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Do I need to request an EHCP myself for my 9 year old son who has ADHD?

Ayodamiamu11Ayodamiamu11 Member Posts: 13 Connected
edited October 2020 in Parents and carers
Hello 
Please  my 9yrs boy is diagnosed with ADHD I don't want to put him on medication but the scool  senco said they can't request for EHCP for him that I should request it by myself  am confused what should I do.
Thanks 
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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome,

    Having been through the whole EHCP process myself with my dayghter, it will be a lot quicker if the school requests it. Your GP can also request it but doing it this way will be a lot longer.
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  • Ayodamiamu11Ayodamiamu11 Member Posts: 13 Connected
    Hi poppy123456,
    Appreciate your reply have asked the senco teacher at the school to request it for him, but said he can't that request it myself through the gp as you said and he will be better with medication, that's why I am worried. 
    Thank you. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    I can't advise on the medication part because we are not medical professionals and can't give that advice. You can certainly ask your GP to refer him but it does take longer.

    Did the senco teacher say why they won't refer him?
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  • Ayodamiamu11Ayodamiamu11 Member Posts: 13 Connected
    Thanks
    He said the plan is a long process and that it is not guarantee that he will get one 
  • steve51steve51 Community champion Posts: 7,175 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Ayodamiamu11

    Good Afternoon it’s great to meet you today.

    I am one of a team of Community Champion’s here at Scope.

    It’s great to see that you have already had some good info from Poppy.

    Please let me know if there’s anything else that I can help you with???

    @steve51
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Thanks
    He said the plan is a long process and that it is not guarantee that he will get one 

    From the time the application is made (not the referral) it takes a total of 20 weeks. It's not guaranteed of course but if they do agree the decision will be made at  week 16.

    Once you get to 16 weeks and the decision is made, if they decide no then you can appeal if you think it's not correct.

    The hardest part is getting the to agree to it. Certainly not a easy process. Some links here that may help you.


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  • Ayodamiamu11Ayodamiamu11 Member Posts: 13 Connected
    Thank you appreciate all. 
  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Community Team Posts: 3,210 Disability Gamechanger
    edited August 2020
    Hi @Ayodamiamu11! Welcome to the community, it's great to have you here :)

    It looks like @poppy123456 has already been able to give you some advice and information. As she said, we're not able to provide medical advice, but hopefully you found the links she gave helpful.

    You might find this page on SEN support and the EHCP process useful, and I'd also recommend you have a look through the discussions in the Parents and Carers section of the community. For example, you might find this discussion relevant to your situation.

    Please do let us know if there's anything else we can help you with! I look forward to seeing you around.

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  • Ayodamiamu11Ayodamiamu11 Member Posts: 13 Connected
    Thank you  Tori

  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Community Team Posts: 3,210 Disability Gamechanger
    No problem at all @Ayodamiamu11. Were you able to find any useful information?

