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Hi there

Just looking for some advice. The prob is that i am new ish to England from north of the border and am not sure of the way to approach this.

 

Got a little 4 year old who has aspergers and dyspraxia (not diagnosed yet) He was assessed by an early years Ed Psych and has got 15 hours funding for a TA prior to starting reception. i am quite experienced in dealing with ASD and have been quite happy dealing with him so far. I have written a referral letter to his GP and the school nurse. He should be having Speech Therapy, Occupational therapy and should be attending some kind of Saliva Control clinic as well as possibly receiving some kind of specialist teacher input for a few hours a term?

 

He is becoming increasingly more problematic. His behaviour is causing me major concern because he is becoming a danger to himself and others. i am recording every single move he makes to show the SENCO but he keeps fobbing me off saying ' these things take a lot of time, an ED Psych needs to diagnose him, blah, blah...' He has already been to hospital with a split head. i am concerned that he needs a constant one to one to ensure his safety and the safety of others as he has no awareness of danger.

 

Can emergency meetings be called to apply for more funding for hours etc. Surely the Ed Psych dept wouldn't put him on their list for 6 months time if he is in crisis now?

 

Should i write a formal letter to my SENCO detailing my concern so that if something does happen then i have at least registered my concerns formally. Would this get me into trouble? It feels like i'm waiting on a disaster to happen. You'll be reading about my 4 year old choking to death on a bottle top in class or something awful like that...

 

Does the English system take so long? I don't understand it and all the initials that go with it. Help me please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Sorry to spout off like this

xxx

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Hi moo.

 

It can take an inordinately long time. There are emergency measures that can be taken although your school will need to do that, not you. As the class teacher you do sound as if you are doing everything you need to.

 

It is a few years back and Im no longer in the same work place and I cant remember exactly what we did but we had 2 children who caused us concerns re their behaviour and the saftey of the adults and children as well as themselves. One we excluded when his behaviour was too bad which made the LEA sit up and the other I know I told my head I would refuse to teach, but whether she actually played that card to access support Im not sure. He was also excluded for his own saftey when the situation warranted it. Even a go home and dont come back until tomorrow exclusion helps at least defuse the situation for everyone. It seemed extreme for Reception and we did not do it lightly.

 

Hope someone else can offer you some other ideas.

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Hi Moo

You seem to have done as much as you can, I think putting it in writing might make it more official, Im not sure how Heads take being told what to do as I'm in a pre-school.

I do sympathise though as I passed on a child last year who has had a statement and is Austitic the school new that he had major problems but allowed him to start, without an one to one, consequentially the TA one day in his second week left him outside the classroom while she went and got something and he wandered into another class with a teacher who didn't know his problems and when she tried to usher him out he became violent and hit the teacher. A great shame as it could have been avoided. he has been excluded and is now having home tutoring until the school system can sort something out!!!!!!

considering that the problems were there 2 years before and well diagnosed the school sytem sometime takes to long or there just is not the money or staff to look after SEN children. It is a great shame but very difficult to overcome, at least down where we are it is. (as south as you can go without hitting France) :oxD

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Thanx for your replies guys!!!

I ended up having a blow-out and making myself be heard. Not the best way to do things but at least the SENCO is listening now and seems to be doing something.

Thanx for your advice

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