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If you need help finding out more about special educational needs and disabilities we can help.

My child has a special need

If you want to know more about a particular need, check out the conditions page.

I think my child may have a special need 

If you're concerned your child may have a special need, you can speak to particular people depending on your child's age.

From birth to pre-school

Talk to your family doctor (GP), health visitor or nurse. If they share your concerns they might suggest your child sees a pediatrician or they may make a referral to a specialist for further investigation.

If your child is in a childcare provision you should speak to their key person or the SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator). They may share your concerns and suggest that you request a referral from your GP to a pediatrician or specialist, or they may decide to monitor your child’s progress more closely before you speak to your GP about making a referral. 

Your local children's centre can provide advice and can help your child's development through play and learning experiences.

From school age to further education

Talk your family doctor (GP). If they share your concerns they might suggest your child sees a pediatrician or they may make a referral to a specialist for further investigation.

Speak to your child’s class teacher or SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator). If they share your concerns they may recommend that you speak to your GP about a referral to a pediatrician or a specialist.

If the concerns are about educational needs, you should ask about the additional support that the education setting can put in place to support your child’s development. Read our leaflet about the support that schools must put in place for pupils with SEND.

Every college in Hertfordshire has help and support available for young people with Special Educational Needs or disabilities.

Special educational needs and disabilities in education

Take a look at our Education pages to find out the support available at all stages of a child's education.

Getting an Education Health and Care plan

You may need an assessment to make sure your child gets the right support.

Take a look at the Education Health and Care plan page for how to apply and the process involved.

Financial support

There's a number of things that can help you with finances for a child with special educational needs or disabilities.