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    teb
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    Hey, I am a single mom and receiving universal credit. My son is turning 3 by the end of January 2022. Now according to my research I need to look for work when he turns 3. My problem is that he is suffering from delayed speech and I am already on the waiting list of speech and language therapist. And deep down I am so worried that it might be Autism. So at this situation what shall I do? Shall I have to start look for work anyway? (When he will turn 3) or I must have to concentrate on his proper diagnosis and treatment first? Is it okay to leave him at nursery daily for 4 hours with this condition keeping in mind that I am the sole carer of my child with no family or help around?

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    GingerbreadHelen
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    Hi @teb, I’ve moved your post up so other members see it. You can also call our helpline to talk this through. Helpline – Gingerbread. We have a webchat on some days too. Webchat – Gingerbread

     

    #63564 Report

    becks
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    Only you can decide what is right for you – is here a social worker you can speak with?

    There is a huge amount of knowledge on learning delay and child behaviour growing all the time 🙂

    A formal childcare setting could be another opportunity to get him access to special education needs? Also interaction with other children in a supervised environment could be really beneficial for his development.

    it’s a huge amount of work looking after a little person, not least when you are isolated from

    friends and family.
    If you were able to

    access a formal childcare setting – having  few hours a day to look for work or undertake training could also be really helpful for you too

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    Yaz
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    My daughter had delayed speech and  I went back to work and continued working . I was given time off to go speech therapy sessions.

    If your child is autistic the diagnosis is a long process that can take up to two years

    Private speech therapy sessions start from £95 . The report that the slt write is £250.

    The NHS diagnosis takes forever because it involves a paediatrician, speech and language therapist and a psychologist.

     

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    akatew
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    Hi teb, I’m a single mum and a speech and language therapist, working with autistic children, so I wanted to say hi 🙂

    I see lots of children with additional needs in nurseries – most grown ups have to work, so lots of families are in your position!  But I understand it must be hard and worrying.  Each nursery has to have a SENCo (special educational needs co-ordinator) who oversees all the children with additional needs.  If you look around nurseries, you could ask what experience they’ve had working with children with delayed speech and/or autism, and what extra things they put in place, as well as how they communicate with you about how your child is doing. Some pre-schools might run small groups to help children with their language and communication skills.

    Good luck 🙂

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