We didn’t go to see her in for an understanding of Language Assessment a few weeks ago because Cameron had Gastroenteritis.
Meeting started off well, talking about Cameron’s strengths and what he had improved on.
Then it got round to the Speech Therapists turn. She brought out her little document that she had recorded the 45 minute assessment on and claimed that Cameron was indeed on the Autism spectrum having scored 14 points. 12 were needed to be put on there.
So I explained once again, so everyone is clear that we are NOT doing an assessment for Autism as he doesn’t have it. You CAN NOT make a diagnosis of Autism after a 45 minute appointment!!!
Then the meeting turned into the battle ground it did at the last one. Me fighting it out with the Speech Therapist trying to disprove everything she was saying that Cameron had problems with.
I asked for actual speech therapy but she believed it was too soon for Cameron to be attending as she still needs to assess his understanding.
Its all complete bollocks, it really is. I just broke down in tears. It shouldn’t be this hard. Cameron should just get the help he needs.
So where do we go from here?
Cameron will be assessed with his understanding at nursery at the end of June. Hopefully if he ‘passes’ this, he will finally be referred over to have proper Speech Therapy.
The next TAC meeting will be in September.
In the meantime all Matt and I can do is try to help him at home the best we can. Our method of breaking down words seems to be working, slowly, but it is working. I asked for this to be done in the nursery setting but the Speech Therapist argued against it. I think I will have a word with his nursery after half term.