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SEND Family Connections


Assessments & Reports

EHCP & SENDIST reports provider 

SEND Family Connections provides high quality speech and language therapy medico-legal and expert witness reports for legal proceedings for children and young people with Speech Language and Communication Needs for:

  • Education Health and Care Plan application, Annual Review and Interim Review
  • Special Educational Needs & Disability Tribunal / First Tier Tribunal Appeal


All our assessments are online during the covid-19 pandemic


Why we need SALT Assessments

There’s a direct link between Speech Language Communication Needs SLCN and childrens’ behaviour challenges and their mental health. SLCN are often hidden, masked or not understood, and associated with Social Emotional Mental Health challenges at home and/or at school.

Long term outcomes for SEND and neurodivergent individuals include impact on earnings, relationships, health, mental health, higher risk of imprisonment, and shorter life expectancy.

A lot of these negative outcomes begin during school and the breakdown of a child's educational life.

Our Specialist SALT Assessments 

At SEND Family Connections we aim to make sense of your child or young person’s Behaviour challenges and Social Emotional Mental Health issues in relation to their Speech Language and Communication Needs

Our assessments cover the following areas as relevant to your case:

  • detailed case history
  • clarity of speech
  • understanding, expression & pragmatic use of spoken language
  • higher level language skills such as problem solving, inference, prediction
  • social learning and social skills
  • challenging behaviours 
  • mental health
  • emotional health


We write S.M.A.R.T outcomes and provisions to meet the needs we identify in our assessments. 

Other Assessments

We are happy to discuss screening assessments for general purpose or prior to providing Consultancy Support

Independent vs NHS SALT reports

Independent Speech and Language Therapy SALT reports have equal value in law as NHS SALT reports. We are happy to report that to date we have a 100% success rate in our reports being used by the 0-25 team for EHCP applications and tribunal appeals.

Fees

Our hourly rates and estimated charge for your case, will be discussed with you before we start. Our minimum charge for an EHCP report is £650. We do our best to keep your costs to a minimum and offer flexible payment options.

After Assessment 

Following completion of our assessment, you can access the following services:

  • Consultancy Support to help you address challenges at home or school
  • advice and training for school staff 
  • support and advocacy in relation to our assessment, including TAF & TAC meetings, Annual Reviews and Tribunal/Court as an expert witness.


Regular Therapy Input

We do not currently offer this service. If your child needs regular Speech and Language Therapy input and you have an EHCP, it is the responsibility of the 0-25 team to find a source of provision. Please refer to our helpful Resources & Links. Contact your local NHS SALT department directly if you do not have an EHCP.

Conditions we cover

We welcome referrals for the following reasons

We support families with children & young people with SEND and neurodivergent conditions which relates to their communication and social emotional mental health, including autistic spectrum conditions, developmental conditions, social learning conditions, and communication disorders

DIAGNOSES

SEND Family Connections supports families with children & young people with a variety of diagnoses and neurodivergent conditions NDC:

  • Developmental Language Disorder DLD 
  • Speech Language and Communication Needs SLCN
  • Social Communication Disorder/ ‘Social Learning’
  • Selective Mutism SM
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder/Conditions  ASD/ ASC
  • Pathological Demand Avoidance PDA
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity /Attention Deficit Disorder ADHD/ADD
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Tourette Syndrome TS
  • Sensory Processing Disorder SPD
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder OCD
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder ODD
  • Highly Sensitive HS
  • Gifted
  • Developmental Trauma 


PRESENTATIONS

SEND Family Connections supports families with children & young people with a variety of presentations:

  • understanding & expressing spoken language
  • functional use of language
  • mental health issues
  • aggression/ anxiety / fears / phobias 
  • clingy / obsessions / fixations
  • frustration/ temper tantrums/ meltdowns / panic
  • highly reactive/ sensitive
  • social challenges and isolation
  • attachment difficulties associated with Looked After Children LAC
  • sibling rivalry
  • bedtime/ sleep issues
  • eating issues
  • bullying issues
  • constipation / bed wetting related to anxiety
  • homework issues
  • need for control/ lack of cooperation/ defiance
  • poor self-regulation
  • school attendance and separation issues
  • self-harm
  • under-achieving at school
  • not respecting parental limits including use of social media
  • co-parenting with an ex-partner
  • breakdown of family dynamics/ power struggles
  • parental overwhelm/ loss of leadership


CONTACT

The best way to find out if what we offer is suitable for your specific situation is to contact us for a free initial consultation