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ASD DS. Returning to UK. Assessment?

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DeepDeepDown Fri 30-Sep-11 10:29:55


DS (almost 13) and I have been living abroad for 18 months, but wanting to return to the UK.

DS used to be in a special school before we moved and their recommendation was that, if he were to stay in the UK, that he attend a mainstream school, with support.

So, he's been in a mainstream (English-speaking) school since we moved, but we've struggled to find extra support/assistance available (in this non-English-speaking part of the world).

Just wondering where to start with it all. I mean, if we apply to schools directly explaining the situation, would they assess his needs if he were to get a place? Or, is it possible somehow to get a private (unbiased) diagnosis? Or, do I contact the LEA first?

Hoping someone can show me a little light.

Many thanks in advance for any reponses.

SNM Fri 30-Sep-11 12:05:23

Hi. Have a look at my site You need to make sure that the schools you apply to can support him, so you should contact some likely candidates before hand. Contact the LEA in the area you're moving to and ask them for advice. Presumably, if he was in a special school previously he had a statement of SEN. This should still be respected. The question is, do YOU think he could manage in mainstream with support? You can also contact or as they may have some advice for you. Good luck!

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