Special educational needs (SEN) that affect a child’s ability to learn can include their:
- behaviour or ability to socialise, eg not being able to make friends
- reading and writing, eg they have dyslexia
- ability to understand things
- concentration levels, eg they have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- physical needs or impairments
Who to talk to
If you think your child may have special educational needs, contact the ‘SEN co-ordinator’, or ‘SENCO’ in your child’s nursery or school.
Contact your local council if your child isn’t in a school or nursery.
Your local Information, Advice and Support (IAS) Service can give you advice about SEN.
Support your child can receive
Your child may be eligible for:
- SEN support - support given in school, eg speech therapy
- an education, health and care plan (EHC) - a plan of care for children and young people aged up to 25 who have more complex needs