All posts tagged: additional needs

Why I’m a pushy parent…

I am a parent of a child with additional needs, the proud parent of a little warrior. I am also part of a small network of parents locally (POW – parents of warriors – as we coined our WhatsApp group) who share information, lift each other up and support each other through the frankly astonishing mess of paperwork, bureaucracy and fighting that is involved in having a child with additional needs. A group of us are currently waiting for an EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan – previously a Statement) to be put in place for their child by the Local Authority. It’s a document that sets out for their education setting what additional help they will need, both physically and mentally, to enable them to reach their full potential within that setting. It contains not only a detailed history and how the child is for anyone supporting them, but it lays out a series of targets for the near future for the professionals to work towards. Now, you wouldn’t think it would be that …