What are special educational needs?
A child entering Primary 1 may have special educational needs if they find it difficult to:
- Write their name.
- Follow a simple story when it is read aloud to them.
- Communicate with others.
- Make friends.
- Access learning in school due to hearing, visual or physical impairments.
Consider a professional assessment
If you suspect your child is having such issues, an assessment by a qualified professional is the best way to get a clear diagnosis and recommendation for support.
An assessment is necessary if you intend to apply to a special education school.
Early intervention is specialised support given to young children to aid their development, with the first 7 years of a child’s life being the most critical.
Early intervention programmes can help your child:
- Develop skills to overcome some developmental delays.
- Improve physical, emotional, social and cognitive skills.
- Minimise the development of secondary disabilities.
Find out more about early intervention for children with special needs.
Choosing a school
When choosing a school that provides the required support, it will be helpful if you:
- Understand your child’s needs.
- Understand the education system.
- Know about the support different schools provide.
If your child has been professionally assessed, you can explore your child’s special educational journey.
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