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(UK) Reading: SPED improving despite 2-3 yr wait for autism, ADHD assessments

July 29, 2021, Reading Chronicle: Ofsted and CQC inspectors find special needs improvement

S. England Care for children and young people with special education needs or disabilities (SEND) in Reading is improving, although issues remain, according to inspectors. An Ofsted and Care Quality Commission SEND inspection took place from June 21-25. The report found leaders across the area have worked together to improve the support children receive and address areas of weakness. But concerns remain over wait times for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) assessments…. Concern over waiting times However, inspectors said there is more to do, “most notably to reduce the long waiting times some children must endure while waiting for an assessment for ASD or ADHD”. Some children have been waiting over two years for an ASD appointment or over three years for an ADHD appointment….


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