By law the local authority has to follow a set timetable for preparing the statement. This should be completed in 26 weeks, although it may take longer in exceptional circumstances, for example if some specialists need to see your child more than once.
The local authority will talk to a number of people about your child's needs, including their school or nursery, the health authority and social services. As a parent you can also suggest other people for them to talk to, for example a portage worker, health visitor or speech and language therapist. Your child may also have an assessment with an educational psychologist. This might happen at your home, at your child's school or nursery or in an office. You have the right to attend these meetings if you want to.