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How do children get an autism diagnosis?

If you suspect that your child may be on the autistic spectrum, you may decide to have them formally assessed. This may result in their being given a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition (ASC). Receiving a diagnosis can be very beneficial to children and…

Who to talk to first

If your child is at school or nursery: always speak to your child's teacher first if you think your child is learning more slowly than they should. They will let you know what they are doing to address your child's area of weakness. If your…

Assessment of SEN

Your child may need an Education, Health and Care needs assessment if the extra support they are receiving is not helping or they have severe or complex needs. If the assessment is agreed, your child will be issued with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).…

Assessing children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities

Children with special educational needs (SEN) have needs or disabilities that affect their ability to learn. Special educational needs aren't always a lifelong problem. Some children only need support for a short time. Just because your child is learning more slowly than others doesn't mean…

Services that support children and young people with autism

There are a wide range of services available to support children and young people with autism, and their families. Which type of services and therapies will be required depends on the individual needs of the child or young person concerned. Some of services that are…

Early years support in the home

Drawn by Nico, age 6 Early Support Service Early Support is a key working service available to families caring for children (aged 0-5) with a complex disability requiring them to be in contact with a wide range of health and social care professionals. It provides…

Who can request an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment?

Any practitioner working with a child, young person, parent or carer can request an EHC Needs Assessment. If a child or young person is attending an educational setting (nursery, school, college) we recommend that you speak to the headteacher or principal of this setting and…

Assessment request forms related to the Education, Health and Care process

Assessment request forms related to the Education Health and Care (EHC) plan process: EHC Education Setting Request Form EHC Parent Carer Request Form EHC Social Care request for professional advice EHC Professional Information and Advice form Short Term Contingency Funding Request Form (for students without an EHC…

Health

Drawn by Nico, age 6Children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) can have varying and often complex health needs. This may mean they are cared for by a range of health professionals from different services. Most health services in the UK…

Early years and childcare

Drawn by Aurora, age 7When children are aged between 0-5 years, they are said to be in their “early years”. The early years are an important time for all children because experiences early-on in life can have long-term effects on development. They can be especially…