Pages & Links
Below you will find lot's of links to pages I have found very useful overtime. I will regularly check these, make sure they are still working links and that they remain relevant. You will never find better knowledge than that of other parents, so if you haven't already, search for groups on social media, groups in your local area and coffee mornings.
Holland - My View
This poem you may have seen in many special needs groups, pages or been sent by family and friends. It depicts many different things to many different people, some may love it and its speaks volumes for them, some not so much. Whether you like this poem or not I believe that it sums up the best way to explain it to other people. Although you may never accept this world, it is the world we now belong in, some see all the beauty, some see all the pain. Whichever you see is ok, there is no wrong or right.
To read the poem please click here.
The world of SEND is very difficult to navigate and it can be certainly made worse when someone is talking to you and you have no idea what they are saying...
It can make for difficult reading when it comes to forms and reports and can really put an unwanted extra strain to your day.
Terminology is one of those things that is difficult to get your head around and that you will question often. Most of our time is spent checking if we are using the right acronyms but also explaining what they mean to friends and family.
I thought by adding this simple guide it would help you learn a little more and be able to explain a little better to others, have a little more support when needing to check and can just make for good reading!... even I learnt a few extra ha!
What Are We Talking About?
Understanding some of the terms and conditions that we talk about can sometimes be lost on others. When we talk about special needs, additional needs, complex needs etc they can be hard to differentiate, this is something you learn over time but even now I still have to kinda check myself. So, I have added a quick guide below to how each one of these is defined.
What does the term ‘Additional Needs’ mean?
If your child has a health or developmental condition that is impacting on their everyday life, this is often referred to as an additional need. It may be that from birth your child has faced some extra challenges or these may have become more obvious as your child has grown up.
Your child's additional needs could be developmental, physical, learning, behavioural or sensory. Their needs might be easily met with a regular plan of care or a creative approach to their management. Some additional needs may continue throughout life and as a family there will be times you may require support from a number of services.
All children should have access to the right services, at the right time, to make sure they can reach their full potential.What does the term ‘Special Needs’ mean?
What does the term ‘Complex Medical Needs’ mean?
If your child has been diagnosed with an illness, disability or sensory impairment and needs a lot of additional support on a daily basis, they're described as having "complex needs". A child might have complex needs from birth, or after an illness or injury.
What does the term ‘Special Educational Needs’ mean?
'Special educational needs' is a legal definition and refers to children with learning problems or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn than most children the same age.
What is ‘Global Developmental Delay’?
The term 'developmental delay' or 'global development delay' is used when a child takes longer to reach certain development milestones than other children their age. This might include learning to walk or talk, movement skills, learning new things and interacting with others socially and emotionally.