The term 'special educational needs' has a legal definition. Children with special educational needs all have learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn than most children of the same age. These children may need extra or different help from that given to other children of the same age.
The law says that children do not have learning difficulties just because their first language is not English. Of course some of these children may have learning difficulties as well. Children with special educational needs may need extra help because of a range of difficulties, such as
- difficulties with thinking and understanding
- physical or sensory difficulties
- emotional and behavioural difficulties
- difficulties with speech and language or
- difficulties with how they relate to and behave with other people
Many children will have special educational needs of some kind at some time during their education. Schools and other organisations can help most children overcome the barriers their difficulties present quickly and easily. But a few children will need extra help for some or all of their time in school.
If your child has any learning difficulty or disability, there are specialists in Slough who are available to provide support and advice.
The Service for Children with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities is your main point of contact in Slough. They will provide full support, advice and guidance irrespective of whether you are a parent of a child suffering from a learning difficulty or disability or a parent who has concerns.
- Service for Children with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (LDD) - 01753 787676