Private assessments

blizzard

ScotHE
Has anyone got experience of obtaining a private medical assessment for their Home Educated child?

I am looking specifically at an Autistic Assessment for a child.

Many thanks
 
Has anyone got experience of obtaining a private medical assessment for their Home Educated child?

I am looking specifically at an Autistic Assessment for a child.

Many thanks
Hi Blizzard,

Do you mean an assessment to see whether a child is autistic or an assessment for a child who has already been diagnosed?

We've had/have heard of a few over the years.

The Autistic Society used to offer an all round assessment, not used that one personally but remember reading up on it and it did seem very comprehensive (as well as very expensive!).

There was doctor (Mark something) who was talked about quite a bit in home ed circles, he specialised in autism, I think, and either home educated his own kids or was very supportive of it, something like that. I can't remember his surname now but if you post on the HE UK Special mailing list I'd imagine someone on there has a better memory than me and can fill you in.

We had a very good assessment at The Sound Learning Centre in North London; no good if you need a diagnosis as they don't label but they did what is still the most comprehensive assessment of my son's brain and central nervous system; very helpful to me personally as they focused on the sensory issues and I found their information very useful to wave under people's noses from time to time.

We also went to Bibic, a charity in Somerset, who do a sort of all round assessment, again I don't think it's one that offers a diagnosis but more to do with sensory issues and so on. I personally didn't find that one terribly helpful but I know other people who thought they were brilliant so it might be worth looking into.

More recently we had an assessment with the Neurodisability Team at Great Ormond Street - we got that on the NHS but they do offer it privately as well. I was a bit miffed with the written report which had a few comments about lack of socialisation and my son not having opportunities to be around other children but nonsensical statements aside, the actual assessment of his capabilities and where he stands educationally was thorough and I have found it useful in planning ahead, plus waving bits of paper with Great Ormond Street written on the top seems to make other medical people happy as well; they can do a formal diagnosis if that's what you need at the mo.

Do feel free to PM me if you want to, but hope one of those might be useful for you. Will post anything else I think of (brain doesn't seem to work for more than a couple of hours a day anymore :) ).
 

LillianJacks

New member
I don't think we'll be able to go there as my daughter will be 16 in Sept and it will take a while to save the money. If we missed the May appointments it would be Sept and they say on their website they don't normally see children post 16. I'm not sure I'm so keen on her being seen by multiple people at the same time either, I know she wouldn't like it at all. It seems very overpowering and overbearing. It is my daughter who wants an assessment, we're supportive either way. There seems to be implied instant involvement by numerous angencies too. I'm not sure she'd want that at all. She just wants a straightforward assessment. Thanks for the info.
 

blizzard

ScotHE
Sorry for the belated response. The information you have provided is very useful and I will look into this further.

I want to send my child for an assessment to find out if they are on the autistic spectrum, and if this is indeed the case, where they fit into the range.

Best wishes
 
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