Wednesday, 4 June 2014


Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces - Autism,

The paediatrics team confirmed officially a diagnosis of Aspergers in June 2009 and Ryan now 7 was then placed on the waiting list for the ASD team*.  A full report was sent to the school detailing Education provision required. Referral made for Occupational Therapy and Melatonin prescribed.

Unfortunately the LEA did not agree, even though Ryan had 17 further major meltdowns (10 in school & 7 at home) over the next 6 months with 6 formal letters from my MP to the LEA and a final step of moving Ryan to a new school for them to finally agree to a formal statutory assessment for a Statement of Educational Needs. 

Bear in mind also, I now had 2 children in separate primary schools 10 miles apart, while DS & I worked 22 & 25 miles respectively in the opposite directions to the 2 schools. School runs were a fun time as they both started and finished and the same times of day, but needs must.  

Ryan joined year 3 in his new school in October 2009, still part time only and I continued to home school him, but he was so proud of his new school jumper he asked to wear it outside of school. All the children were also given a water bottle each with the school logo and their name. Ryan slept with it. By the end of the school year, Ryan had managed several full days in his new school and on one of the days I had arrived to collect him at 3:15pm, he turned and said to me “I do full days now mummy, you are too early”. He had such a good day, he hadn’t realised the time.” 

*The term Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)  is no longer used and Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) is now the commonly accepted terminology. 


  1. Thank you Sarah for sharing this, thank you too Ryan for giving us a glimpse into your world xx

  2. You were/are/will be fantastic. Love.


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