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ahh thats good. Are there many then? I don't suppose it says if they specialise in anything such as ASD!? You should try googling them aswell, I looked at a few in my area recently just out of interest and it had pictures of their facilities online! also, it had e-mail contacts for them, maybe you could e-mail a few for information instead of phoning them all. Atleast with e-mail you have it written down infront of you and you can refer back to it at any time rather than being bamboozled by all the info over the phone! Smile

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im just going to phone and arrange to visit 2 a week at the most, im not rushing into such a big thing all at once. the headteacher advised me to have a visit at a school called greenacre they have a website which i was looking at last night - it looks great and i cant wait to visit.

ive asked around what to do next and keep getting told that its the schools job to do it, but i want to play an active part in every step. so there no point me going and pestering school if i havent even bothered to do the first thing she had asked me to do. so i will probably phone them this afternoon. im not sure exacty what to say - when i relay what has happened it comes out as school cant teach him any more. then people seem to be offened and want me to be mad at the school and expect them to just have to put up with him. not that for a while now even with everything in place and the one - to - one, hes unable to cope and isnt learning things and he actually losing his basic reading writing and listening skills. so its been a joint decision between myself and school that he should move to a play based special school or unit that can can give him the education he needs. and what do i say is wrong with him? undiagnosed asd?
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I would just cut a long story short and say your son is in mainstream at present and is suspected to be autistic, that he isn't coping and the school are now going through the process of arranging for him to move to a special school in order to meet his care needs. Say they have given you a list to work your way through with visits etc. I would also mension that your daughter is autistic and you would like to hopefully find a school that meets both their needs. Just say you would like to arrange a visit to discuss their needs in more detail. I wouldn't bother with all the stuff about the senco etc, just say that his needs cannot be met mainstream!
I would make greenacre your virst visit Smile do you know if that would be suitable for your daughter aswell??

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well ive been a busy girl. i attended a meeting called 'rainbow shine' which is for parents of diagnosed children with ASD. it was great i got chatting with a woman and i got information about schools. my son might not be accepted because they havent diagnosed him yet. then the places for special schools and units are few and far between. it was nice to chat with other parents. i also learnt that children can be diagnosed at a meeting (ive forgot what its called) where 3 health professionals agree that he is on the autistic spectrum. who counts as a health professional who would beable to say he has ASD?

this morning i had another meeting with the headteacher and i told her about him probably needing a diagnosis. she had recently met with my sons educational pschylogist (sp?) about his progress and discussed him being taught in a special school or unit. so i asked her did he think he had ASD? he has said he needs to go to a unit but they are skirting round the ASD saying its speech problem. but the headteacher says she will support me in my son having a diagnosis and that she will help me say that this speech and langauge thing is nosense.

who ever she called at the education board must have tried to discourage her because she said in so many words that she wouldnt beable to say it was her decision for him to go - it has to be my decision first and then she can support me. seems like theres lots of red tape and catch 22's all in place to make it very long and drawn out. shes still going to do everything she can for us.

he has a doctor assesment in december and i hope to have his blood work done before then. then his statement review as well as the meeting to talk about whats going wrong is in january. so it seems like a long time but its actually not.

i telephone greenacre, and i have a viewing on the 24th. i asked over the phone whether they accepted Children without diagnosis and she only said that on the day the lady im going to see will know all about the legal side.

how could i get him diagnosed quickly??
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feels like a rollercoaster ride this education business!!! well with the head teacher coming back to me and saying as i posted before that she couldnt say that my son had to go on to a special school and that it had to go to review of his statement of special needs. so ive asked them to write a report highlighting his strengths and difficulties and most importantly what i can actually say. but off the record the headteacher still says she believes he should have specialist teaching in a play based environment.
the advice on what to do in the time between his review was to visit special schools and units, so i was going to visit one a week. i got a visit at greenacre which is our main special school and in 2011 that will be the one that will specialise in different disabilities. and then i phone another school that has a unit attached. they were really nice and even went on to say that the headteacher would want to show me round personally, so that she would get back to me when she got back from a meeting. i explained over the phone about my son and daughter. so by the next day i had no call so i called them. the receptionist was really blunt and cold, she said that the headteacher had phoned inclusion services yesterday. a lady (they gave me her name and number) had told them not to let me visit and that they wouldnt speak to me further until after the review in january. i felt shocked, a woman who ive never met had more or less put a ban on me just visiting a school. well the tears came after that for all morning. in the afternoon i spoke to my son current headteacher who was lovely about the whole thing said in her whole history of working as a headteacher she had never across someone having being stopped from visiting. she gave me a number to ring for the main person of the inclusion team. she was lovely too, i told her about my trouble and explained that having these visits for my son AND DAUGHTER were my way of coping. she was aware of my sons file, and i quizzed her about the upcoming review. i did feel better, although she couldnt understand why someone would stop me from having a visit. she said that i would possibly get an apology from this woman who had stopped the visit, as other than them having staff shortages she said noone could stop anyone from having a viewing of schools.

today i have recieved a phone call from another lady from inclusion services and she has arranged me 2 visits and is even going to meet me and show me round. so very far from being 'banned'. i think the main thing they were expecting me to rant and rave, i tried to keep a level head - although if i had got through to that woman when i was in tears. i but dont plan on forgetting at all but rather using it at the right time if needed.
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