Q:

Can you remember who first suggested you needed a Needs Assessment? Who where they? Why did they make this suggestion?

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02 May 2021
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  • 23 May 2022
  • Yes

    Complex

    My son has been unable to attend school due to extreme anxiety since December. Our psychologist has encouraged us to apply for a needs assessment. She thinks it is clear the school isn't meeting his needs as he is unable to attend. 

    M

    May 230
    SEN family

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  • 21 Mar 2022
  • Yes

    Complex

    I had for years a really deep feeling that something wasn't quite right with the way my son communicated and responded to changes in routine. I kept asking his teachers what they thought but they said: he's just quiet, he's really well behaved in school, don't worry. We had big problems with his coping mechanism at home, he'd come home after school super hyper, really stressed, on a knife edge about lots of small things. We didn't feel comfortable revealing too much to the school, for various reasons, so they didn't have the full picture. Finally, I went my GP for help, who was great and got him seen by CAMHs but we hit lockdown and the sessions stopped. In desperation, we went private for assessments and it turns out my son is ASD/ADHD. Next step, I think, is to start a 'parent requested needs assessment' from the local authority.

    O T

    O T
    Family with ADHD, ASD, dyslexia

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  • 28 Jan 2022
  • Yes

    Other

    It was the professionals who diagnosed my child with autism and her paediatrician. It was clear that she had been struggling at school in a number of different ways, but new to the SEN world, I had no idea where I could get more support for her. I also had a huge amount of help from another parent of SEN children who volunteers of ISPEA. 

    Liz Chappell

    Liz Chappell
    Support SEND Kids

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  • 20 Dec 2021
  • Yes

    Complex

    It was the staff at my local Sure Start playgroup who noticed that my daughter couldn't access the craft activities in the same way as the other kids her age. She would have been about 3 as I was on maternity leave after her sister was born. They were amazingly supportive and compassionate and offered good practical advice on who to approach and in what order, with the end result that by the time she started nursery at our local primary school she already had a statement of special needs and all the support that comes with that. Remember Sure Start? Lots of families like us are probably slipping through the net and getting diagnosed a lot later now that this doesn't exist in the same way any more. A great loss.

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  • 16 Jun 2021
  • Yes

    Simple

    It was my son's Senco who suggested it as he was struggling to cope in class due to several reasons. Plus he had his autism diagnoses by then.

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  • 15 Jun 2021
  • Yes

    Complex

    The school SENCO suggested a speech and language assessment after my son had been in nursery for a few months. The speech therapist attached to the school did an observation, then she referred us to (i) a series of individual speech therapy sessions and (ii) a paediatrician at the local CAMHS for an initial discussion about possible autism. While that process was ongoing my son moved into reception, where the (new) school SENCO and class teachers quickly realised he needed more support.

    One important point the SENCO explained to me was that in order to get a Needs Assessment the school had to prove they had already sought help and implemented recommendations. So before we started down the EHCP route, the school arranged for observations from the local autism outreach team and spent a couple of months following their advice.

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