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SN help at nursery school

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worriedfriend Wed 04-May-05 12:27:21

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dinosaur Wed 04-May-05 12:34:03

I presume from what you have said about him that she is concerned that he may have an autistic spectrum disorder. It is easier to get more support if you have a diagnosis.

She needs to get her GP or health visitor to refer her son to whoever it is in your area who is responsible for child development. I know in some areas there is a local Child Development Centre. In our area there is a local clinic called the Donald Winnicott centre which is where children up to age of 5 with developmental delays are referred. Basically only a paediatrician or a clinical psychologist can actually make a diagnosis of ASD.

My own DS1 was diagnosed with high-functioning autism at the age of 3.5 and the very good nursery which he attended then were able to find enough resources to give him pretty much fulltime one-to-one attention which was a tremendous help.

maddiemo Wed 04-May-05 12:47:53

Dinosaur is right. She needs to get a referral made to the local cdc.

If the nursery are having problems managing him they should ask the SENCO to offer further support. Support available depends on where she lives and the number of children on waiting lists. My LEA offer 1:1 support staff to help at nursery {there is usually a waiting list}. Portage visits to home and portage staff giving advice to nusery. For children with the greatest need they offer specialist sn placenents.errrrrr

maddiemo Wed 04-May-05 12:49:17

Sorry about the 'errrr' ds4 is kissing the keyboard.

worriedfriend Wed 04-May-05 12:55:15

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maddiemo Wed 04-May-05 12:59:36

Again it depends where you live. Waiting list for dx approx 2 years here. My LEA doe not statement pre school children preferring to assess them and give a statement just before start of school. However, it is possible for your friend to request a statement herself although she may find it difficult isf he is not yet in the sysytem as the LEA will require reports about his needs.

pixel Wed 04-May-05 13:08:57

My Ds didn't get a statement until he was school age but he still got lots of help before that. He had a part-time place for a year at a special needs nursery and spent the other mornings at an ordinary church based playgroup. He was provided with a 1:1 helper for this and the playgroup could contact the sn place anytime for advice. During this time he also had several 'blocks' of SALT at the local polyclinic.

All this was put in motion initially due to referral by our health visitor.

macwoozy Wed 04-May-05 15:22:41

With my ds, his preschool first contacted SENCO with my permission due to concerns over his behaviour and speech. A SALT then became involved and it was through her that the ball started rolling with getting a final diagnosis of ASD. This took approx 7 months.

With the diagnosis in place, he immediately recieved extra help and got a SN's place in a different pre school.

sinclair Wed 04-May-05 16:41:47

without a doubt it is always a battle to get LEA to release funds to support SN children - IMO your F is unlikely to get the support she would like without being prepared to jump through the hoops. It can be difficult to come to terms with an unexpected dx - is this what is stalling her? When she is ready she will get lots of support on here with the process of statementing.

worriedfriend Thu 05-May-05 11:37:57

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