Children do not receive a ‘diagnosis’ of special educational needs. Children will only receive a diagnosis if they have a medical need.
If you are concerned that your child has a medical need such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Autism, you can make an appointment with your General Practitioner expressing your concerns and the need for your child to be referred to the Community Paediatrician. The SENCO can also make a direct referral to the Community Paediatrician. If the referral is accepted, you will receive an appointment with a paediatrician, who will give you further information and an assessment may begin.
If you are concerned that your child has a learning difficulty such as Dyslexia or Dyscalculia, the SENCO can make a referral to the STT. A Specialist Teacher works at our school half a day every two weeks. She can identify if a pupil has difficulties consistent with Dyslexia or Dyscalculia and provide advice about how best to support their needs.
If you are concerned that your child has a speech and language difficulty, the SENCO can make a referral to the SALT based at the Johnson Community Hospital. A therapist may then assess and identify if a pupil has a specific speech and/or language difficulty and provide advice about how best to support their needs.
Referral time can vary depending upon the outside professional/agency involved. Referrals to the NHS (Community Paediatrics and SALT) take considerably longer, on average it can take between three to four months to receive an appointment. Not all pupils will receive a diagnosis and/or decision. Where diagnoses are made, this can take a considerable time depending upon the individual. In many cases, a diagnosis follows several appointments, which could take more than a year.
With or without a diagnosis we will put support in place for your child. If it is very clear that a pupil has a difficulty we will do everything that we can to support them.
If a diagnosis is made, we will ask advice from the relevant outside professionals/agencies about how best to help the pupil. This advice will be identified on the pupil’s PLP and shared with you and/or discussed at a meeting. We will put this advice in place straight away or once the relevant resources/equipment has been purchased.