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I am in the process of amending my son's statement and have a query over therapy.

His statement currently say that he needs to see a physio, OT and speech and language therapist twice a term but doesn't specify for how long.

Do other people have this written into the statement? If so how many visits or how much time have you asked for and got?

My son is non-verbal, in a wheelchair and relies on an adult for all daily care.

Any advice would be very welcome. Thank you.
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(05-25-2011, 11:23 AM)sallyadam Wrote: I am in the process of amending my son's statement and have a query over therapy.

His statement currently say that he needs to see a physio, OT and speech and language therapist twice a term but doesn't specify for how long.

Do other people have this written into the statement? If so how many visits or how much time have you asked for and got?

My son is non-verbal, in a wheelchair and relies on an adult for all daily care.

Any advice would be very welcome. Thank you.
On the statement it will be detailed under a section.
You will possibly find this under non educational provision or non educational needs.
Is this the case?
If so the school are not required to actually commit to anything which is always a worry as they could do little or nothing with this and sadly this is a guidance note for outside proffesionals as the education authority have no power over these services as they are not a part of the local authority.

Although in good schools they will work with this to work alongside your child.
For example our son Euan has alot of this in his statement and these services are provided by proffesionals who will come into the school but during lesson time and school time they incorparate alot of it into lessons in some way or another.
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My son sees the OT and SLT each half term and they give his TA work to do with him and set his IEP targets which are reviewed at the next visit and amended as necessary. Rather than length of visits, I would be asking what they are doing with the time and how they organise the follow up work between visits. In this area, OTs, physios & SLTs usually set activities for the child with targets they work towards and this is usually done by the child’s TA. With all 3 of these therapies the child needs daily practice to learn the new skills, if no one at school is doing anything with him in between sessions then it will be much harder to make progress. So it’s important to make sure that the Statement specifies not just how often he is seen but also what follow up work is to be done, how often it is done and for how long. The professionals should state this in their reports which are then used for the IEPs and the Statement.

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we have the same problem, with my daughters statement she needs help with speech and language and other things, but it doesnt state how much help and so we have had problems with the school not giving her enough support over the past 2 years. We have put in now for a change of placement to a special school and have been told we should be able to get it. I hate it when they take advantage of it though, just because it doesnt state an amount of hours :-(
we have the same problem, with my daughters statement she needs help with speech and language and other things, but it doesnt state how much help and so we have had problems with the school not giving her enough support over the past 2 years. We have put in now for a change of placement to a special school and have been told we should be able to get it. I hate it when they take advantage of it though, just because it doesnt state an amount of hours :-(
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I suppose it depends on the LEA issuing the statement.
My sons statement is very detailed & breaks his support down into very specific areas:

1) SaLT daily intervention to work on PECS & makaton skills building in addition to daily 1 hour sessions of ASSC listening & communication programme, to be reviewed termly.

2) Visually impaired teacher to visit weekly for specialist intervention oto liaise with consultation for regular updates.

3) Physio to monitor mobilty termly

4) OT to monitor physical abilities termly & to provide any nessesary support, tools or intervention.

5) 1-2-1 support to continue while on school premises, inc playtimes & lunchtime also to include any additional after school activities.

6) Regular monthly meetings to take place to review IEP, to be attended by all professionals or a written report to be provided.

Since we moved LEA we are battling as they have reviewed his statement & changed it from mild LD to SLD, we don't want this as it would mean the next primary school would have to be special ed
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