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You suspect that all is not well with your child's mental health, but how can you distinguish between a transient phase and something more serious, and how do you get help?
If you are worried about your teenager's mental health you won't be in the minority. One in ten adolescents suffers from a recognised mental health issue, and one in three reports feeling sad or down more than once a week. What can you and the school do to help?
Some special needs are easy to spot, others are only determined once a child has experienced considerable difficulties, frustrations or social and emotional problems. Over the years, diagnosis of and provision for SEN have improved, but both can still be a minefield. Identifying different kinds of special educational needs Few children fit a condition perfectly – if they do, we tend to say they are a ‘classic’ case. Most will not be straightforward: perhaps a dyslexic with dyspraxia and a touch of ADD, or a child with ASD who also has Down’s syndrome. Just as special needs are hard to…
Like their mainstream counterparts, special schools must teach the national curriculum and use its assessment procedures, and they have broadly the same duties and responsibilities to children in their care as mainstream schools. An Educational Health and Care (EHC) plan is invariably required to get a place in a special school.
Behavioural difficulties are amongst the most challenging and controversial areas of special education facing teachers in UK schools today. Attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorders - AD(H)D, emotional and behavioural and difficulties (EBD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), conduct disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
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