An unexpected EHCP emergency review

Just as we were starting to feel hopeful about finding our way as a family, and getting the support from a school who understood our Son's needs more than we could possibly hope for, we are faced with the words that we had prayed we wouldn't need to hear again ....

We are unable to support your son's needs, and are requesting that he be found a different school setting as he is at risk of permanent exclusion

So after just 61 school days in his new school we are now faced with an emergency review of his EHCP, and the very real possibility that he will have to change schools again.

The tidal way of emotion since finding out the purpose of the meeting called by the school has hit me hard, as I am faced with trying to ensure the best possible outcome for my Son in a situation where I have very few insights on what is best for him.

So many questions

How did we get here so quickly, when we know that the school have been doing all that they can to support our son?

If an autism specialist unit can't help my son, who can?

If his need to control everything and his behaviour at school has become so difficult that the specialist teachers can't cope and he is having to be segregated from the other children, what hope is there for him?

If an autism specialist unit can't help my son, who can

What does an emergency review mean, and what is involved?

How long will it take, and who is involved?

Is there a place where our Son can get the support he needs to work on his social communication and thinking skills, fulfil his academic potential and stop him from lashing out when anxious or upset?

If this place exists, do they have the capacity to take him on? If they don't, what other options do we have?

I don't want to say if only I'd known

The pressure to reach out to everyone I can to try find answers to these questions is huge as I don't want to look back one day and say to myself, if only I had known.

Despite an afternoon of reaching out to various people and organisations for advice, and requesting additional assessments to consider additional support options for our Son, I have not been able to gain much insight or make much progress in identifying options for the additional support he so obviously needs. Unfortunately the wheels move slowly, and we are challenged by that fact that it is difficult to ask for help when you don't know what help is out there and you don't know who to ask.

Once again we are faced with the waiting game. This time we are waiting for someone to help us figure out what needs to be done, as we are out of ideas and our options seem limited.

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