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    Quote Originally Posted by Mod-Degrassi View Post
    @sajimum can you tell me a bit about 'transition'?

    I've heard the term thrown around a lot, but I'm yet to have a discussion about it with the school or anything. Still waiting for a more formal notification about DS's placement so we can move forward with everything.
    I am sure the school will have formal transition programs in place. It's just referring to the way that they help kids transition from kinder to primary school in a positive way. Aiming to familiarise them with the school, the classroom, their teacher and some of the things they might need to do when at school. Also discussions between parents/kinder teacher/teacher, etc. When we were looking at schools, I was surprised at how different each school's transition/orientation program was. The school we chose actually had very limited formal transition (3 x 2-3 hour blocks in the classroom with their teachers). However, most said they would be happy to organise additional days if we felt DD needed it. I made sure to take photos of DD when she was at the orientation days, as well as photos of her classroom, the teacher and teacher's aide, toilets, office, etc. so we could make a book for her to look at over the holidays. We also spent quite a bit of time playing at the school and looking around over weekends while no-one was there. Given your DS is in a supported class, I would imagine they are experts at transitioning kinder kids into school so I wouldn't stress too much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by monnie24 View Post
    Lots of kids starting school ���������������� �

    Does the funding provide SSO etc?

    We have had our second app/revue diagnosis thing and she said Hugo def has ASD. I have been horrible and angry all week. I got a massage and cried the whole time. Isn't it strange you know something's wrong but when you hear it so different. He's level 2 & 1? She said he's very bright and would moreso call him Aspergers but they aren't allowed to say that anymore. I'm having issues with ndis. Like I can't even get paperwork issues ������������

    I am struggling so I think I need some anti depressants I just get flustered so easy.
    Hearing confirmation of diagnosis is so hard, even when you know that it's 'true'. Be kind to yourself and let yourself adjust and grieve. I was really shocked at how upset I was when DD was diagnosed. It is over a year now and it is just our normal now.

    Definitely head to the GP to discuss your mood. Would be worth discussing meds and/or a psychologist, especially through this time of adjustment for you.

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    Do any of you have multiple diagnoses for your kids?
    For example, I see people referring to their kids as having ASD and SPD. Whereas my son, he has an official diagnosis of ASD and his sensory problems are being treated but he doesn't have a separate SPD diagnosis. Do the kids actually have a second diagnosis of it, or do the parents just say that part as well? I had just assumed the SPD was "part of" the ASD diagnosis.

    I only really ask as I am getting ready to send him to school next year and I want his diagnosis paperwork and everything to be as clear cut as possible.
    We're also going to be asking his Paed about a possibility of dyslexia but again, I'm not sure if it's just part and parcel with autism that some kids have these problems.

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    @White Mage & @sajimum thanks for the info - this was exactly what I was wanting to know.
    @Ahalfdozen my DS has a diagnosis of level 2 ASD and global developmental delay. He has sensory issues, but no official label of SPD. I don't *think* SPD is formally recognised as a disability, so if it was noted on paperwork it may not add much weight in terms of attracting funding for support anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahalfdozen View Post
    Do any of you have multiple diagnoses for your kids?
    For example, I see people referring to their kids as having ASD and SPD. Whereas my son, he has an official diagnosis of ASD and his sensory problems are being treated but he doesn't have a separate SPD diagnosis. Do the kids actually have a second diagnosis of it, or do the parents just say that part as well? I had just assumed the SPD was "part of" the ASD diagnosis.

    I only really ask as I am getting ready to send him to school next year and I want his diagnosis paperwork and everything to be as clear cut as possible.
    We're also going to be asking his Paed about a possibility of dyslexia but again, I'm not sure if it's just part and parcel with autism that some kids have these problems.
    DS1 is diagnosed as ASD with an Intellectual Disability and ADHD.
    The Intellectual Disability part is added during the assessment progress depending on the score you get. The title opens him up to more funding. But it doesn't necessarily mean he is that title.
    ADHD came in after our assessments and so all his specialists, mainly his Psych had to be rewritten. As Adhd was a main cause as to why the assessments were so difficult to take.

