Have two teenagers. One has Asperegers and sensory integration disorder and one has dyspraxia. Neither have ever seen a 'specialist' beyond the initial diagnosis years ago but, the one with Aspergers is now driving me nuts as he cant cope with sound. We have to tiptoe around, he complains at noisy eating, TV, well, everything really. Can anything be done? Is it too late now he is 15? Most of his more extreme behaviours have disappeared over the years, as a toddler he was a nightmare with hand flapping and hiding and refusing to ever go out. Most of the time he comes across as 'normal' as is articulate and clever but this with sound is affecting the whole family now. What should I do? Will a GP just be dismissive?
The one with dyspraxia again has had no input but isn't coping with handwriting at school (his writing and drawing is like a 6 yo's) or sports as he cant catch a ball or hit one with a bat. he doesn't care about sports but the handwriting could be an issue. Any advice on what I should do or will the GP dismiss them as 'too old'?
I think the teenage years can be a real trial for those with an ASD. It's got to be worth having a chat with your local autism charity to see if there's anything they can suggest, other than earplugs or earmuffs for him?
If the GP is any good, they'll help you with both situations. Neither is too old to get some help, so I'd say go for it.
sensory integration therapy for the hypersensitivity to sound - I don't think he's too old but a SI specialist Occupational Therapist would be able to tell you for sure. If you are in London or South East you can access an independent OT, elsewhere it's a bit trickier.
No SENCO? Blimey. I hope there's someone who has responsibility for disability matters, even if they don't call themselves a SENCO. Otherwise I guess it's the Head's responsibility to tell you what he/she proposes to do about any of this?
Is it an independent school? If so, they don't have to do anything. At all. They don't have to have a SENCO and they are not bound by the SEN code of practice. We learned the hard way. It's up to each independent school to decide what if anything they want to do to support SEN. Most don't bother. If they refuse, your only ammunition is the Disability Discrimination Act which also applies to independent schools.
Hi Dilberta, I have a 16 year old with the exact same condition, he will attack his younger brother if his breathing is too noisy, says he is doing it on purpose etc, only told me the other day that he has tinnitus, when I asked why he did not tell me before now, he said he thought everyone had it and thought it was normal, he copes by always wearing ear phones wth music on low.