A Mum's Journey with Dyspraxia

From the beginning, part 4…

on November 20, 2011

The Early Intervention Teacher did refer Kaden to TalkLink http://www.talklink.org.nz/ for an assessment to see if he was eligible for an assistive technology device to help with his communication.  She was very determined that this was the way to go with Kaden, rather than working on sign language or speech therapy for words.   At the end of 2010 we received Kaden’s “PC Chat unit” so we had a few months to work on him using it before he started school.

The early intervention teacher then decided we needed to do an assessment with a child physcologist through special education.  Kaden was not even in the correct age range for the assessment they wanted him to do so I agreed on the conditions that it was not formally assessed (with help from my father in-law, a retired physcologist).  Kaden aced the test and we were then told because of this we were not eligible for their help!?!?!

When Kaden was 4 ½ yrs I approached special education again asking for a SLT to get involved and stopped taking Kaden to the private therapist.  I knew we needed to move back into the “system” before Kaden entered school and was determined we would be applying for ORS funding .http://www.minedu.govt.nz/NZEducation/EducationPolicies/SpecialEducation/ServicesAndFunding/ORSOngoingResourcingScheme/FAQsForParentsAboutORS.aspx.  I spent the next few months pushing the new SLT into applying for the ORS funding and helping with the numerous questionnaires involved in the application.  And although we were told there is no point in applying, he would not be eligible, we got it!

After Kaden’s 4th birthday we started investigating schools.  We got the list down to 2, 1 mainstream and 1 with a special character.  The mainstream school was cheap, close and small.  The alternative school had higher fees, was at least a 20minute drive away but again was small.  After spending some time thinking, debating, investigation, we made the decision to send Kaden to the special character school, Tamariki http://www.tamarikichch.schoolzone.net.nz/ .

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