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A child with Special Educational Needs (SEN) is defined as 'someone who has learning difficulties which makes learning harder for them compared to other children their age'.

Often this requires the person to be supported by a Special Education provision. Two of the main learning difficulties which are diagnosed are autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Although the behaviours will vary for each individual, below we have highlighted the key behaviours to look out for when identifying a child with a Special Educational Need:

  • Behaviours that don’t follow the milestone level of development for that age
  • Struggling to make progress, failed in conventional schools
  • Being inwardly focussed, poor at play and socialising
  • Challenging behaviour or appearing ‘rude’ and uncaring
  • Achieving poorly academically and/or in social understanding
  • Being negatively affected by environmental factors

Often parents can see that something is ‘wrong’ with their child but aren’t sure what to do.

Four main classifications of SEN

Special Educational Needs can also be categorised into four main areas, which are:

  1. Communication and interaction - speech, language and understanding others
  2. Cognition and learning - thinking and learning new skills
  3. Social, emotional and mental health difficulties
  4. Sensory and/or physical needs - includes hearing and there sensory problems

Contact us today

For more information on the education services we provide at our British schools for children from around the world with autism, ADHD and other Special Educational Needs, or to become one of our agents, please call +44 (0)208 108 2571 or click here.

We would also be more than happy to show you around one of our schools. Please do contact us when you are next in the UK to arrange a FAM tour.