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sorry another urgent statment question

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staryeyed Thu 11-Jun-09 15:31:57

Need to get rewrite in very quickly as we have named the school we want ds1 to go to and it goes to panel next Friday and they will need the information to assess.

I completely dont trust my case worker who told me that my 15 days is up next week and told me its only a guideline. I asked IPSEA who said that its 15 days not working days which is up tomorrow and its not a guideline.

Anyway, I am trying to tailor the report more to a special school but I don't know what to call the person who would be helping DS1 do I call them an autism specialist teacher? someone trained in autism? a trained facilitator?

Peachy Thu 11-Jun-09 15:41:58

I would say a 'supporting adult with appropriate skills and training'

moondog Thu 11-Jun-09 15:49:14

You need to specify what skills and training you want them to have

eg an individual who has undergone 2 day basic PECS course and a 2 day Makaton course with one day yearly Makaton refresher, for example or else they will interpret 'appropriate skills and training' in their own way

ie. Mrs Jones from |No. 10 who seems nice and once worked in a playgroup.



Peachy Thu 11-Jun-09 15:52:06

Good point

Perhaps outline what you want in a separate paragraph, then describe 'with raining as in paragraph X'?

staryeyed Thu 11-Jun-09 16:12:44

can I say "an individual trained in autism and has attended the 2 day basic PECS course?

does that sound right do I need to be more specific?

staryeyed Thu 11-Jun-09 16:20:19

I have made so many changes- They are going to laugh me out of the meeting aren't they!

Peachy Thu 11-Jun-09 16:22:07

Well the other option is lose out isn't it? Do it now- it'sso much more of a PITA later. The LEA just ahd to take ds1's statement back to panel to insert the words 'Sam like a routine'. FFS, he has ASD!!!!!!!

So best to just deal with and get a statement that works for you and your ds

staryeyed Thu 11-Jun-09 16:45:51

I have made changes in blue type. should I change I change it to black because the blue is highlighting how many changes there are, or is it best to leave it as it is?

Peachy Thu 11-Jun-09 18:41:28

Leave it as it is, simple means for simple folk wink

moondog Thu 11-Jun-09 18:46:29

'trained in autism' needs changing.It means nothing.
Don't highlight changes.
Let them find them themselves. grin

Peachy Thu 11-Jun-09 18:57:45

Can you do a person spec on a searate page for the attribtes needed to be your child's support worker?

When ds3 received his, we were taken and asked what qualities we would have liked her to have and got someone who worked well, shame we didn't specify lack of ambition- she was promoted within a term <<sigh>>

staryeyed Fri 12-Jun-09 09:27:05

I'm cutting it really fine now but I have couple more qs

Thanks for your help so far.

How should the funding for X amount of hours part read? I have deleted the paragraph that was written because it seemed to suggest the school would pay-it was very unclear. Can anyone give an example of how it should read.

also instead of "trained in autism" I put "experienced in dealing with children with autism" is that ok?

staryeyed Fri 12-Jun-09 09:53:48

Anyone ?

Peachy Fri 12-Jun-09 09:56:43

I wuld specify formal traininga s well as experienced with- that might mean someones whose Grandchild has ASD and they take the approach of it's all just naughtiness, for all you know. whilst experience is mroe important than training, both are needed IMO.

Funding- put LEA in front of the word?

staryeyed Fri 12-Jun-09 12:00:36

Thanks Peachy- just finished it and handed it in. Will see how they respond.

moondog Fri 12-Jun-09 12:55:00

also instead of "trained in autism" I put "experienced in dealing with children with autism" is that ok?

No, not at all as it is so open to intepretation.
#Don't worry though, it will come back in draft form and you can amend again.

staryeyed Fri 12-Jun-09 13:05:46

oh crap. I actually put "with relevant experience and formal training in autism" is that ok moondog?

moondog Fri 12-Jun-09 18:32:12

You need to specify what training you want them to have.
This is where there is so much fudging because your 'relevant training and experience' doesn't mean that of the Education Authority's. (There's means someone who is untrained, poorly paid and has done some SN work.)

Not good enough.

staryeyed Fri 12-Jun-09 19:12:26

Well I did put about being PECS trained - 2 day course as well. I didn't know what other training I could specify.

"not good enough" sounds like my school reports, lol.

moondog Fri 12-Jun-09 20:35:28

Yes, that's the problem.There is no training to speak of!
You could specify SALT visits with 1:1 support.

(Lol at school report!)

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