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  • KarenO_ScopeKarenO_Scope Member Posts: 24 Courageous
    edited August 2020
    Hello @Ayodamiamu11 and welcome. There is lots of information out there about EHCP and the process and the pages @Tori_Scope has recommended are a great place to start. To access direct support with form filling, and all the steps, your local authority should have a team known as SENDIASS - Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Services. You should be able to find their contact details on your local authority's - Local Offer for disabled children. Hope you get some support with the process.
  • Ayodamiamu11Ayodamiamu11 Member Posts: 13 Connected
    Thanks very much @KarenO_Scope you all have been very supportive.
  • willow12willow12 Member Posts: 280 Pioneering
    I have 5 year old boy with severe complex needs my sons school helped me apply for a EHCP its took 13 months from start too finish but its been worth it as he has been finally awarded it 
  • Ayodamiamu11Ayodamiamu11 Member Posts: 13 Connected
    Thank you @willow12, my son school said they can't apply that I should request it myself,I did and LA Request for report from school again said too busy to provide what LA  want, and assessment was refused due to insufficient  evidence 😥
  • KarenO_ScopeKarenO_Scope Member Posts: 24 Courageous
    edited September 2020
    @Ayodamiamu11 that's so sad to hear that school suggested you apply for an EHCP and did not support the process by providing evidence. It might be worth speaking with the Senco about when the best time would be to make the request again, so they can support the process. If you need further independent advice there is SENDIASS within your Local Authority or IPSEA  an independent charity that offers advice and support on EHCP. I hope you get the support you need for your son.
  • willow12willow12 Member Posts: 280 Pioneering
    Hi Karen school did support me with all evidence it's just been a long process at first he got knocked bk for a assessment so was going to take them court but they rung and said they've over turned it and finally after 13 months hes been awarded it 
  • willow12willow12 Member Posts: 280 Pioneering
    @Ayodamiamu11 why will school not help you apply for a EHCP ? It was my sons school that helped me it has been a long road and very frustrating for me but its took 13 months start too finish and hes been awarded it just keep pushing the school I would 
  • willow12willow12 Member Posts: 280 Pioneering
    I have 2 lil boys with complex needs my oldest son has downs syndrome and learning problems my boy twin has autism epilepsy a non symmetrical brain 1 of the holes in his brain is slightly bigger than the other he also has hyper mobility and learning problems and sensory issues my 3 year old is getting tested for autism in November and fragile x syndrome 
  • willow12willow12 Member Posts: 280 Pioneering
    Twice now I have went through the EHCP process this time round was harder than the first time 
  • Ayodamiamu11Ayodamiamu11 Member Posts: 13 Connected
    Thank you @ KarenO_Scope, that was the word of the Senco , that too busy and provide evidence I have contact the IAS  they are helping me through...
  • Ayodamiamu11Ayodamiamu11 Member Posts: 13 Connected
    Thank you @ willow12, do not why I thought they should be working in the interest of the child? But don't know...
  • willow12willow12 Member Posts: 280 Pioneering
    Ignorance on behalf of the school that 
  • willow12willow12 Member Posts: 280 Pioneering
    Do you have a chams worker for your child?
  • Ayodamiamu11Ayodamiamu11 Member Posts: 13 Connected
    @willow12,no we didn't have ,
    Need support for all, please how do I go about all.
  • willow12willow12 Member Posts: 280 Pioneering
    R right with your son having ADHD I thought u would of had a chams worker I have chams worker for my son you need too go to your doctor he will refer you too a child paediatric team then they will refer you too chams hope this helps I have lots of health professionals involved with 3 of my children they all filed reports for both of my sons EHCP 
  • willow12willow12 Member Posts: 280 Pioneering
    Its just normally you would get a chams worker for a diagnosis of adhd that's why I asked 
  • Ayodamiamu11Ayodamiamu11 Member Posts: 13 Connected
    Thank you @willow12 it does help will call the GP.
  • willow12willow12 Member Posts: 280 Pioneering
  • Ayodamiamu11Ayodamiamu11 Member Posts: 13 Connected
    Hello,
    Please as any one gone through the mediation for refusal to assess for ehc, please share what I need to gather and what to say at the meeting,my head is all over...
    Thank you all
  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Community Team Posts: 3,210 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Ayodamiamu11 :) I haven't been through the process myself, and I couldn't find a huge amount of information online after a quick search, but the Civil Mediation Council have a bit of information on their website about what a mediation might be like

    Hopefully one of our members will have been through it, and will be able to provide you with some more insight. 
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  • Ayodamiamu11Ayodamiamu11 Member Posts: 13 Connected
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    I can only assume that the school has refused to refer him because they don't agree that the EHCP is needed. It will be impossible to get the process started if there's not enough evidence to show that the EHCP is needed.

    The mediation is for you to put across your case why you think he needs a ECHP.  Is anyone going with you to this meeting? Idealy it should be someone that understands the EHCP process and what exactly is needed regarding the evidence.  If you don't understand the process it's going to be extremely difficult to get your point across.

    This link maybe useful. https://www.ipsea.org.uk/mediation

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