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Educational psychologist assessment?

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gabbybaby Mon 17-Mar-14 11:09:31

My DD is 4 �, in Reception with a late July birthday. My question is whether an educational psychologist assessment should be something I try to follow up with, and how difficult that may be to get, and what help I should expect to get out of one if this is the path I should be going down with her. She has been slow to meet all developmental targets (eg, slow to sit, crawl, walk, talk). Her speech is delayed by about 6 months.
My concern is how her speech delay has affected her socially. I saw this start to affect her in nursery, when she became quite aware that she wasn�t always understood and she refuses to say anything to anyone she doesn�t know for fear that they won�t understand her. I�ve seen her become frustrated and angry at home, and her teachers have commented she is particularly stubborn. I feel that these are the repercussions of not being able to express herself and her feelings. Since starting Reception I�ve had great support from her teachers. She is on Special Action and receives small group help for her fine motor skills, to help her handwriting. I put her problems down to her speech and her teachers agreed that she would benefit from speech therapy. She had an assessment at school last week and after speaking to the speech therapist following her assessment, they again concluded that her speech isn�t significantly delayed although her grammar is often incorrect, she has a heavy lisp and she often struggles to find the right word. They did, however, conclude that she has other issues, mainly to do with a weak short term memory and the way she learns (visually) which isn�t compatible with learning in a class of 30 children. Also, although she talks and plays with peers one to one, when she�s in a big group or in a setting that is unfamiliar to her, she refuses to talk and will make excuses to escape (eg, when a lesson become interactive, she�ll decide she needs to go to the toilet). She gets frustrated and stubborn and gives up or refuses to try to do something that she doesn�t think she can do. I agree with the speech therapists� assessment, as I have seen the same behaviour in her myself. The speech therapist suggested she should have an educational psychologist assessment and now I�m wondering if I went down the wrong path pushing for the speech therapy, when my concern all along was more about how her slow speech development has affected her socially and emotionally. My question now is how difficult is it to get an educational psychologist assessment if your child is not disruptive in class and doesn�t need one to one help? Would there be any benefit to an assessment, and what would the likely outcomes of such an assessment be?

grants1000 Mon 17-Mar-14 22:13:26

I'd say in reception you'd have zero chance of the school being able to get an ed psych due to budget cuts and i think there are two more processes to go through after school action. It is too early in her school career so to speak, for her teachers to see massive change and they need to help to continue to help her develop with the current support provided. I would however take her out of school for speech therapy lessons if this is your main concern, you'd have to pay privately most likely. I know many parents who have done this, I did it with my dyslexic son and school were fine with it. You could pay for an education psych yourself but you are talking £500 plus and I am not sure if you would get a huge amount from it. Have you taken her to your GP? You could get referred to a paediatrician for an assessment to give you an opinion. Has her hearing been tested properly at a clinic in your local hospital? Definitely worth getting done. It is still so early to be concerned with bad/good grammar and this is totally normal at this age. Also I disagree visual learning style is compatible with a class of 30 especially at this age. I also don't think her behaviour in class is odd, not everyone is the life and soul of a party so to speak, my youngest DS likes quieter groups for work at school and that is fine. I also have older children and they all develop at different speeds at different times and they are such different children in y2, 4 & y6, how they are now is no indicator of how they will be when they are older.

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