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Special educational needs

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If you think your child has special educational needs, or they’ve already been identified as SEN, you’ll have lots of questions and you’ll be looking for ways to help your child. 

Support your child with special educational needs

In this section you’ll find lots of information, advice and tips, including how to identify if your child has special educational needs, how to make sense of the SEN Code of Practice, settling your SEN child in school, the SEN system and how clinical psychologists can help and how you can support your SEN child’s learning at home. 

And for more in-depth help on specific special educational needs, check out our sections on ADHD, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, dyslexia and dyspraxia. For even more help with dyslexia, check out The Dyslexia Toolkit for Parents. 


Does your child have special educational needs?
Does your child have special educational needs?
Find out about the wide spectrum of special educational needs children can have – and how you can support them at home and get the support they need in school.
Best apps for children with special educational needs
Best apps for children with special educational needs
If you're supporting a child with special educational needs, try these brilliant apps to help make life easier, at school and at home.
Working with a SENCO
How to work with your child’s SENCO
Having a healthy working relationship with your child’s SENCO can help ensure they get the support they need. Here’s how to ensure you make a good team. By Lucy Dimbylow
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The Dyslexia Toolkit for Parents

Make sure your child gets the very best opportunities to succeed and flourish with this practical toolkit of checklists, templates and make-or-break advice.

The Dyslexia Toolkit for Parents is an ebook full of practical resources that you will be able to refer to over the coming years to support and assist you through the various challenges of dealing with the schools, the authorities... and the many decisions you will have to make in order to best help your child.

With step-by-step advice and real-life case studies throughout, this lifesaver of a resource will tell you exactly what you need to be doing, exactly what you should expect, and what to do if you're not getting the support your need.

Resources and support for dyslexia
Resources and support for dyslexia

What is dyslexia? Who does it affect and what are the key signs a child might be dyslexic? The Resources and support for dyslexia pack offers a complete overview, from how dyslexia is diagnosed to at-home support strategies, expert tips to encourage a love of reading and links to further resources and advice.

Managing ADHD Handbook

Managing ADHD Handbook

Living with an ADHD child can be frustrating but we have strategies to help in this helpful eBook. You will learn about managing ADHD with your family life, how to help your children and their ADHD sibling, recognise signs and symptoms, find alternative treatments and much more.

For many parents, a comment from a teacher that your child lacks focus is the first indication that ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) might be an issue. It can be hard to know what to do next...

If you are worried about what to do, or where to turn for advice, the Managing ADHD Handbook is just what you need. Learn how to help your child with their behaviour, and you’ll soon see the benefits for family life.

We’ve teamed up with parenting expert Sue Atkins to give you strategies, tips and resources on how to manage the type of behaviour problems that can stem from ADHD, and put them all together in a handy eBook.

Plus you’ll also find 10 enjoyable activities to do with your child, to keep them engaged and interested in learning while having fun at the same time.