Morning all, my first time on here so let me tell you a little about my son. He is now 6 and was on the radar for language, speech and learning difficulties from the age of 2. They have told me he has a speech disorder, cognitive processing disorder and low concentration. The state’s only option for him is his EHCP which secures him SLT and assistance at school and for me to put him in a special needs school. Then when he is grown up he will follow the path of an adult in assisted living and I am not prepared to accept this fate just yet.
The problem is that I see a different boy. He is learning all the time, he is very behind (academically he is about a 3.5 year old) but physically he is very capable (he has taught himself to swim, ride a bike etc.) and he is making progress all the time, his progress is just slower that some and the gap between him and his peers is getting larger. More worryingly he is happy to complete any task asked of him but its like he has no idea why he’s doing it, he has no real understanding of the world around him. Recently he has astounded school with his rate of progress but it seems to come in fits and starts. Then just to confuse me he is way above his age range in other things, i.e.he loves a jigsaw puzzle and has always done ones aimed at children 3 or 4 years older than him.
After all this waffle what I am asking is in anyone has experience of treatment which isn’t SLT based, anything non NHS that is a little ‘out of the box’ thinking? I am not ready to sit back and take the path of least effort, I think there must be more I can do to help him, if he is making progress and can achieve things like complex jigsaw puzzles I think there must be more learning capacity in his brain that we just haven’t unlocked yet.
Who knows where he will end up but I want to be able to say that I explored every avenue and gave him every opportunity to reach his full potential.