We have had to do a lot of learning in a short space of time on ASD and the way in which it manifests, and have learned that the NHS assessment is one based on boy behaviours. Our daughter can't access an assessment because of her 'social' skills - the main one being that she has a sense of humour! CAMHS, being strapped for cash and limited by NHS guidelines, have so far yet to provide any concrete assessment of her needs.
The National Autistic Society has recognised the shortcomings of the assessment used by the NHS and devised one which picks up traits displayed by girls. We are desperate for our daughter to be seen by a professional who can give us the answers we seek, and get her the support she needs to restart her education.
This obviously comes at a cost, and we are not able to meet their fee. We would be eternally grateful for any help you can give, and I'm sure our daughter will be in the future.
- Biddy Salter
- Joan Jardine
- Susan Bailey
- stephen gilgunn
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