I am new to this post and I am very thankful to all who have shared their advice here.
I am also new to this all; my 4 year old son likely has ASD and am waiting for him to have further assessments an official diagnosis and SEN.
I am really hoping some one reading this would be able to help me with the following
1. Is there any ABA program that can be set up for my son prior to his diagnosis? I do not expect the LEA to fund such a program at this stage so I am planning to pay myself with the hope that once the diagnosis and Statement is in place the LEA will agree to fund this. Am I realistic in this assumption? I need to know before going down this route as I cannot fund the program indefinately - there so much I have saved. But Im willing to use this saved funds here as I have come to beleive that early interventions have better outcome. Sons has been attending mainstream school with no SEN help. No help fullstop. It is completely useless. He is struggling on various fronts- speech/communication and toiletting- has an intense fear of going anywhere but home, now I bring him home after morning session as he is getting frustrated all day. School has no idea on what to do except to wait on diagnosis. Even more frustrating is that we need to wait yet another 3 months for SALT for initial assessment- this after waiting for 2 months already. Thankfully we are to see Comm Paed for intial assessment in 1 month time- as we have already waited for 3 month( will be 4 by the time we see him).
2. I am wondering does private SALT assessment/ Education Psych Assessment- does anything done privately accepted by NHS consultant in making the diagnosis? Or are we to go for an initial assessment and then just wait for everything/everyone in NHS to reach a decision?
3. If I can have private assessments can anyone suggest where/who to turn to please? Dont want to go to a clinic where the sole idea of its establishment is to generate false income and scare me with exagerating son's condition.
4. I am based in Warrington and would like to know if any one can recomend an ABA Consultant/Programe locally. I have read about PEACH -they are fairly expensive. Is there any other suggestions?
Best regards to all.