It's with the community paed, so think it might be a chat rather than an assessment and then yet another referral.
I've got copies of the parent questionnaire I filled in and our 'informal' private OT's report. Anything else I should remember - or any advice? I'm slightly anxious about it as I feel uncomfortable listing all DS1's difficulties in front of him - he is well aware of some of them and will no doubt talk (for England) about them if asked, but there are others, like his muddled speech, which I don't think he's aware of. His self esteem is pretty fragile at times and I don't want to knock it any further. But if I'm positive, we won't be taken seriously.
On a funny (and totally unrelated) note, DS1 came up with a gem this morning, having heard DH and I arguing . " The thing about my ears is that they're very nosy "
Sounds like you have it covered. ime emphasise the negatives . Write down a few choice sayings and examples to illustrate issues such as sensory problems. The paed will mainly want to observe him anyway. Hopefully there will be toys etc to distract ds whiel you talk or maybe you could arrange a follow up without him there. good luck
Update - it all went fine. DS1 behaved so dyspraxically in the consulting room it wasn't true - fidgeting in his chair, having to have instructions repeated, taking ages to take his sweatshirt off etc. He also gave the dr a very succinct explanation of why he doesn't like football: ' the ball comes in all directions and I can't remember who's on my team. That's why I go in goal, cos then the ball only comes in one direction and anyway the other team are rubbish so they hardly ever get down my end' . I could almost see the mental ticks inside the dr's head!
So, it's confirmed - he's dyspraxic. Where we go from here is now the question - no chance of getting NHS OT around here, so look for private, I guess, or just carry on with what we're doing at home to help him and try to get school a bit more on board. He suffers because he's not severely dyspraxic enough. On a positive note, I had a great chat with his teacher yesterday who is very switched on and keen to help him as much as possible.
Cornsilk - we got a private OT to do an 'informal' assessment first, then went to the GP, who referred us on. SF - BIBIC is an idea, as local to us and known about in school, so they would probably take notice of a programme that they set up. Problem will be persuading DH - we took Ds2 there regularly for a couple of years but ended up with a not so good experience (which I'll tell you about offline if you like) which put DH off completely.
Just found out my CATs expired - not worth renewing as I've only used it about twice! Have you ever emailed me? Sorry - it's awful I can't remember but I have got post-Golden-Wedding-party brain - am knackered!