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

      Depression, Mental Health and Crisis Support   Depression and other mental health difficulties are common amongst people on the autistic spectrum and their carers.   People who are affected by general mental health difficulties are encouraged to receive and share information, support and advice with other forum members, though it is important to point out that this exchange of information is generally based on personal experience and opinions, and is not a substitute for professional medical help.   There is a list of sources of mental health support here: <a href="http://www.asd-forum.org.uk/forum/index.php?showtopic=18801" target="_blank">Mental Health Resources link</a>   People may experience a more serious crisis with their mental health and need urgent medical assistance and advice. However well intentioned, this is not an area of support that the forum can or should be attempting to offer and we would urge members who are feeling at risk of self-harm or suicide to contact either their own GP/health centre, or if out of hours contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or to call emergency services 999.   We want to reassure members that they have our full support in offering and seeking advice and information on general mental health issues. Members asking for information in order to help a person in their care are seeking to empower both themselves and those they represent, and we would naturally welcome any such dialogue on the forum.   However, any posts which are deemed to contain inference of personal intent to self-harm and/or suicide will be removed from the forum and that person will be contacted via the pm system with advice on where to seek appropriate help.   In addition to the post being removed, if a forum member is deemed to indicate an immediate risk to themselves, and are unable to be contacted via the pm system, the moderating team will take steps to ensure that person's safety. This may involve breaking previous confidentiality agreements and/or contacting the emergency services on that person's behalf.   Sometimes posts referring to self-harm do not indicate an immediate risk, but they may contain material which others find inappropriate or distressing. This type of post will also be removed from the public forum at the moderator's/administrator's discretion, considering the forum user base as a whole.   If any member receives a PM indicating an immediate risk and is not in a position (or does not want) to intervene, they should forward the PM to the moderating team, who will deal with the disclosure in accordance with the above guidelines.   We trust all members will appreciate the reasoning behind these guidelines, and our intention to urge any member struggling with suicidal feelings to seek and receive approproiate support from trained and experienced professional resources.   The forum guidelines have been updated to reflect the above.   Regards,   The mod/admin team

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  1. Eurodisney

    Just wanted to say thanks for all your help I will bear all the information you gave me in mind Thanks again xxxx
  2. Eurodisney

    Hi We are considering this as our holiday this year. Has anyone been any tips/suggestion. We will be taking ds who is 6 who has ASD and NT dd who is 4. Ds does have problems with queues sometimes! is it possibe to get passes at Eurodisney so that you dont have to queue like you get at some theme parks in this country? Many thanks Any advice greatfully received Lyns xxxx
  3. The Sound Learning Centre

    Hi My son had AIT about 2 years ago now. There are 2 centres in London which offer AIT and I'm certain it was the Sound Learning Centre we went with in the end. To cut a long story short unfortunatly it did not help my son at all (it was a 2 week course) so i was very dissapointed, but another little boy who was having treatment at the same time as my son was back for his second tretment as the first had helped him. So I suppose all experiences are different! We were also lucky enough to have the treatment funded by our PCT as I remeber it was quite expensive. if you want any more info PM me and I'll tell you a bit more. Good luck with your decision Lyns
  4. Statement help please

    hi My son who is 6 and is quite severly autistic has recntly had his annual review. Anyway to cut a long story short I want written into his statement that he needs 1:1 (he currently receives this for his whole day at school at the moment) and I want written that he needs autistic only provision (he is in an autistic unit at the moment) He has been to a special school of mixed ability and really did not cope. He constantly self harmed and had major tantrums. However we are moving out of the area in September and will have a new LEA. The changes that he has had written in are as follows(his previous statement has hardly anything worth mentioning in it) 1 Access to a broad and balanced curriculum including the natonal curriculum, modified in such a way that is accessible to him. In order to deliver the appropriate approaches it is anticipated jamie will need access to high levels of 1:1 support by staff who have relevant training and expertise in meeting the needs of autism. 2 It is expected that jamie will be supported in a specialist environment that is adapted specifically to meet the needs of pupils with autism including the use of a specialist curriculum. Do you think these statements will support my case for wanting autistic only provision and 1:1 I'm obviously quite worried as change of school will be a major thing for jamie so its going to be really important that his statement is right. Im just a bit concerned that it doesnt quantiy how much1:1 he will need and not sure what high levels mean. Ive tried ringing IPSEA but cant get through and Ive only got another 10 days before I have to reply. Im tempted to just agree with what they have ritten for now just so he can take a new statemnt away with him to a new LEA as his old one is absolute rubbish to be honest. Any advice would be greatly appreciated many thanks Lyns
  5. Hi I want to get an independant educational pschologist to see my son and write a report on him. How do I find a good one? Is ther anyone I can contact who would be able to advise me. many thanks Lyns xxxx
  6. Really bad nights..........

