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    Default Carers payment for child with autism

    Apologies first off if this has been answered elsewhere I just couldnt find any info. I have been along time member on here right back to conception but have been off for a while. My son 5 was diagnosed with ASD 20 months ago he was then also diagnosed with chronic ITP ( low platellets which he needs IVIG administered when he has a bleed) this can happen every 6 months or every 6 weeks we never know. I was also widowed 2 years ago when my husband died at 38 of cancer. My son suffers bad seperation anxiety from both the death and from hospital admissions. He has to be excluded from care when his platelets are low due to high risk of bleeds.He is due to start school this year but also has dabilitating constipation and can poo ( as in a small nugget) up to 5 times a day or not for 7 days at a time causing him pain. He is a head hitter and a thrower when agitated and doesnt cope with people other than family babysitting him.I work casusaly when I can but only between 9.30 and 2.30 due to travel to care etc. It has been suggested that I apply for carers payment instead of single parenting payment. I already get carers allowance. Whilst I would love to be working again in a full time capacity asking an employer to give me work for 4 hours a day with school holidays off, extra sick days for when he is in hospital or excluded due to his count what hope do I have. If he has a full on melt down some days it is not worth taking him to child care either as he exhasuted after...Anyway I guess my question is what do you think my chances would be of getting it. Does anybody else here receive carers payment?. I Have all the reports form pead, speechy , aspect and early intervention any suggestions would be great or feedback. Thanks in advance

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    My ds who is 6 has Autism, and I get Carers Payment for him. His psychiatrist was great she helped me fill in the forms and wrote a really good report. My son attends school 5 days a week and the women at centrelink says it was highly unlikely I would get it, but I was approved. Just because he was at school doesn't mean I don't care for him 24/7. I have to be there for pick up and drop off as He goes to school by taxi, I have no support where I live, my sister refuses to help, my mum and dad are in the uk and I can't leave him on his own as he gets into things and destroys things.

    You should be able to get carers payment, and fingers crossed you do as it took a lot of stress on my shoulders as being on the parenting payment and going onto there looking for work thing as my son was 6 and centrelink thought I was ready for work. At least I know my son will be cared for and has me at home looking after him full time, instead of me working and have him in before and after school care.

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    Thanks for that.. sometimes I think he doesnt fit the boxes and others there just isnt a box to say how bad it is. I am getting a final report done tommorow then lodging it. You are right it would just be a relief to not have to go job seeking. I do get offered relief work at my old job occasionaly.

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    It's really hard to know and is case by case. I have heard of some people who so desperately need it getting refused. Get as much information as you can from all his specialist, teachers, therapist etc. Good luck. Sounds like you could really use the help.

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    I was approved for it when my dd was diagnosed aspergers and ADHD.
    My youngest has since been diagnosed with autism and a delay as well, but wasn't diagnosed at the time.
    I only filled in the centrelink forms and had the gp fill in their section. Didn't provide any additional info. So I really do think it just depends on who is reading the forms that day.
    So give it a shot and if it is not approved you can always appeal it. Good luck!

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    Cant believe it in just 7 days I put in my application had it approved and have money in the bank. This takes so much pressure off. Thanks for your replies


 

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