Special Educational Needs

Special Educational Needs (SEN)

  • A child has SEN if they have a learning difficulty, that requires special educational provision
  • Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can affect a child’s ability to understand, learn, communicate, socialise and move
  • It is not always easy to know whether a child is disabled or has a SEN
  • The prevalence of pupils with SEN in UK is 18% or 1.5 million pupils
  • Almost half the children with a SEN do not meet the definition of disability
  • All children are entitled to an education, irrespective of their learning ability
  • All children with SEND should either receive SEN support or an EHCP
  • EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) framework makes sure that there is support for a child under 5, with SEND
  • An EHCP (Education Health and Care Plan) is a legal document detailing a child’s special educational, health and social care needs
  • EHCP explains the extra help that will be given to meet those needs
  • Low academic performance makes graduation and employment less likely
  • Adult educational and occupational attainment, in turn, significantly predict adult mental health, longevity and relationship formation
  • For further information on SEN, look at, http://www.ipsea.org.uk
  • Hassle-free and easy to book appointments
  • No waiting list to worry about. Book a date that is convenient to you
  • Comprehensive and evidence-based SEN assessments
  • Detailed diagnostic report that can help you in getting the right help, support and services
  • Early intervention means better outcomes for your child
  • I review your concerns, past medical history, family and social history, general health, appetite, sleep, early developmental history, developmental progress
  • Carry out a detailed head to toe examination including neurology, dysmorphisms, neurocutaneous stigmata, systems examination, growth
  • I review all reports e.g. neonatal unit summary, health visitor, nursery or school
  • Screen for developmental problems and disorders by use of e.g. ASQ, SDQ, SCQ
  • Neurodevelopmental assessment through play-based tests
  • Review information from above assessments/test tools
  • Build a picture of your child’s strengths, weaknesses and needs
  • Provide you with a clear diagnostic report detailing your child’s SEN and a management plan to address those needs
  • Diagnosis and management of chronic health problems
  • Early identification and management of developmental disorders e.g. ADHD, autism, specific learning difficulties
  • Offer you information about local and national sources of support and information
  • Give you specific behavioural, educational and environmental strategies
  • Advice on review by professionals e.g. Edn Psychologist, SLT where required
  • Advice regarding further tests/investigations, if required
  • You could use medical report e.g. to gain extra SEN support at school, request EHCP assessment, claim allowances/benefits etc.
  • You will feel empowered to enable your child from this holistic action plan
  • Present you with an option for follow-up, where required