Hi. My 6 year old son was diagnosed with ASD in January. I'm feeling rather unsupported at the moment and am unsure of the whole process. I haven't had this 'pack' that I am reading about on here. I have school who are having a number of issues and have put my son on a part time schedule with me home tutoring at home in support. They are pressing me to go back for a ADHD diagnosis as problems are spiraling and they have had an independent observation carried out on him by a ADHD specialist. I'm told that they cannot support him in school, that there is no funding for special school and I feel totally lost as to what to do so I'm just following their lead and going back to the Dr. Any advice much appreciated.
This community is a fabulous source of support. Whilst you wait for more responses I am going to give you the number of our Autism Helpline and Education Rights Service.
You may like to contact our Autism Helpline team who can provide you with information and advice. You can call them on 0808 800 4104 (Monday to Thursday 10am to 4pm, Friday 9am to 3pm).Please note that the Helpline does experience a high volume of calls and it may take a couple of attempts before you get through to speak to an advisor.
Please see the following link for further information: http://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/main.aspx
Education Rights Service:
You may find the following information useful.
The following article contains a lot of helpful information about education for a child with an autism:http://www.autism.org.uk/about/in-education.aspx This includes information regarding getting extra support for your child in their education setting.
You can search for schools that cater for children with an autism spectrum disorder on our Autism Services Directory: www.autism.org.uk/directory.aspx
It can help to pass on information specifically for education professionals about autism spectrum disorders. The following link contains information written for education professionals: http://www.autism.org.uk/professionals/teachers.aspx
You may want to contact our Education Rights Service who provides information, support and advice on educational provision and entitlements. Please see the following link for further information: http://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/education-rights.aspx
Hope this helps,