“So, ASD?” Summed up the CP and (C)CP.
“Yes.” Team MDA all agreed.
The obstructive EP, second of three,
was not there to take care of her employer’s limited budget;
Neither the SaLT,
sprinkled too far and wide,
for therapy aside.
Not PDD-NOS but perhaps PDA,
AS was removed from the DSM-5.
HF ASC as a name means the same,
SPD’s now assumed, (SCD’s going live).
Concluding their input, CNN and HV,
will mail SHD and inform your GP.
The LIO will liase with the MAT at the TAC,
promise you one thing, deliver you jack!
You can request a referral to the JFC,
request on-going input from an NHS OT,
you’ll get an appointment (if you can pay a private fee).
You’ll find one out-of-County through the NAS.
CAMHS will run workshops (but won’t see your son)
on co-morbids (OCD, etc…)
“They’re really quite fun!”
For more than two years
and through all kinds of tears,
we’ve bled dry our pens
for a Statement of SENs –
Armed with a hard copy: DfE’s CoP
and the SENCO’s S.M.A.R.T targeted SA+ IEPs,
fully fight-ready with the MS HT,
supported by AOS and EP number three…
The paperwork landed with the SAMG.
The LEA have agreed to SA!!!
(Under threat of our right of appeal to the SENDIST.)
The outcome will pre-date the unfinished EHC
but may still just amount to a Note in Lieu (SEN CoP, paragraph 8:22).
Don’t tell me PP are independent
’cause we both know that that’s just not true!
The maze that is autism
Comes with no map
And re-arranges at speed –
Hold the rail. Mind the Gap!
Don’t lose your co-ordinates –
The spectrum is vast;
Welcome into our weird world and its atypical cast.
AOS = Autism Outreach Service
AS = Asperger’s Syndrome
ASC = Autism Spectrum Condition
ASD = Autism Spectrum Disorder
CAMHS = Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
(C)CP = (Child) Clinical Psychologist
CNN = Community Nursery Nurse
CoP = Code of Practice
CP = Consultant Paediatrician
DfE = Department for Education
DSM-5 = Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th edition)
EHC = Education Health and Care (plan)
EP = Educational Psychologist
GP = General Practitioner
HF = High Functioning (autism)
HT = Head Teacher
HV = Health Visitor
IEP = Individual Education Plan
JFC = Joint Feeding Clinic
LEA = Local Education Authority
LIO = Local Inclusion Officer
MAT = Multi Agency Team
MDA = Multi Disciplinary Assessment (team)
MS = Mainstream
NAS = National Autistic Society
NHS = National Health Service
OCD = Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
OT = Occupational Therapist
PDA = Pathological Demand Avoidance (syndrome)
PDD-NOS = Pervasive Development Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified
PP = Parent Partnership
SA = Statutory Assessment
SA+ = School Action Plus
SaLT = Speech and Language Therapist
SAMG = Statutory Assessment Modulation Group
SCD = Social Communication Disorder
SENCo = Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
SENDIST = Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Tribunal
SENs = Special Educational Needs
SHD = School Health Department
S.M.A.R.T = Specific . Measurable . Achievable . Realistic . Time-constrained (targets)
SPD = Sensory Processing Disorder
TAC = Team Around the Child
WTF?! = WHAT THE FUCK?!