Pupils eligibility to access the Provision Scheme

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Pupils eligibility to access the Provision Scheme

Unread post by admin_bbw » Apr 16th, '18, 13:22

We’ve been asked by quite a few followers, how can non-ASD spectrum children get access to the provision scheme?

We’ve spoken with the Dept of Education and raised this point with them, they clarified the requirements needed. To
be deemed eligible to access the provision scheme, pupils must have a formal diagnosis that falls within either of two
diagnostic criteria:

1) Have a formal diagnosis that states the pupil has a “severe/profound general learning disability” or
2) Have a formal ASD diagnosis.

Pupils with a "Severe/Profound" diagnosis that don’t have access to special schools/classes are eligible for the
provision either in their school or at home. Where a pupil is in a regular school setting with the diagnosis the Dept may
contact the signing Principal to confirm the diagnosis prior to approval, but this should only be a formality.

A formal diagnosis involves being assessed by an educational psychologist. The assessments are usually offered by
service providers contracted by the HSE such as The Brothers of Charity or Shine to mention just two, but providers will
vary depending where you are in the country. Unfortunately, appointments can be very slow coming and even when done the
reports for some reason can take quite a few weeks to be issued.

Reports when issued generally have two components, the diagnosis and also a list of recommended therapies needed. As
the diagnostic and therapy teams can be somewhat disjointed it's important that you keep in touch with your assigned
social worker and be prepared to chase them about the delivery of the recommended therapies.

Also make sure you keep all the reports safely, make plenty of copies as they'll be needed by schools and the various
therapists along the way.

If you’re not sure where to start with getting your child assessed, we suggest your 1st point of call should be your
class teacher. However, if your child is a pre-schooler we’d recommend you speak with your local health nurse or GP.

If you have any questions about the scheme and how it works please feel free to message us or alternatively email us using Support@JulyProvision.com.

Regards
The Support Team

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