Got the news we had been waiting for today - Son1 has got the Statement of Special Educational Needs we had applied for. Don't have all the details yet and we still have to sort out placement (which if I have anything to do with it will be his current school).
This time last year the head of our school's Learning Support department told me I should apply for a statement for Son1. I thought she was mad, because he is achieving well although his educational profile is uneven and his progress is affected by his social and communication difficulties caused by his Asperger Syndrome. Still, I thought, she wouldn't say it if she didn't mean it. We had been through the process before withour younger son and he is now funded at their independent special school by the Local Education Authority and I didn't relish another trip down the same road. Still, I reminded myself, it's not for you, it's for my boy, took a deep breath and plunged in.
I started out by applying for an assessment, which was initially turned down (see earlier post). After they reversed the decision and carried out an assessment, it went to the area special needs panel yesterday and the news came through that he had been given a statement.
It does beg the question, why was he refused an assessment and then is given a statement and I think this is largely down to the 'new broom' approach at the local LEA.
I now have to convince them that paying for him to attend his current independent specialist school is the right thing to do, so no time to waste! It does show however, that if you do your research, persevere (like I said, I started this path a year ago) and you are sure of your case, then you can come out with the result you believe your child should have.
It may take longer than a year for some, depending on whether you need to appeal, but I was originally told neither of my sons would get a statement and now they have one each. I used the methods I have described on this website (see links at the top of the page) both times. So, anyone reading this who is onthe same road, take heart and don't give up!
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