How will the school get more help for my child?
If your child continues to experience specific problems; a specialist outside agency may be contacted and their advice sought. We have a wide range of agencies who we can obtain advice from. This may mean other professionals coming in to observe, teach or assess your child; as well as completing paperwork. If we want to refer a child we do need parental consent and you will be asked to sign a consent form. Without parental permission an outside agency can not be involved with a child.
What outside agencies can school access?
How can I support my child?
How do I get a diagnosis for my child?
Pupils may receive a diagnosis if they have a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or a medical condition. Pupils do not receive a ‘diagnosis’ of special educational needs.
If you have a concern that your child has a specific difficulty e.g. ADHD or autism then the SENCo can make a referral to the community pediatrician.
If you have a concern that your child has a learning difficulty e.g. dyslexia or dyscalculia the SENCo can make a referral to a specialist teacher from the STS team. We currently have a STS teacher in school one morning each month. The STS teacher provides a report after working with the child which provides advice on how best to support the child’s needs. They can also refer a child to the visual stress clinic.
If you have a concern that your child has a speech and language difficulty the SENCo can make a referral to the speech and language therapy service.
Referrals and diagnosis can vary in time depending on the agency involved and the child.