Statutory assessment Parental advice

I haven’t been on much as when I have managed to get on my computer I have been trying to get the parental views done towards the statutory assessment, so that we can get Dinky the statement of SEN she needs to go to a school that can meet her needs.

So far I have typed 12 pages, and I still have 2 sections to go! I really don’t understand why they bother sending out a double sided sheet of A4 and expect parents to be able to fit it all in!

It has been a very tiring and thoroughly depressing thing to do. For anyone who hasn’t filled out one, who has done a DLA form, the DLA form has NOTHING on this!

The form goes like this…

 

Child’s   Name                                                                     Date   of Birth      

School/Pre-school        

Completed   by                                             Relationship   to Child      

 

Please refer to the enclosed Guide for Parents and Carers

 

A     EARLY DEVELOPMENT

Please write briefly about anything in your child’s   early years which might be helpful to understand his/her current   difficulties.

 

     

 

B     WHAT YOUR CHILD IS LIKE NOW

Please write about   your child’s strengths and difficulties in the following areas including   brief details of any help your child receives out of school:

 

COMMUNICATION

        Attention   and listening/speaking and non-verbal communication

 

     

 

COGNITION AND   LEARNING

Playing and progress with learning

 

     

 

BEHAVIOURAL, EMOTIONAL AND SOCIAL

Behaviour/confidence and   self-esteem/relationships with others

 

     

 

PHYSICAL,   SENSORY AND MEDICAL

General health, physical skills,   self-help skills.  Any relevant   information about illnesses, diagnoses and medication.

 

     

 

C     YOUR GENERAL VIEWS

Please give any other information   which you feel is relevant to your child’s difficulties.

 

     

 

D     ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Please give details of any   additional relevant reports attached or being requested.

 

     

 

E     YOUR CHILD’S VIEWS

 

     

 

It is so hard because it doesn’t really give pointers

this is the sheet that comes with it

What to say

It is helpful to include:

  • How long you have known about your child’s difficulties
  • What he/she can do well and what he/she finds difficult
  • Any changes you have noticed

You do not have to write about everything listed and you can leave parts out or add information you feel is important.

A     EARLY DEVELOPMENT

  • Was there anything significant about your child’s birth and/or early development that you feel is relevant to his/her current needs?
  • Did you have any advice or support?

B     WHAT YOUR CHILD IS LIKE NOW

COMMUNICATION

  • Does your child have any difficulties with communication?
  • Can he/she explain things, make their needs known, ask questions?
  • Can he/she listen to/understand others and join in conversations?                                                                                                                     

COGNITION AND LEARNING

  • Playing and learning at home/activities outside of home
  • Does your child enjoy learning?
  • Is he/she making progress?

BEHAVIOURAL, EMOTIONAL AND SOCIAL

  • Does your child have any behavioural difficulties at home or at school/pre-school?
  • Does your child have any particular anxieties/worries?
  • How does he/she relate with adults/children individually and in groups?

PHYSICAL, SENSORY AND MEDICAL

  • Does your child have any difficulty with movement and coordination?
  • Are his/her hand skills, eg writing, an area of difficulty?
  • Does your child have any visual or hearing problems?
  • Does your child need help with self-care skills, eg toileting, dressing?

C     YOUR GENERAL VIEWS

  • What are your worries and concerns?
  • Is there any other information you would like to give about significant events that you think may have affected your child?

D     ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Please attach any additional relevant reports that you would like us to consider

Will you be requesting information from any other sources?

E  YOUR CHILD’S VIEWS

  • Does your child realise he/she has difficulties?
  • How did your child tell you his/her views?

 

this is wonderful, except they need to know EVERYTHING. which is why it has taken so long.

I must admit it has been horrible to write down all the things that make Dinky a child with special needs. The early development should have been a massive giveaway that Dinky had an autism spectrum condition. I have found loads of photos while sorting through the masses I had in a very disorganised fashion on my laptop. Photos that clearly show Dinky playing alongside the child we used to live with. Photos showing sensory issues as a toddler. Lots of photos of her hiding and lining things up.
It seems mental.

I have so much more to write, the last sections on general views and additional information are going to be rather long too I’d imagine. I have reports from various professionals which I shall add in.

 

This week is going to be a busy one. Dinky has the Ed Psych coming out to see her on Tuesday! I have already started pushing certain buttons. I know it sounds cruel but I would rather her have a really bad day for the ed psych and then the ed psych backs a move to special school, than her have a good day and she recommends support in mainstream. Although I think the school would have kittens if that was the case.. and they wouldn’t be the only ones!

Other than that I am going to view another special school on Thursday after I have been to a parent carer talk on transitions – school moves, ect. Which might be handy come April/ may when hopefully Dinky’s statement will be finalised.

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