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If your child is of pre-school age, then visit your GP or Health Visitor and ask for their opinion, in the first instance.
You can also contact the St Helens Information, Advice and Support Service (SHIASS - previously Parent Partnership); for advice about Special Educational Needs.
|St Helens Information, Advice and Support Service (SHIASS)|
The Government have written a guide for parents /carers of children and young people who are already receiving services for their additional needs, and for those families who have concerns and need to know more about who to speak to, and where to get help.
It covers topics such as:
For more details, please access the full guidance page on our web site
If your child attends a pre-school setting, then speak to their teacher or their key worker.
If your child is already in school (including nursery), then talk to their teacher in the first instance.
You should also ask to speak to the school's Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO), or person responsible for SEN.
A full list of the school's Special Needs Co-ordinators (SENCO) can be found in the Related Documents section of this page. School contact details can be found on the Schools in St.Helens section of the website.
So that the school can help decide which is the best path to take to help your child, they will need and want to know;
The SENCO or person responsible for SEN in the setting will discuss your child’s SEN with you and how best to meet their needs. This could include extra support, a different way of teaching or extra help from a specialist e.g. Speech Therapist.
The School could then ask the Council to provide top up funding if your child needs more than usual school resources; or the the school could submit a request for statutory assessment. The council will then engage with your child's school/setting to gain more information about your child.
The request will then enter the statutory process for determining how best to support your child's needs.
In the first instance, your child's school will work to meet their additional needs and in some cases working with other professionals to do so.
Occasionally, the outcome from the panel be that a statutory assessment should be made, the the Council will draft an EHCP and will send the proposed plan to parent / educational setting / professionals.
Additional Needs Team
01744 671104/01744 671106
St Helens Information Advice Service (SHIAS)*
Telephone: 01744 822160
St Helens Autism Spectrum Pathway
Newton Childrens Centre
Telephone: 01744 674179
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