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    Regional NSW.

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    In Victoria if a teacher/school feel that a child may be gifted then the education department has the child assessed. There is no cost to the parent although the wait may be a while. Has the school suggested this?

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    No, they said I need to organise it myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beebs View Post
    I guess what I mean is, when I read about behaviours shown by each, they seem to overlap a lot of the time? I've also read that some Asperger's children have been told the were "gifted" and no mention of ASD and some gifted children were given a diagnosis of "aspeger's" when they weren't. And that you can also be both Gifted and Aspeger's

    My dilemma is whether to try and come up with $1200 to have an assessment at Aspect - when it might not even be that. Or should I try and get him into an educational psychologist and see what they say first?

    Or should I just forget the whole thing. The school wants him to be assessed, they say he is above level for some things, but that he also doesn't listen and follow class direction and that kind of thing.

    $1200 seems an awful lot of money if we aren't on the right track...
    I guess you need to work out what will change with a diagnosis either way. Does a diagnosis of ASD/ aspergers give you funding? I'm pretty sure that 'giftedness' won't get you anything.

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    It depends on his issues but can you talk to your GP about whether he qualifies for a care plan that means you get subsidised private psychology visits for him? A private psych assessment should be fine, rather than going through Aspect. $1200 is a lot.

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    No it won't 4under - he is too old to qualify for funding. But I think the school can still claim stuff with ASD kids, aides and stuff.

    But that is exactly my point, either way - he doesn't need speech or OT or anything.

    Mim, I think I'll go to a private Psych - although I am really not even sure why. His behaviour at school is minor, I swear he comes home with awards every day - surely he can't be that bad if he gets awards all the bleeding time!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by beebs View Post
    No it won't 4under - he is too old to qualify for funding. But I think the school can still claim stuff with ASD kids, aides and stuff.

    But that is exactly my point, either way - he doesn't need speech or OT or anything.

    Mim, I think I'll go to a private Psych - although I am really not even sure why. His behaviour at school is minor, I swear he comes home with awards every day - surely he can't be that bad if he gets awards all the bleeding time!!
    It could be worth your while asking if the school is able to do a cognitive assessment... See what they say..

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    You know your son best. If you feel it would be beneficial to have a formal diagnoses to help understand & guide you then go for it. I am so glad we had our ds tested. I have learnt so much and been able to handle his anxiety & perception of the world better than if I hadn't been exposed to what his psych has taught us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarylee View Post
    You know your son best. If you feel it would be beneficial to have a formal diagnoses to help understand & guide you then go for it. I am so glad we had our ds tested. I have learnt so much and been able to handle his anxiety & perception of the world better than if I hadn't been exposed to what his psych has taught us!
    I hope you don't mind me asking but what are some of the things that the psych has taught you? I have always had a feeling that DS1 is gifted. He is doing fine in school at the moment because he has a fantastic teacher who expands his knowledge where he needs it. However, he has always suffered from anxiety, even from really young. I was wondering if it was something that I should seek help for.

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    I'd be interested in what your Psych said too

    My son sounds the same giz, shocking anxiety. Always asking really deep questions about life and death. Has an insane memory etc.


 

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