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My Child has additional needs, what does this mean and what can I do?

All children can have additional needs at some time in their lives.  These needs could arise as a result of family circumstances, changes to living situations, cultural differences, health and medical concerns, disability, loss or bereavement.  Circumstances such as these can have an impact on children's care, learning, physical development, communication, social and emotional development and behaviour meaning they need additional help and support.

Special educational needs and/or disability (SEND) is the term given when a child has a learning difficulty or disability that makes it significantly more difficult to learn comparied to the majority of children of the same age.

This booklet provides some information and guidance to parents who may be concerned that their child has additional needs.  It will explain what is available in Gloucestershire to support your child and how to get the help that may be needed.  We call this Gloucestershire's Graduated Pathway of Early Help and Support.  It's about getting the right kind of help at the right time. 





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