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Dyspraxia + new diagnosis of autism... what support can I expect from school?

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#1 LionessMum

Posted 11 November 2019 - 01:16 PM

My son was diagnosed a couple of years ago with Developmental Coordination Disorder (Dyspraxia) and has now just been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I knew it was coming but I am still devastated!

Does anyone in VIC know what the criteria are to get aide time at school? It would be nice if we could finally get some support for him. My son is 8 and very gentle and intelligent, so I think he gets overlooked a lot. But he really struggles with any changes or anything unexpected, and doesn't cope in loud / overwhelming environments. School swimming is an absolute nightmare.

I have to say, his diagnosis is very validating as well, so it is a bit of a relief. I feel like people consider me a worrywart and overprotective, but I know my boy better than they do.


#2 PhillipaCrawford

Posted 11 November 2019 - 04:34 PM

It depends on the system - state, catholic, independent.

With he state system a lot is determined by IQ score which means many children with Autism miss out

#3 Elizabethandfriend

Posted 11 November 2019 - 04:56 PM

Generally in Victoria you need to be in the 'severe' range on a language test to get individual support.

#4 LionessMum

Posted 21 November 2019 - 09:19 PM

Thanks, he's in a state school in Vic and he has a high IQ, so I guess he probably won't get much help. At least with a diagnosis his teachers will have a better idea of how to support him.
Thanks for your replies.

#5 blimkybill

Posted 22 November 2019 - 09:26 AM

Do you get NDIS? With the two diagnoses plus a significant impact on daily life you may qualify. (Not that it’s a lot of help at school, but therapists can do school visits then give recommendations)

#6 LionessMum

Posted 22 November 2019 - 08:15 PM

Yes we get NDIS and his OT sees him at school so she has been able to make recommendations. We are lucky to have a team of speech, psych and OT thanks to NDIS but he really struggles with his teacher being away, excursions, school swimming, school concerts etc.

#7 kadoodle

Posted 23 November 2019 - 09:44 AM

My DS3 has these diagnoses, and is funded for aide time as of next year. His funding is based on lack of speech. There were so many hoops to jump through to get funding, it was incredibly frustrating.

#8 LionessMum

Posted 23 November 2019 - 08:14 PM

That's great he's got funding! Hope it really helps Kadoodle. Why does everything have to be such a challenge?? Grrr so frustrating.
My son has pretty good speech, he just struggles with a couple of sounds. I'll think we'll just have to wait and see what the school comes up with now we have all the reports to give him. Was your son's school happy to use the existing reports, or did they need him to be assessed through the school? Another school mum told me she thought the school insisted on doing their own testing.

#9 kadoodle

Posted 23 November 2019 - 09:52 PM

School was happy to use the existing reports, but the department of education demanded a few left field ones (new hearing and vision tests, psych assessment). School have been well meaning, but a bit lost as to how to support him.

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