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      Depression, Mental Health and Crisis Support   06/04/2017

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  1. what do I do now?

    hi thanks for that. We do try at home i try painting, couring crafts etc he will scribble a bit on the paper with alot of encouragement but it never looks like anything. The Senco thought it was best for him to stay in nursery.. he tried reception for a few weeks last Sept he didnt cope at all. I will get in touch with those people about a statement.
  2. what do I do now?

    My little boy age 5 has been intergrated in to Reception this year he was been in nursery since he was 3. He Has a diognosis of Autism. He sees a speech therapist in school once a week. thats all the help he gets. Even though they all know he needs more I dont know what to do or how we move on from this. Every time I speak to the teacher they say he is doing well. But at home we dont see it he cant write or even hold a pen. There is one teacher and one TA with 30 kids. I just dont know where to go from here. I spoke to the HT at school and asked about a statement them seem to think im getting ahead of myself. The Senco who has been really great was the nursery teacher is off ill know for the forseeable future. Can anyone help of give some advice on what I should do? Many thanks
  3. Delayed entry to primary school

    I am the the same situation. My son who is 5, 6 in Feb has been going to nursery (mainstream) since he was 3 so 2 half years. This Sept after a few week prior to the six weeks hols the school tried to intergrate him into reception. So know whats where he is. He has a diognosis of Autism. Im am not getting any help with him in school. He sees a speech therapist in school once a week. I have tried to speak to the school about his needs it is a problem and i have no clue whats going to happen. the head has said he is going to see what help he can get I would appreciate some advice on what to do???? I have found that being in nursery for the legnth of time he has has really helped him as he took so long to "get" what nursery was about and using it to its full advantage.
  4. I found this while trying to find one 2 one swimming lessons for my 5yr old son. Here is the link http://www.activenew...istic-swimming/ Hope its helpful
  5. melatonin and change in sleep

    hi we have the wind down time its just like a switch that goes of and he dances about ect.. he doesnt communicate very well and finds it hard to understand what we want from him. Him being on his meds have really helped him alot with winding down as he doesnt switch on and he gets some sleep as before he wouldnt get to sleep til after 12 and we would have to drag him up in the morning. We cant really say its nightmares like i said he couldnt communicate that i dont think so though as he isnt upset when he comes in.
  6. My son is 5 he is on 4mg of melatonin for 2 months fast acting as he has real trouble getting top sleep. He would wake every night around 2 then go back to sleep I could live with that but the last week or 2 he has heen waking at 4.30- 5.30 and hes wide awake and wont go to back to sleep. Then 10am he is tired which is to be expecteted. what do i need to do?
  7. Melatonin Q

    Thanks for that I did think it was the slow release version of them. but I guess not
  8. Melatonin Q

    My son has been on melatonin 2mg since the 9th may so not long but its working like a charm, he is asleep aprox an hr after taking it. Which has been great as i have been able to go to bed before midnight which I have never been able to do in 5yrs. I have been keeping a sleep diary and my son is waking up very early from 5am. Is this normal for kids on melatonin the Dr said if its not working after two weeks to up the dose to 4mg. Would this help him stay asleep longer..? I know its to help him wind down which is working, but the waking early is not helping as he is still not getting enough sleep. any suggestions please??? many thanks
  9. Melatonin

    We have just been perscribed melatonin for my Lo he has 2mg he is 5.. were where told take 2mg for 2 weeks if it doesnt have effect up it to 4mg. We got the caplets and was told to put them in a drink. Its night two its almost 9pm and he has been asleep for 40mins.. Peace!!! It takes an hr or so to take effect.
  10. Meeting on wed need help

    My sons 5 he is currently going to nursery at a mainstream school. He has a diognosis of Autism. A special needs speach therapist sees him in school. His teacher is the Senco. other than that and the hospital drs who diognossed him thats all the people involved that i know of.
  11. We are all getting together this Wednesday at the school and Im wondering what to expect and what questions i should be asking, Our main worry is bout his school he is still staying in nursery and has been there for 2 years and he really needs to move up to reception but i really am not sure if staying in mainstream is the way to go. I contacted parents in partenship, snd i have been in touch a lady who is going to come to this meeting she has already been through the process and can help so that will be a good support. any advise would be greatly appreciated thanks
  12. We have a Diagnosis

    Yesterday we had an appointment at the hospital with the drs that have been seing my son a few times and they have reached a diagnosis.. i thought this was quite fast so i was worried they have only seen my son twice once in a play session at the hospital and once once in school. I was told it moved faster than normal because my son is seeing a special needs speech therapist for some time and she has sent them a report as well as some other people that have been involved with my son. So the diagnosis Autism! Not that we where suprised we knew that was the case but it fealt good to know that its "official" I have already been in touch with Banardos who have been very helpful and given me info and advice. And today when I took my son to school the teacher who is the SENCO told me the dr called yesterday and we have an appointment for everyone involved with my son on the 13 April. So things are moving along .. just not sure wthat will happen.. after!!!
  13. Yesterday I took my son went to the hospital for a play session. The Dr's have been to visit us at home a few weeks ago.To be honest I wasn't really sure what to expect. I was asked to sit and watch and answer questions if needed. There were two Dr's one just sat and watched and wrote notes. They other Dr sat with my son and played some games. I didn't think he would interact with the Dr as much as he did, but he did it with his own agenda. She tried to engage him the toys. but all he kept doing and repeating " putting him in the trunk" I counted 42 times it was a girl doll. Is it the norm for ASDs to use the term "he" all the time even when its a woman/girl? Other games included an imaginary game where she wanted him to pretend to brush his teeth. He didn't have any interest and couldn't do it, however when she got out some soap and a towel and asked him to wash his hands he proceeded to say "I'm cleaning" while he was wiping the table with the towel. the Dr also tried to tell him about her pond at home with frogs my son didn't have any interest in this and ignored her. He didn't answer any of her questions at all. One big thing I did notice was he didn't give eye contact and he looked around the room as in a daze, as well as when she was trying to speak to him. This was very new to me I haven't seen him do this. I found that hard to watch. They are going to visit him next week to see him with his peers. So things are moving along. I hope it went well I'm not sure does anyone have any comments as it would be much appreciated. Thanks
  14. My little ones school is alright the fact he is staying in nursery instead of reception where he should be, is a little worrying but its where he copes best im just glad we are moving along.. we all no he has AS but to what extent. chin up xx
  15. Well 1st appointment went quite well roman played upso thats a good thing i think.. we have another plat session appointment 16th march. So its moving along