Public health 5-19 - health conditions - special needs

The Learning Difficulties Team work with children with developmental delay/learning disabilities under the age of 18 years old. They are also able to offer support to families going through the autism assessment process, or with an autism diagnosis under the age of 11, they would also be able to signpost / direct to other services in the local area that they felt might be helpful or appropriate. 

They meet with parents to understand theirs and their Childs needs and then talk to them about what they can offer. 

They primarily engage with parents to support them in being able to attend a parent programme and/or workshop supporting them to understand their Child's diagnosis and give them additional strategies on how best to meet their child's needs. 

If you are wanting to refer into the Learning Disabilities Team please download this referral form (DOC 110KB) and look at their referral guidance (PDF 704KB)

If you would like to discuss this further please make an appointment with the E-School Nurse Service who will be able to help.

Confident Parenting  Programme is support for parents who would like to increase their confidence in understanding and managing their child's behaviour and meet other parents to explore difficulties and reduce isolation for more information view the Confident Parenting Poster (PDF 670KB)

The Early Bird programme is for pre-school children with a diagnosis of autism. The aim is to help parents to understand their child's autism, their behaviours and create a support network. For more information view the Early Bird Poster (PDF 552KB)

Early- Positive Approaches to Support (E-PAtS) is a programme for parents of children where developmental delay/learning disability is suggested. This programme is for families of pre-school age children. For more information view the E-PAtS poster (PDF 580KB)

The Sensory Workshop is to help parents understand how sensory environment impacts on their child's ability to participate in activities, how sensory processing impacts their behaviour. For more information view the Sensory Workshop Poster (PDF 587KB)

The Sleep Workshop is to support and give parents lots of ideas and strategies to try with their child to improve their sleep difficulties. For more information view the Sleep Workshop Poster (PDF 381KB)

Estimates tell us that around 1 in 100 children have Autism Spectrum Disorder- or ASD.

This means there are children with an ASD in most school, whether diagnosed or not.

It is also widely recognised that the methods used to support children with ASD can also benefit other children in the classroom.

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Children may experience difficulties with a range of speech and language disorders, vision and hearing impairments. This section

Having good communication is essential to academic success and any undiagnosed or poorly accommodated communication learning needs will mean that the child will quickly get behind at school. The resources available are here to support any children you may have in your school.

They can used to educate staff and raise awareness to parents of any difficulties you may assess.

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Co-ordination and physical difficulties can take different forms. Weakness in fine motor skills makes it hard to direct small muscles groups like fingers. Weakness in gross motor skills affects large muscle groups in the body such as legs. And trouble with hand-eye co-ordination can make things like buttoning a shirt difficult.

Even if a child doesn't have a diagnosis there are things you can be aware of to help improve and support a co-ordination and physical problem if you can't find something specific to your enquiry in our resources please contact your locality direct.

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