my daughter is five and is in reception year at primary school. We held her back a year bc of delays w speech and other issues.
She has struggled a lot and due to problems with her behaviour she is currently only doing half days at school. She was recently diagnosed, though she was obviously on the pathway to diagnosis for some time prior to this. I feel it is clear that she needs extra support at school but this is just not forthcoming and it has been made clear to me that it will be a long time before any is available (I know that getting an EHCP is hard but it feels like she won’t be getting any support until the summer term at the earliest).
I wondered if anybody else has experienced this? I feel like it is so bad for her that she is not getting to go to school full time and it feels like it is down to a lack of resources for them to handle her rather than out of the school’s concern for her. I feel like she and we are being fobbed off. I just don’t know what to do and I’d love to hear other people’s experiences.
Thanks so much.
I am really sorry to hear that you are struggling to get the support you need for your daughter at school.
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.
There specific information here about EHC assessments and plans: https://www.autism.org.uk/about/in-education/extra-help-in-school/england/ehc-assessment.aspx and https://www.autism.org.uk/about/in-education/extra-help-in-school/england/ehc-plans.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.
I hope that helps.