How to get help
If you’re worried about your child’s progress speak to:
- their teacher
- their nursery worker
- the school SENCO
- your GP or health visitor if your child isn’t in nursery or school
- contact SENDIASS
Every school and nursery has a special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO). They’re teachers who are trained to identify children with special educational needs and make sure the children get all the help they need. You can talk to the SENCO at your child’s school or nursery. They’ll be able to explain how they can help and if they can get other services involved.
Help your child may get
The help your child will get may include:
- a special learning programme
- extra help from a teacher or assistant – including help from a teacher who specialises in your child’s condition
- working in a smaller group
- help to take part in class activities
- extra encouragement in their learning – for example to ask questions or to try something they find difficult
- help to communicate with other children
- a referral to other agencies for support
Your child’s school or college may create a Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Support Plan to help set targets and agree ways of helping them.
You should be asked to meet to discuss targets and support with the school. If your child has received support from school and is still not making progress the school may ask for an Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment from the Local Authority. Families, Young people, Nurseries, Colleges and other professionals can also ask for an EHC Needs assessment if a child is not making progress.
Contact SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) for independent advice if you think your child isn’t getting the help they need.