It is important to remember that a diagnosis is not the trigger for support for SEN children and young people – it is the needs which may, or may not, be part of a diagnosis.
Most children with special educational needs will have their needs met through extra support provided by the education setting. This is known as
SEN Supportand can include a wide range of provision and interventions. See our information ‘Identifying needs’ explaining how health professionals can work with school, providing advice and guidance, and sometimes therapies for a child.
If an educational setting has exhausted all the possible support options and a child/young person is still not progressing as expected it might be appropriate to request an Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment (the first stage).
The local authority will expect to see evidence of what, if any, progress has been made and that the setting have done everything they can to help your child make progress.
Talk to the SENCO if you are concerned about the progress being made, you can discuss what’s in place and what might need to change. This will give you the opportunity to raise the idea of an EHC plan and find out the school view. You do have the right to
make a direct request.