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PIP Face to Face Assessment for 16 year old

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LittleBearCoastal
LittleBearCoastal Community member Posts: 8 Listener
Hi
My 16 year old daughter's face-to-face PIP assessment is on Wednesday.  She only feels comfortable attending wearing noise defenders and not answering questions.  She wants me to speak on her behalf.  Has anyone experience they could share please?  My daughter has had a recent clinical diagnosis of Autism & General Anxiety Disorder.  She has social communication difficulties which lead to panic attacks.  She has recently lost her Nan and 2 family pets.  I have genuine concerns about how this will impact on her mental health if they want her to speak.  I would appreciate any advice.
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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,054 Disability Gamechanger
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    Are you her official appointee? If so then you will be able to answer all questions on her behalf but she will need to attend with you. There maybe a couple of questions at the end of the assessment where the assessor will expect her to answer for herself.

    If she needs to wear the noise defenders then she should wear them.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • LittleBearCoastal
    LittleBearCoastal Community member Posts: 8 Listener
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    Thank you so much for your quick response.  I am not her official appointee.  CAMHS advised us to start the process and then they would complete the form.  My daughter's CAMHS therapist then went on long-term sick, CAMHS couldn't provide any cover so I completed the form and she signed.   I sent a well documented form and evidence of self harm and suicide attempt (pre-diagnosis).  This is all behind her now as she is embracing her Autism and is moving forward  Naively, I thought she wouldn't have to answer questions about cutting up food and taking medication.  

    She will wear her noise defenders but will probably not be in state to speak.

    Thank you again.

  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,982 Disability Gamechanger
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    So sorry to hear about the lack of support you have been left with @LittleBearCoastal. You have done really well to reach out to us.

    I have just responded to your other thread so I'll keep my response short here! However, I do want to also ask you, how are you doing with all of this?

    I recognise this sounds like a really difficult time for you and your daughter. Though, it sounds positive that your daughter is now embracing her autism  :)
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