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What is SEND and where can I get help?

What is SEND and where can I get help?

Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can affect a child or young person’s ability to learn. They can affect their:

  • behaviour or ability to socialise, for example they struggle to make friends
  • reading and writing, for example because they have dyslexia
  • ability to understand things
  • concentration levels, for example because they have ADHD
  • physical ability

Who can I talk to?

If you think your child may have special educational needs, you can contact the SEN co-ordinator (SENCO) in your child's school or nursery.

You can also contact the council if your child is not in a school or nursery.

Our Newcastle Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) can also give you advice about SEND.