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Getting a statement

JetJet Member Posts: 1
edited September 2014 in Education and learning
My son is due to start school in september & he has recently been diagnosed with ASD. He is very high functioning in some ways - reading fluently & strong maths skills - so I suspect that he will not get a statement without a battle, but i also believe he needs a statement in order to thrive at school for all of the social skills. Without it the teacher will struggle to control his behaviour. Does anyone know of how I can beat the system and get him the help he needs. I know that you have to shout loudly, i just dont know who to shout at! Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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  • HeatherHeather Member Posts: 171 Listener
    Hi. Never give up! Remember, as a parent of an ASD child you will become a good shouter! You will need to get people on your side, consultants, nursery staff etc Don't pay for private assessments unless you really need to. LEA tend to frown at private reports as they believe parents pay professionals to say what they want them to say! Contact IPSEA...brilliant support and guidence through the entire system...and believe me, it's a mind field! But remember you are not alone. If they say no to you, they have also said no to thousands of other parents, but that doesn't mean they are right. MPs are there as a bit of clout to show you are serious. The earlier you start the process the better the intervention. GOOD LUCK!
  • AndrewAndrew Member Posts: 3
    Hi,

    It may be possible for you to seek legal advice as well.

    As your son is under 18, he is eligible for legal aid. There do exist specialist law firms who will take on such a case. We spoke to Irwin Mitchell, who opened a legal aid book in our daughter's name and took the case on for us.

    Once we went down this route, the local authorities very quickly became more reasonable so we didn't need to pursue it too far. However, the process was extremely useful in that the solicitor advised on the contents of the statement.

    Key to a successful statement is all about attention to detail. Specify the staffing ratio, daily curriculum and timings. eg at 9am he'll be doing this, at 9.10am he'll be doing this. At 9.30am he'll be doing this, etc.

    Don't let them write something vague, as then it's open to interpretation.

    Irwin Mitchell Disability team is here:

    http://www.irwinmitchell.com/servicesforyou/adminpubliclaw/Disabilitylaw/Pages/default.aspx

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