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What happens after an Ed Psych visit?(4 Posts)
EP came out to see DS(7) last week. I stupidly felt that it would be a pivotal point, and have been left feeling deflated etc from what his class teacher said happened during the assessment. Apparently none of his concerning behaviour was apparent - despite reports from the SENCo and class teacher, and three pages from me regarding my concerns and examples of his behaviour etc. No account was taken of the fact that the concerning behaviour wasn't apparent BECAUSE OF THE SPECIFIC STRATEGIES BEING USED!!!
So .... what happens now? Will I automatically get a copy of the report, or do I need to badger the SENCo for it? I'm annoyed at myself for not insisting on meeting the EP on the day. We are waiting on an appointment with the community paed which will hopefully have a better outcome.
I am already so worn down from coping with DS's behaviour, having to use strategies every minute I am with him to display some semblance of normality to the outside world. I am sick of people telling me that "oh, that's what boys are like!" "That's normal!" etc etc. I really thought this assessment would be a lightbulb moment for others to see what he's really like, and be able to get some help
The Ed Psych visit was a pivotal point for us. He was the first professional that has seen DD. He telephoned us after the meeting with DD and discussed how it went and asked us for our views etc (it sounds like you provided your opinion before the assessment). He then produced a short report which he sent us a copy of. For us the EP report meant that the paediatrician did not need to refer DD to the SALT, OT etc and that with her own observations and the Ed Psych report she was able to provide enough evidence to the joint assessment panel for them to agree diagnosis.
The Ed Psych was also instrumental in suggesting that the school apply for an EHCP for DD and has written a more comprehensive report to support that. He telephoned me and discussed the information before sending it and again has provided us with a copy. He has also offered advice re secondary schools (DD is currently only yr2) and what he thinks she will need when we consider secondary.
They see beyond the obvious behaviours, actually the Ed Psych highlighted some behaviours and difficulties that neither us or school had acknowledged. They may not see the things that make it clear to others but they will spot the issues, I wouldn't worry that the obvious things were not apparent with your DS they know it is changeable and they are looking for a lot of things that are not as obvious.
Thank you - your EP sounds excellent!
I'm a bit "meh" about the fact that the SENCo doesn't seem to want to communicate with me, and all I've got is a rushed update from the class teacher at 9am; she said the EP seemed to be putting a lot of ticks on his form, which she has taken to mean "meeting expectations".
I guess I have to wait and see what's in the report and take it from there.
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