Can anyone recommended a good occupational therapist for Tribunal purposes.
DS, 5, has ASD with severe speech and language difficulties and also has a diagnosis of verbal dyspraxia.
I don't think DS has severe sensory difficulties and he has age appropriate independent skills. Though, when DS was at an assessment, the specialist identified that DS falls down quite a bit. I never noticed this until she pointed this out. I also want the OT to identify his needs regarding fine motor skills, fussy eating and write in recommendations on how the school can report this.
The issue is, I don't have a lot of money to spend extra on an OT report, as I've already spent Â£2K on other independent reports. So I'm wondering if any of you guys know an OT that charges around Â£500.
I've heard that Melinda is good but I don't know how much she charges.
I have chosen Melina Silson to carry out an assessment. Luckily (while checking my finances) I have just about enough to fund the OT assessment, which is roughly £900.
I am now aware that Tribunal reports are a bit more expensive. Though to be fair, if I have to spend all this money to ensure that DS has a good quality of life. Then so be it. No matter how much it hurts looking at my bank statements and seeing my money slowly decreasing....
I think that you need an OT with postgraduate qualifications in sensory integration and that can do the SIPT assessment. Where a child is prescribed certain OT therapy (say using Ayres suspension equipment) in an OT report it is my experience that m/s schools do not have this equipment and can't access it easily and so cannot meet need. DS1 won placement at our choice of school which had onsite therapists and the specified equipment. I got a local rather than an tribunal savvy OT and she was not a witness at tribunal.
It has to be said though that the LA had not got their own OT report and could not dispute my report as DS1 had not been seen by the NHS for years. Also the LA conceded at hearing and none of my witnesses got to give evidence. The OT issue may have been raised at hearing if it had continued but the lack of alternative report meant that the LA had to cut and paste from my report and provision specified in that report so they accepted the provision and just added 3K to pay for 1 hour per week indi OT whilst at m/s to their offer. Then it is down to how practical this is to deliver when the therapist is not onsite.
Hi there - we have been recommended Melinda and I am trying to find contact details for her. Just seen your conversation and wondered if you have an email address/number that you can share. We are in the middle of an Appeal's process and need an OT assessment. Many thanks for your help. Julie