What do you think about getting charged for assessments?

Getting assessed for your dyspraxia, getting help, disability allowance etc.

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What do you think about getting charged for assessments?

Post by MusicL22 » Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:21 am

Hi everyone, this topic has came to mind in the last few days and I'd like to discuss and share my opinion.

As we know some people who assess for dyspraxia in the UK want to charge something like £300 I believe, or around that price per assessment, please correct me if I'm wrong. In my opinion without trying to sound abrupt I think this is a ridiculous.

Whether or not a person has the money to spend or is willing to spend is not the issue here. The fact is people are charging ridiculous amounts of money. Yes I understand the tests may be quite thorough but even so I don't think it's right. I mean I've seen posts where people have spent these amounts of money only to be told they don't fit the category and such like.

Another thing that is baffling me is I was watching the news one evening a few months ago. On this news story it said this school helps with children with autism something else and dyspraxia.

Now if it is something that's known and understood to a degree, why are people so ignorant about it with a lot of children, their parents and adults that are seeking diagnosis?

Other disorders are known about to the NHS and they offer as much support as they can, where as this people claim to lack the knowledge yet there are facilties out there, it just doesn't make any sense. I can't comprehend it honestly.

In the downloaded book there were stories of how adults who just got assessed admitted to being jealous of others that had the diagnosis when they were young. It's true we do get jealous because they end up being understood and we don't, we just get accused of being awkward or misbehaving.

More needs to be done about this issue, whether anyone is dyspraxic or not at least help them. If there are fees then they should be a sensible price to pay.

What does everyone else think? Thanks for reading, it got suggested to me that I share my opinion.

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Re: What do you think about getting charged for assessments?

Post by firemonkey » Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:03 am

It's not perfect for the younger generation re diagnosis but it's certainly better than when I was a child/teenager over 43 years ago. I have letters from my prep school headmaster to my public school headmaster mentioning poor coordination , also poor at drawing and writing, and public school reports mentioning I'm disorganised and messy . My father has said I wasn't well coordinated as a child. He puts it down to my being left handed and that I had a stutter. Dyspraxia and its forerunner re what it was named was in its infancy and hardly known about as a disability. At 61 I still don't have a diagnosis. Over the years , as you can do to some extent as an adult , I've avoided the things that would accentuate signs of it.

I'm glad the younger generation are getting more recognition of it. My only beef is with the small set of rather ignorant youngsters who pull "Ah but I've got a diagnosis " to point score as to legitimacy. In terms of symptoms these people are no more dyspraxic as a group than I am.

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Re: What do you think about getting charged for assessments?

Post by Tom fod » Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:55 pm

It is a hell of a lot of money and I have heard talk of assessments from some places/orgs being more than double the £300 you quote as an example. There's IMHO a bit of a cottage industry and whilst as individuals we naturally baulk at spending £300+ pounds, for a professional consultation paid by an employer or a public body it is small beer.

I had an Access to Work Assessment and I shudder to think what it cost, as tbh it was not that useful imho and sadly nor were the recommended/suggested solutions. I feel that reasonable adjustments such as having a good mentor, colleagues who seek to understand accept and give you the freedom to do things differently as long as you still arrive at an agreed outcome need not necessarily cost hundreds of pounds to implement.

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