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Just keep swimming

We had our mediation session with the LA scheduled for yesterday afternoon following their refusal to issue Katie with an EHCP. It wasn’t ideal that it was the first day of the Christmas holidays in our area so Katie’s head teacher wasn’t available and neither was anyone from SENDIAS (As a side note, apart from…

Where we are now

The last few weeks have not got any easier, largely thanks to the powers that be at our local authority who have decreed that Katie does not need an EHCP and they won’t be issuing one. So instead of now being in the draft EHCP stage and trying to finalise additional support measures we could…

Where next

We’re in the thick of things at the moment and I’m hoping this is the low point and it gets better from here. On the one hand things have snowballed really quickly, on the other hand it’s been a slow burner over a number of years of battling to access any support. Katie is currently…

Summer holidays

We’re currently half way through the school summer holidays and I’m not sure what to make of them so far. My job is term time only so school holidays are me and the kiddies, no summer camps or holiday clubs. Generally I think that’s a good thing as Alice and Matthew would probably enjoy camps…

EHC assessment tribunal

It’s been a while! Life after our Lake District get away has picked up right where it left off, i.e. hectic! Work is crazy busy with the end of term looming and schools trying to cram events in, and life is crazy busy – again with the end of term looming and the sports days,…

Time out

In 2010 John and I had a mini break in the Lake District, staying next to a farm in the middle of nowhere. On our last day we went up to ‘Surprise View’ which overlooks Derwentwater, and John asked me to marry him. I’d thought he’d been a bit possessive over the backpack while we…

About Matthew

I did posts about each of the girls and their personalities some time ago and have meant to do one on Matthew but never quite got round to it until now, which probably sums up his experience really – we have good intentions but as the youngest he definitely does get forgotten about sometimes! Even…

The Weird Girls Group

When we got Katie’s report following her autism assessment it included a list of reading materials to help us and Katie understand autism better. One of the books was “I’m An Aspie Girl” which is aimed at girls aged 5-11 ish (Katie was 8 at the time). The terminology is outdated as it refers to…

Katie on school

I wrote a couple of weeks ago that my application for an EHC assessment for Katie was rejected (on the basis that she’s doing fine academically – no mention of social or emotional difficulties). I have put in an appeal and am now waiting on the outcome of that. As some additional evidence I sat…

Pregnancy and birth – Matthew

John was at work on a Saturday morning when I got my positive pregnancy test with Matthew. I looked at that line and felt so happy. My final pregnancy and one to savour as much as possible. I let myself have a morning of feeling thankful that I’ve always manged to get pregnant quickly, and…

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