been another two years on the list for assessment before we start. Ds is now 9. It's DIRE. Nobody seems to return calls, give clear indication as to what us happening. I gave recently (in the last two months) been told we can't have SALT assessment as we can go on the SALT therapy waiting list based on forms submitted, then letter asking to come for therapy/assessment session, then told on phone no therapy is on offer, but offered assessment confused.
Keep records, and expect little.

Pootrouble Fri 30-Jan-15 19:51:30

Ohhhhh zzzzzz finally someone who sympathises ! Devon is fairly piss poor isn't it!

zzzzz Fri 30-Jan-15 20:01:46

Bafflingly awful.

NoHaudinMaWheest Fri 30-Jan-15 20:30:18

Hi I'm in Devon too and I think it has got a lot worse. Ds's diagnosis was over 8 years ago and he was 10. It was actually very quick but that was because he had severe OCD and had been excluded (illegally) from school so CAMHS put a lot of pressure on the Paed to diagnose quickly.
However Salt was a waste of time. Fortunately he doesn't have major issues in that area.
We finally got to see an OT a month before his 18th birthday when he should strictly move to adult services which has no service for sensory issues at all.

We have had input for his OCD but nothing really for the ASD though that is pretty normal I think.

There is little point in reducing the waiting list if the service is still rubbish.

zzzzz Fri 30-Jan-15 20:32:40

They haven't reduced the waiting list. They have created a waiting list to get on the waiting list.

Pootrouble Sat 31-Jan-15 06:34:18

Zzzzz you are exactly correct! They now have multiple waiting lists!

Ineedmorepatience Sat 31-Jan-15 10:16:42

Oh sad and there was me thinking it would be lovely to live somewhere nice like Devon hmm

Time for a rethink!

Hope you can fight your way through the system poo and let us know how "Virgin Care" are coping! It sounds scary! Remember to follow up every referal with a phone call and offer to attend cancellation appointments if you are flexible with your availability, it is possible to jump waiting lists sometimes by doing this.

Good luck flowers

zzzzz Sat 31-Jan-15 11:32:31

It is lovely (and I am here!) but it's lovely on the whole in a "people leave you alone" way, not a "support" way.

Ineedmorepatience Sat 31-Jan-15 11:47:50

I may head that way if we drop out of mainstream society completely then zzzzz grin

It is something that is becoming more of a posibility and more appealing by the day!

zzzzz Sat 31-Jan-15 13:26:41

grin will provide brew / wine / cake for any fleeing from the madness MNSN ers as and when needed.

I wonder if we could just declare Devon some sort of reserve and sort the whole thing ourselves?

Pootrouble Sat 31-Jan-15 17:01:41

Lol yes devons lovely but the NHS here is not!!!

Ineedmorepatience Sat 31-Jan-15 17:26:34

Sounds like a plan zzzzz if Dd3 bails out of school we might come down for the whole summer anyway and see what we think grin

zzzzz Sat 31-Jan-15 19:13:32

Nhs is fine. Dd3 has had good care. Virgincare seem to provide nothing of value so far.

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