    Ds2 is ASD with Global Developmental Delay. His report had a lot of facts with examples to back the claims. (Both kids reports really)

    If you are putting together information to get funding. My only advice is write down as many examples of your child's worst days.
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    It's not so much the funding I am worried about. I don't put a lot of stock in these things being easy to get anyway. It's more just so his teachers/principal have access to the most information possible and know what they're dealing with.

    And then it just became a curiosity thing because I see people (mainly on Facebook or whatever), referring to their kids as "I have a child with ASD, SPD, OCD, GDD and ADHD." and wasn't sure if these things were all individual things as I assumed most of the other stuff just came under the ASD umbrella.
    He was diagnosed 2 years ago but I really went into the whole thing blind. I only learned what early intervention services and all that is, about a month ago haha.

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    What happens if one of my doctors thinks sensory and another thinks sensory should I put forward both reports? I'm so confused haha.

    Our paed has been great and I'm asking him to write stuff about his virus for funding.

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    Quick update before I get on to more housework. Had the meeting with the principal today regarding my son starting school next year. I'm mostly happy with how it went.
    Starting next term they are going to have him in class one day a week. His classroom is right next to the preschool room so worst case, he can pop back in there if it gets too much for him by the afternoon or whatever.
    This will also be handy next year as she said if he is struggling on a particular day, he can just take his work and sit in the preschool room if he has to.
    She has a "down time" policy in class, which applies for all students. If they are having a bad day or getting anxious for whatever reason, she has a corner set up with beanbags and the kids can ask to go there and either read or go on the class iPad (educational apps of course) for 10 minutes and have a break. So this will apply to him also.
    She has offered for us to ask our sons OT if she would like to come for a day and teach the teachers about my son and see how he is going etc. which I know is common, except our OT is 4 hours away in another state so the principal said she would cover the costs incl travel and accommodation. So that's something we can put forward to our OT.
    She has been speaking to a speech therapist (not my sons, just one that's a few hours away, from her resource list) about coming out and helping the teachers with some in-class speech therapy techniques etc.
    She is also going to start looking at funding for an aid. She said she will keep us in the loop on that because she wants to get someone we/our son like and that my son will work well with. And she wants him to get used to the aid this year before starting next year. On the chance that they don't get any funding or if they do but she can't find anyone, she is happy to allow me into the class (if I agree that he needs it) for the first few weeks so he can get settled.

    So all in all, it sounds like he will have a pretty good transition to school.
    The principal is likely to be his teacher as the current k-2 teacher is away for cancer treatment but she is an absolutely wonderful teacher as well. She said that she wants to make sure the first few months of him starting school are perfect for him. Because her theory is, if they get discouraged from the start it's hard to get it back so the first bit is the most important.

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    Sounds really positive! It's great the school are doing what they can to help with the transition!
    You will have to tell us how it goes!

    I recently signed DS2 up to Gymnastics and he LOVES it. A very good fit for him. Floor time is going to be the challenge but they are amazing staff. I am working towards DS2s O.T to come in.

    I had a pretty flop of a day yesterday with DS2. After Gymnastics I had to take him to the gp to sign so permission forms in his school enrollment forms. My dr was behind in her appointments. I had brought the iPad in hopes to keep him busy. But. He wanted to run. I struggled to keep him occupied and had all the elderly folk watching me disapprovingly.
    Finally see the gp. He has ear infections again. And he was jumping and invading everything. Got our gp angry. She asked me if he was like this at home. And yes he is.
    Fastest visit ever.
    To top it off. I took a taxi home. The taxi driver was most unimpressed when I gave him my sons taxi card. He gave me 20 questions on who the card belongs to.

    I felt utterly defeated.
    It didn't end there though. It was raining when we picked DS1 up from school. Ds2 wanted to play on the playground but it was wet so lots of restraining once again...

    By the time DH got home I was hiding.

    Today I have DS1 home. We have our 6 month appointment with the Paed. Need to discuss funding now that DS1s Facshia has run out now he is 7. And talk about his meds.
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