Have contacted SS re: support for my Aspergers lad and his siblings throughout hols, and for me as I care for them and a VERY depressed dh. Any tips when dealing with them (should they ever return call?)
WOW you have been busy. Shame we never got to get together
So glad the new school is betetr and that Sam is doing well.
My brood are all OK. Still fighting my battles to get J the right placement....nothing new there!!!
Nice to see you back here and I hope someone comes along soon with some help and info re SS.
I called our local dept 4 months ago and was told someone would be in touch.....havent heard a thing.
Good luck PeachyClair. I didn't get much luck with them either. Last hols I rang to ask about special needs playschemes/support for my ds, phoned them a couple of times, left my details and they never got back to me
What are you asking for? It's taken over a year, but I now have direct payments set up by SS. (18 hours a week during school hols, 8 hours a week during term time). If you're looking for a playscheme for your son, that would probably be quicker to organise.
What I really need is a playscheme (they run an autistic sports class nearby, and Sam is very good indeed at sports), and some practical advice re sleeping and violent behaviour. That's all, however you cannot get their number, you have to call the council who e-mail the message, and they haven't bothered to return any calls so far. Why am I not surprised?
SS were the hardest to deal with. You may not need to go through them for a playscheme- although it would help. I don't think they'll be any good for advice re behaviour- you need a clinical (not ed) psych. SS can refer onto clinical psychs but so can GP's. DS1's school referred us (although they're a special school so have strong links with the clinical psych service).
There should be a play service separate to Soc Svs although they also access it and refer. Can't believe how crap some Soc Svs depts are, ours is so good in terms of contacting them, a social worker always answers the phone and very quickly and I can email my social worker and her boss!! Mind you, 8hrs a week and 18hrs during hols, that's pretty good even though its taken ages.
I'd like to get ss to refer to psych, as new GP frankly not interested. Said he would think about referring to someone but WOULD nNOT consider any form of sedative. As some may know, Sam's violence towards his siblings means he has to be checked virtually hourly: a few weeks ago he tried to strangle his nearest brother (left marks so a proper attempt). DH tries but has depression at times, so i can't ask much really at nights when he is here, he works nights, He gets bad without sleep.