DD2 has ASD she's 3.4 and getting to heavy (and big) to be in a pushchair, Dd2 can walk but has no sense of danger and often refuses to walk causing a meltdown.
Is she entitled to Mobility?
Where do i find the form online to fill in as when i go to Directgov all i can fing is the mobility form attached to the DLA form, do i have to fill in the hole lot (including DLA) when she already receives DLA. When we claimed DLA for her she was too young to claim Mobility, at what age can she claim it?
lots of "danger to herself" "no sense of danger" "no understanding" "unable to cope in unfamiliar situations" and lots of examples where something terrible nearly happened!
It's hard when they are 3 though, because you'd expect any 3 yr old to be closely supervised when out and about! What you have to prove is that she needs significantly more supervision and help than any other 3 yr old.
And many 3 yr olds are on reins, and in buggies and run off and have the parent grabbing hold of them, and won't come back when you call them etc etc. So you need to put your case for why she has higher needs than that.
She might be -although it is hard to get higher rate ( and she is too young for the lower rate yet) for a physically able child! If you cannot make progress to where you need to go because dc routinely refuses to walk ( where you need to go)and nothing can persuade dc to go where you need to go then she might be. At least this is what I was told. Only higher rate mob is payable from age 3, lower from age 5. ( Disclaimer this is the advice I was given - my ds is 9 and gets lower rate mobility).
I think like magso has said, it is very difficult to get this at this age. We tried with Alfie, as he runs into the road, has no sense of danger and causes danger not only to himself but to others. He also has hypermobility and has special shoes and cannot walk very far. However we were told that he would only get when 5, this is what it said on the letter back from DLA.
I tried, too. DD1 has no sense of danger, waddles like a duck, falls over all the time, has to wear a wrist strap all the time, often refuses to walk, or insists on walking backwards ( as she isn't great at walking forwards!), Runs away if not restrained, etc.
She got awarded high rate care but no mobility.
But the Consultant told us to apply for a blue badge, and that he thought she should be getting HRM. So we are going to ask for a late reconsideration, as we have just got his letter stating his advice.
go onto the Cerebra website (charity for children with neurological problems). send away for their excellent guidelines on how to complete dla form for children.
i have just applied for dla (ds is 3). had DWP on phone today re. his ability to walk! have tried my best for mobility but realistically think i'll only get care component. i better bloody get that at least!
good luck. its a complete bloody nightmare, but i cant recommend those guidelines enough.