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Special educational needs

Children with special educational needs may require additional support in school. Learn more about the support in mainstream schools and special education schools, and how to get the necessary help for your child.

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.  

Learn how to get your child assessed.

Early intervention

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.


Use SchoolFinder to search for mainstream or special education schools that can support your child.