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Child DLA

Dawsons Member Posts: 4 Listener
Hi, we have just applied for DLA for our 6 yr old daughter and wonder if we will be successful or not. The wait is awful. 
We have applied as she has many different difficulties. 
She is under the paediatrician, he said he suspected cerebral palsy or similar. She has had a CT scan of her brain, which was normal. She has also had an MRI scan brain and spine under a GA which is normal. We have a review/appt for a diagnosis in July. Not too sure if a child can have a normal MRI and still be diagnosed with CP or not? 
Anyway we have applied for DLA and her teacher wrote a really great supporting statement which I am hoping will help. 
Just wondered if there are any others in this situation or further down the process who can get in touch? Its a strange place to be. 
Outlining her difficulties;
She struggles to walk, her left side is weak and she throws her left leg when she walks. Falls very frequently, multiple times in the day, complains of pain when walking and after a day at school wakes up screaming in pain during the night as well as her usual daily pain. Over the counter pain relief seems to do little to help. 
Throughout the day she becomes more and more exhausted and falls more, she then also loses control of her bladder and bowel. Gets sent home from school as she has soiled etc. 
She suffers from headaches which make her worse in the clumsy sense, we have had to move her bedroom downstairs as she falls down the stairs more when she has these headaches. 
She cannot read, write, do any school work. Her gross and fine motor skills are really bad. Cant write her own name etc. 
She has terrible short term memory, cant remember what you tell her to do, what she has done, forgets what she is saying. 
Cant eat properly or cut up food.
Barely manages to use the toilet, forgets she needs the toilet. 
Needs supervisions all day and most of the night. School have had to get her one to one support as she cannot keep up at all with any of her class. 
She has terrible night terrors, night pains, wakes up and cant settle - spend around four hours over each night with her trying to sort her out and help. 
Her speech is very poor, people struggle to understand her, even we do most of the time, she seems to know what she wants but cant get the words out, forgets and then gets frustrated. 
She does not have any friends or social time as she cant physically or mentally keep up with anyone. Its really saddening. 
We cant take her many places as she simply cannot cope with the walking and pain. 

Just wondering if anyone else is in similar or was, what diagnosis is or could be in similar circumstances? Also am I wasting time trying to get some help for her? 

Im certain there will be more things that I have forgotten. 

Thankyou in advance.


  • [Deleted User]
    [Deleted User] Posts: 68 Listener
    D l a does not exist do you mean pip no you are not wasting your time 
    Claim every thing you can go to c a b and ask them what you can claim 
  • Dawsons
    Dawsons Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Children under 16 claim DLA only over 16's claim PIP. But thanks.
  • [Deleted User]
    [Deleted User] Posts: 68 Listener
    Right well claim all you can 
  • Zeezee
    Zeezee Member Posts: 78 Pioneering
    Hi DLA is awarded based on how much extra help a child needs in comparison to other children their own age. Not on a diagnosis so in that respect she should be awarded it. My daughter has been receiving DLA since way before she was diagnosed with quad cp.Have a Tribunal next Wednesday because of reduction but that is DWP have decided that Baclofen is a medication for sleeping and because it has not been discontinued that means my daughter now sleeps all night and no longer needs care during the night. Which is complete rubbish. But anyway I hope your successfull x
  • [Deleted User]
    [Deleted User] Posts: 68 Listener
    They will come up with anything so they don't have to pay you 
  • Yadnad
    Yadnad Posts: 2,856 Member
    jim1074 said:
    They will come up with anything so they don't have to pay you 
    They certainly do. Morphine in its many guises, Tramadol, Gabapentin and Pregabalin are described by ATOS as mild pain relief medications much akin to an Aspirin! Consequently those people who are prescribed the above do not have pain that could cause them difficulties. Also I have had it that 150mg Sertraline per day prescribed by a psychiatrist is not indicative of a Mental Health issue.


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