Speak to someone you know

If you’re worried about your child’s progress speak to:

  • your GP, or health visitor if your child isn’t in nursery or school
  • their nursery worker
  • their teacher.

They’ll be able to give advice on how and where to get extra help or support.

Try the Dimensions Tool

If you have concerns about your child's emotional wellbeing or behaviours, you could complete the Dimensions Tool

This Tool will help you identify their strengths and difficulties. Once completed, it provides a complete report of all the ratings in a graphic display that you can save and print out. It also provides you with relevant advice, support and local interventions related to areas of concern. It is easy to use, free and you can take the printed report with you to help you discuss your concerns with your child's school, GP or other professionals.

Types of help

Every nursery and school has a special educational needs coordinator (SENCO). You can also talk to them. They are teachers who are trained to identify children with special educational needs and make sure they get all the help they need.

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
  • help to communicate with other children
  • a referral to the educational psychology service.

SEND support

Your child’s nursery, school, or college may create a SEND support plan. Many children and young people will get the help they need this way. Find out more about a SEND support plan.

Education, health and care (EHC) plan

An EHC plan may be an option if you need extra help.

Parents, teachers, doctors, health visitors, family friends and 16 to 25-year-olds themselves can all ask for an assessment.