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    Quote Originally Posted by Allie Pallie View Post
    Given his beliefs - he is going straight to HELL!!!!
    No!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm obviously going to hell and I don't want him there with me!! Can't we stick him in limbo or something????

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    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aq_7lNALyGw

    My favourite analysis of the budget so far....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allie Pallie View Post
    Ok, so I wonder if an airline will have bulk buy discounts on one way flights to Scandinavian countries. I'm thinking if getting my family a ticket..... Anyone else want to join me!?......

    I always said I love living in Australia (and most of all Adelaide) but in a few years time, I'm not sure that will be the case - knowing our somehow religious PM still think its appropriate to treat people this way. Given his beliefs - he is going straight to HELL!!!!
    I started reading your post thinking 'honey, you're posting in the wrong thread'. I need another coffee.

    Let's form our own country! I reckon parents could come up with awesome budgets.

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    Ah ok. The thing is, my LO is 4, he spends 5 days a week in a special need unit, at this point in time even that is too much, but we had to take the place in the unit, some years they offer one or two spaces, some years none. I couldn't risk him not getting in so when a place came up we had to take it. He is not high functioning enough for main****** school with an aide.

    Of course, he has good days and bad days, bad more often than not, and at this point in time, I just don't think he would cope with any more time than he already doe. Of course, this is mute for me because I am going back to work, and my husband works shifts, so he is trying to get those two days off. But if I was a single mother, or whatever, I just think forcing people with kids who are special needs to get jobs when they are that young, it may just be detrimental to the kids and family as a whole.

    The problem with this current government, they have shown they really don't give a hoot about anyone who isn't rich - as evident by the fact that they aren't even offering to make health care card holders and pensioners exempt from co-payments etc.

    And totally of topic - absolutely ludicrous that TA's daughter got a scholarship from a Liberal party contributor.


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    He doesn't cope some days, other days are better. He has had an aide but only for a few hours a couple of days a week. He's now in high school and has found the transition really difficult. He has to go to holiday programs and he usually hates it. Somedays so much that she has to come and get him.

    Before he started my sister would have flown to the moon twice before thinking he would cope at after school care. But her husband lost his job and she had to work. So he went to after school care. It took a while but he got there.

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    It really depends on the school, our state school has a special needs unit, and there are some high ASD students in there, when they feel they can cope they move them across to main******, if they feel they won't ever cope, they stay there. They deal with all special needs Down Syndrome, CP, ASD etc. Our principal is very dedicated to SN kids and making their life better. It is up to the school how much funding they are willing to put towards SN.

    This is why I won't consider moving anywhere else, I just can't trust that DS2 would get the help he needs anywhere else.

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    @peanutmonkey My DS had an ASD diagnosis and he isn't entitled to an aide or any support. You need a multi-diagnosis to be eligible for anything now.
    My DS continues to fall further and further behind at school. He has been written off as a bad child and is too difficult for the school to deal with.
    I imagine this scenario would be rather common.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beebs View Post
    It really depends on the school, our state school has a special needs unit, and there are some high ASD students in there, when they feel they can cope they move them across to main******, if they feel they won't ever cope, they stay there. They deal with all special needs Down Syndrome, CP, ASD etc. Our principal is very dedicated to SN kids and making their life better. It is up to the school how much funding they are willing to put towards SN.

    This is why I won't consider moving anywhere else, I just can't trust that DS2 would get the help he needs anywhere else.
    Changes were made at some point before my DS was diagnosed (May 2013), where funding in schools for autism diagnoses was stripped away. Maybe kids already receiving funding got to keep it or they satisfy the multi-diagnosis criteria, as many autistic kids do.
    Our psychologist and the education department have said that's how it is now, the only way to get funding is to get a multi-diagnosis. My DS most likely has ADHD so if I can get that on an official piece of paper, he will at least get funding for an aid a few hours a week. For a placement in a support unit, we need to apply with the education department each term and hopefully get a place. I think the lady I deal with said an assessment of some sorts needs to be carried out at his current school too.

    You are really lucky to have secured a spot at your current school. It's a shame there aren't more places like it around.

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    We had to go through the education department to get the spot. He started school this year though.

    When they say multi,do they include all the things that go hand in hand with a Autism diagnosis? That may have gotten him over the line if that is the case, severe speech delay, severe SPD etc.

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    Changes were made at some point before my DS was diagnosed (May 2013), where funding in schools for autism diagnoses was stripped away. Maybe kids already receiving funding got to keep it or they satisfy the multi-diagnosis criteria, as many autistic kids do.
    Our psychologist and the education department have said that's how it is now, the only way to get funding is to get a multi-diagnosis. My DS most likely has ADHD so if I can get that on an official piece of paper, he will at least get funding for an aid a few hours a week. For a placement in a support unit, we need to apply with the education department each term and hopefully get a place. I think the lady I deal with said an assessment of some sorts needs to be carried out at his current school too.

    You are really lucky to have secured a spot at your current school. It's a shame there aren't more places like it around.

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    PS, I *shudder* to think what would happen to my LO if he didn't get the help he needs. It must be very scary for you

    Have you considered getting in touch with your local MP and seeing if they can help? My mum is always doing things like that - seem to work for her too!

    Quote Originally Posted by HarvestMoon View Post
    Changes were made at some point before my DS was diagnosed (May 2013), where funding in schools for autism diagnoses was stripped away. Maybe kids already receiving funding got to keep it or they satisfy the multi-diagnosis criteria, as many autistic kids do.
    Our psychologist and the education department have said that's how it is now, the only way to get funding is to get a multi-diagnosis. My DS most likely has ADHD so if I can get that on an official piece of paper, he will at least get funding for an aid a few hours a week. For a placement in a support unit, we need to apply with the education department each term and hopefully get a place. I think the lady I deal with said an assessment of some sorts needs to be carried out at his current school too.

    You are really lucky to have secured a spot at your current school. It's a shame there aren't more places like it around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beebs View Post
    We had to go through the education department to get the spot. He started school this year though.

    When they say multi,do they include all the things that go hand in hand with a Autism diagnosis? That may have gotten him over the line if that is the case, severe speech delay, severe SPD etc.
    Yes, I think all those thing would be considered a multi-diagnosis.

    The only thing we have on paper is the ASD diagnosis. I think I lucked out really bad with the psychologist that did the diagnosis.
    I've got the current psych on board, willing to review the diagnosis. From what we spoke about, ADHD will be added and the autism diagnosis updated to reflect the new DSM. We saw a new OT today and she did an assessment and will have a report ready next appointment. We are seeing a speech pathologists next week and our paed who specialises in ADHD. I'm really hoping this is all going to come together, I will have a new report for the school/education department and we will finally get somewhere.

    I did for contemplate seeing the local MP but at the same time figured it will all come down to what's on a piece a paper. The education department said it's really common for specialists to under diagnose young children out of fear of getting it wrong, but at the end of the day they can only consider what's in our current report. Our's isn't enough so no special provisions are made and no extra support is provided.


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    Quote Originally Posted by peanutmonkey View Post
    Can you also broaden the scope too so that the kids who actually need help in school get it, even if they don't have am ASD diagnosis. Watching my bestie's son struggle year after year and the school not helping enough because they don't have an autism diagnosis and watching my poor bestie go to hell and back trying to help him breaks my heart.

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    Ok I will do that. Have to work out how to fund it. Why didn't your friends kid have an autism diagnosis? Was it because he isn't actually autistic or is there a problem with obtaining appointments for diagnosis?


 

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