Many of the children that we work with at The Talking House have an 'EHCP'. Here we talk about what EHCPs are and how we can help them with these.
What is an EHCP?
Many of the children and young people we work with at The Talking House have an Education, Health and Care Plan, often known as an EHCP. An EHCP is a legal document for a child or young person between the age of 0-25 who has Special Educational Needs (SEN). It provides information on a child or young person’s educational, health and social care needs and outlines the provision which needs to be in place to support the child to progress. SMART (Specific, Measurable, Relevant and Timely) outcomes are written in collaboration with the child/young person, their parent/s or carer/s and the key professionals who they are involved with. These outcomes also reflect the child/ young person’s and their parent’s aspirations, as well as educational, health and social care needs.
Outcomes are specifically written for each individual and therefore a large range of skills are covered. You might find information such as:
Specific communication skills: this may include understanding of language, use of language, social skills and functional use of communication methods.
Educational needs: these will be determined by a teacher and may link to a specific subject area.
Health and Social care needs: this may link to areas such as feeding, toileting, sleep and safety when out in the community.
EHCPs are generally reviewed yearly, or 6 monthly for children under 5, and the progress towards the outcomes is discussed and information updated so that it continues to reflect the child or young person’s skills and needs.
Your child’s NHS Speech and Language Therapist will often provide information towards their EHCP. We can also support with this.
How we can help!
The Talking House can provide information to be included in an EHCP. This can be done in different ways:
How we can help our existing clients
If you are already working with The Talking House, your therapist may be named as one of the professionals involved with your child’s care on the EHCP application. The Local Authority is able to request information from The Talking House to be included in the EHCP. If the Local Authority request information, your therapist will discuss this with you.
With your consent, the therapist will write a detailed report outlining your child’s speech, language and communication skills and will include information on recommended outcomes and provision. This report will be sent to your child’s caseworker for the information to be included in the EHCP. The therapist will review the draft EHCP and make any amendments they feel are required before the EHCP is finalised.
Sometimes your therapist is not named as one of the professionals involved with your child’s care on the EHCP application. If this is the case, we are able to provide information as a detailed report which can be included in the information you submit as a parent or carer.
If the therapist is working with your child regularly, they may be able to complete the report based on the current information they have about your child. If your child is on the caseload at The Talking House but has not been seen by a therapist for some time, the therapist will need to spend some time reviewing your child’s speech, language and communication skills before they are able to write the report. This is to ensure that we provide information which is as up to date, accurate and relevant as possible. If a review is required, this will will be discussed with you and the therapist will explain what this will entail. Any assessment or review sessions will always be agreed with you before taking place.
With your consent, your therapist will attend Annual Reviews if requested. If the therapist does not attend the Annual Review, they can provide a detailed report outlining your child’s progressand updated recommended outcomes and provision. Attendance at Annual Reviews or Annual Review reports are charged at an additional cost. This will always be agreed with you prior to the therapist’s attendance at the meeting or completion of the report.
How we can help our new clients
If you are not currently involved with The Talking House, we can still help you. If you require support in relation to your child’s current EHCP or an EHCP application we can:
Assess your child’s speech, language and communication needs. This may take place across more than one session, with additional sessions taking place in your child’s school or nursery or at home. The level of assessment required will be recommended by one of our therapists following discussion with you and will always be agreed with you before taking place.
Liaise with key people who are involved with your child, such as school or nursery staff. This enables us to gather as much information as possible about your child’s communication difficulties.
Complete a detailed report outlining your child’s speech, language and communication skills following the assessment. This will include detailed information regarding recommended outcomes and provision. This report can be included in the information you provide as a parent or carer.
Attend meetings at your request.
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