    Hi all Many thanks for your replys. Its so nice to be able to just let it all out sometimes to people who understand so thanks for listening. Hes still been the same in the night and last night he was awake from 1am till 5am and then had a couple of hours sleep and got up at 7am and in that time hhe just kept screaming. I'm going to take your advice and go back again!!!! In fact I might just bypass the doctor altogether (he is the only one in my practice) and just go over to the hospital I just dont care what they think of me. The thing is I know something is bothering him still at night as he has always loved going to bed and has always slept right through, if he ever has woken up he has always settled himself and gone straight back to sleep and it just seems too much of a coinincedence that this has all started from the ear infection. Thank you again and i will let you know how it goes Lyns xxxxxx
  7. Hi I am feeling really down today, I just cant stop crying I'm not sure what to do really. Last week ds had an ear infection and got antibitics and eardrops. Its really difficult to detect when he is ill but he started to self harm (hitting himself, banging head on wall etc) so I knew something was wrong. Anyway this behaviour carried on all week and was especially bad in the night, he wouldnt sleep and all night was trying to hurt himself To cut a long story short he had to have 2 lots of antibiotics but ear infection has now gone. He is really happy in the day and totally back to normal but when it comes to nighttime he starts up the self harming again. He'll maybe go to sleep for a couple of hours and then the screaming and hitting starts again I cant bear it anymore I just dont know what to do his poor little face has bruises all over it and I just cant bear to look at him when hes like that it upsets me so much. I just dont know what to do about this. I'm physically and mentally drained and feel so ill myself. Ive been back to the docs with him and the doc said "what do you want me to do I'm not a miracle worker this behaviour is part of autism I'm afraid" I know noone can really help but I just needed to get this off my chest Thanks for listening Lyns xxx
  8. Non-verbal to verbal

    Hi My son has just turned 6 and totally non verbal. I spent years worrying about this but I've now just accepted it to be honest. As long as he can communicate as best as he can which he does I started PECS with him when he was 2 and he can now also use sign language as well. He is the way he is and if he does talk that would be great but if not then thats just the way its meant to be. He tries so hard and I am so proud of his acheivements. Good luck to you both <'>
  9. how do i get into nursery nursing

    Hi Last year I did a CACHE Early years care and education course which was distant learning at my local college (only had to go to college once a term). I did my placement at a local nursery. It fitted into my life perfectly. I've got my qualification now and the nursery where I ddi my placement took me on term time only and I am now the SENCO there which was exactly what I wanted. I' would contact your local college or you could even contact CACHE to see where they are offering their courses. Good luck and if you want any help pm me Lyns xxxx
  10. Attachment Issues

    Hi Just wanted to tell you I know how you feel. My son will be 6 at the end of April and he is clingy to the extreme like you say its not the same clingy that other children go through its definatly more intense. My son will not leave my side for a second if I sit down he sits down too but not any distance apart he either has to be touching me or literally right on top of me. When I go to the loo he comes too and if I shut the door he sits outside waiting for me. I've kinda got used to it now, and when hes at school and I'm on my own at home it feels kinda strange to not have him shadowing me. I love him to absolute bits but it is physically wearing to have him with me every second of the day!!! The only time I have time to myself is when he goes to bed or when hes at school. Sorry that I dont have any useful advice but I just wanted to let you know that your not alone <'> Take care Lyns xxxx
  11. Keeping it together

    Hi Thanks for reminding me of that poem. I so love it, it really hits home to me. Thanks again
  12. Statement

    Hi We will be moving right out of our area really soon and my son will be moving to a different school. He currently has a statement and is in an autistic unit at the moment on an aba programme. The next school that he goes to he will not be doing aba as i am keen to come away from it but it is on his statement. I was just wondering would it be useful to have a review of his statement before he moves to another school. We saw a school where we hope my son will go to and im sure the headmaster told me it might be useful to do this but I cant remember why he told us this as it was a while ago now. Any ideas/suggestions greatly appreciated Lyns xx
  13. Quick question for nellie!!!!

    Thank you for your help it is much appreciated, unless you know where your looking its really difficult (to me anyway) to find what your looking for in the code of practice Thanks Lyns xxxxxxxxx
  14. Hi nellie Thanks for replying to my post below regarding independant schools. You mention in your post about LEAs not being allowed to have a "blanket policy" as in the SEN Code of Practice. I've had a look through the code of practice and cant find anything related to that in there. Culd you point me in the right direction to where I can find it. In what part of the code of practice does it say this please. Thanks (if you can help) Lyns xxxxx
  15. Hi Does anyones children go to an independant school that is funded by the LEA. Just interested really as our LEA said they would never fund an independant school. Did you have to go to tribuneral? If so what reason did you give that your child would benefit more from an independant school. Just wondering really as I am thinking of doing this. Our LEA dont have specific autistic provision just special schools that have children with autism in them although there is an independant school in the area just for autism. Thanks Lyns xxxxx
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