Grrrr, I'm cross, so if I sound irrational, just bear with me, the real me will be back soon!
I kept Ethan up as I had to be at the school at 1.00 for the meeting. When I'd got there they had already done the assessment on Liam (I knew they were going to). So, he has his assessment with a woman from OzChild. It all goes well. He gets a sticker. He's happy. I go in for my meeting with her, along with Liam's teacher. She tells me all about the IQ test she's done on him, and how wonderful he is. Perfectly average. He scored 100. That's great... I am wondering why he's having an IQ test though... it's speech, and he's had about 8million speech assessments now. Then she tells me all about the tests into learning disabilities, physical disabilities etc etc etc, and goes on to tell me he's fine in those areas. HELLO I know! We are here for speech! So, half an hour later finally get out of her, that his speech is not bad enough and she will not be refering him on for therapy within the school system. BUT she then goes on to tell me, that she can see that he has had speech therapy, and the wonderful building blocks it's given him. And that "OH YES, HE DEFINATLY STILL NEEDS SPEECH THERAPY. What the? She can sit there and tell me he definatly needs speech therapy, but she will not refer him on to go through the school system. The government provides speech therapy for pre-school children through the hospital, but once they are of school age, they have to be transferred to the school system. So what do you do when the school system won't put their name on the list! Go private again... Take him out of school, and pay $50 for a 30 minute session every week. None of which is claimable either on Medicare, or even as part of your tax return.
What a load of CRAP!
I've spoken with the assistant principal, who also thinks that's a load of crap, and is going to look into it for me. Grrrrr.
OK, vent over. I can put my other head away now.