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(5 Posts)
Willmum Mon 08-Nov-10 19:20:59

Hi, I have a couple of questions that I think you lovley ladies may be able to help with.

Am posting here as well as sn children as I'm not sue which is the best place to post this?

My LA is conducting a statutory assessment for my, which I requested. I am currently writing my parental statement for this and have a few queries.

1. Do I have to answer all the questions of the LEA's form? Im not using the form as theres no room to write but wondered if I need to answer all of their questions. One is 'what does your child do well! Im kind of struggling a bit with that one.

2. Is it enough to write down my view of the problems and highlight findings and recommendations from key professionals, or do I need to start quoting 'law' at them?

3. If I do need to be doing the above are there any particular parts of the SEN code that I need to refer to?

4. My son is 3.7. SA was requested by me. He began pre-school in September for 2.5 hours per day (except 5 hours on 1 day). Pre-school are saying there are no problems. They told me the other day that when he is playing outside (which I think is quite a lot of the time, that ''you can't tell des different to the other kids'').

5. The head of the pre-school is exceptionally unhelpful and refuses to see that there are issues. (Apart from toileting, that really bothers them). School are not implementing recommendations for his iep from salt and ot etc, I'm worried this will go against us. Is there any way I can counter this?

6. I fully expect that he will be turned down as he is not 'severe enough' .He has a speech delay and severe speech disorder. He has sensory processing difficulties and poor motor/fine co-ordination. His attention is appauling and his listening skills poor (he verbalises constantly as if he cannot physically stop, he was doing this before he could talk).

He's been refered to asd panel and adhd and auditory prcessing disorder have been mentioned as possible issues as well as dcd.Overall I feel he has complex difficulties which span a whole range of areas but do not think they will fall under the 'severe' catagory.

Any advice on how to make it more likely that he will get some more help.

Should say that ed psyc, 2 salts and ot have all written reports which give good recommendations but little in the way of saying how they should be put into practice.

Any ideas/help would be great.

Thanks

SausageMonster Tue 30-Nov-10 19:41:31

HI

I'LL TRY TO ANSWER

1. Do I have to answer all the questions of the LEA's form? Im not using the form as theres no room to write but wondered if I need to answer all of their questions. One is 'what does your child do well! Im kind of struggling a bit with that one.

THE LA FORM IS JUST A SUGGESTION. WRITE WHAT YOU WANT. START WITH DEVELOPMETALHISTORY FROM BIRTH TO NOW. STATE WHO YOU@VESEEN ABOUT WHAT DIFFICULTIES. STATE WHAT YOU THINK HIS DIFFICULTIES ARE - WHAT YOU THINK HE NEEDS TO OVERCOME THEM. BE VERY HONEST - EVEN IF IT@S PAINFUL TO WRITE. HE MUST BE GOOD AT SOMRHING - JUST MAKE SURE YOU DON'T OVER_ENPHASUSE HIS ABILITY.

MY OWN PA WAS 34 PAGES LONG> DON'T FEEL CONSTRAINED - GET IT ALL DOWN.

2. Is it enough to write down my view of the problems and highlight findings and recommendations from key professionals, or do I need to start quoting 'law' at them?

DON@T QUOTE LAW AT THIS STAGE' YOU CAN PICK UP BITS TO HIGHLIGHT PROFESSIONALS VIEWS _ BUT THIS IS YOUR ADVICE A A PARENT

3. If I do need to be doing the above are there any particular parts of the SEN code that I need to refer to?

NO - THEY KNOW THE SEN COP. UNLESS THERE IS SOME PART YOU WISH TO EMPHASISE?

4. My son is 3.7. SA was requested by me. He began pre-school in September for 2.5 hours per day (except 5 hours on 1 day). Pre-school are saying there are no problems. They told me the other day that when he is playing outside (which I think is quite a lot of the time, that ''you can't tell des different to the other kids'').

USE ANY REPORTS YOU MAY HAVE RECEIVED FROM PROFESSIONALS/ EXPERTS TO BUILD YOUR CASE. IN AN EARLY YEARS SETTING THEY DON@T ALWAYS EXPECT THAT YOU@LL HAVE TONS OF REPORTS> YOU NEED TO SHOW HIS DIFFICULTES ARE COMPLEX AND WILL BE longterm

5. The head of the pre-school is exceptionally unhelpful and refuses to see that there are issues. (Apart from toileting, that really bothers them). School are not implementing recommendations for his iep from salt and ot etc, I'm worried this will go against us. Is there any way I can counter this?

PUT THE FACT THAT SCHOOL ARE NOT COMPLYING WITH RECOMMENDATION INTO YOUR PA. tHAT WAY YOU PREEMPT SCHOOL SYAING THER'S NOTHING WRONG. A SENCO IS NOT AN EXPERT - SAD BUT TRUE.

6. I fully expect that he will be turned down as he is not 'severe enough' .He has a speech delay and severe speech disorder. He has sensory processing difficulties and poor motor/fine co-ordination. His attention is appauling and his listening skills poor (he verbalises constantly as if he cannot physically stop, he was doing this before he could talk).

SOUNDS AS THOUGH YOU CAN MAKE A CASE FOR COMPLEX LONGSTANDING NEEDS - THAT'S WHAT IS REQUIERD TO INETEREST THEM SUFFICIENTLY TO AGREE TO ASSESS.

He's been refered to asd panel and adhd and auditory prcessing disorder have been mentioned as possible issues as well as dcd.Overall I feel he has complex difficulties which span a whole range of areas but do not think they will fall under the 'severe' catagory.

LIST TEH REFERRALS TO OUTSIDE AGENCIES IN YOUR pa. ADD THEIR REPORTS IF YOU HAVE THEM AS EVIDENCE. severe DOESN'T ALWAYS MEAN AS SEVERE AS YOU THINK IT SHOULD BE. IF HIS DIFFICULTIES ARE PREVENTING HIM FROM FULLY LEARNING THEN THEY ARE SEVERE.

Any advice on how to make it more likely that he will get some more help.

jUST ALL OF THE ABOVE - BUT PESTER SCJOOL AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO GET HIM WHAT HE'S ENTITLED TO.

Should say that ed psyc, 2 salts and ot have all written reports which give good recommendations but little in the way of saying how they should be put into practice.

NOT SURE ABOUT THIS. la COULD JUST SAY GO BACK TO SALT AND GET DETAILED STARTEGIES AND SEE IF THEY WORK BEFORE WE ASSESS FOR sa

YOU'D BE MUCH BETTER TO FOCUS ON THE ARGUMENT THAT HE HAS COMPLEX LONGTERM NEEDS AND ALL HIS DIFFICULTIES CAN ONLY BE fullY IDENTIFED BY sa.

SOORY - NOT USED TO TYPING IN cAPS.
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Willmum Wed 01-Dec-10 13:43:32

Thank-you so much for this reply and sorry for not thanking you sooner.
Please to say we have a draft statement, so your advice worked! Haven't got it yet (it's in the post ) but great news. (Now will just have to fight provision probably but still great news)

Thanks Again

amazinlou Fri 03-Dec-10 14:49:22

Where are you located?

Willmum Sun 09-Jan-11 18:02:59

East Yorkshire

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