My Child hasn't got a Diagnosis

You don’t need to have a formal diagnosis to ask for help for your child, if you think they have a learning difficulty get advice as soon as possible

Having special educational needs (SEN) means it’s harder to learn than it is for people the same age.

Some conditions are diagnosed at birth, these are usually genetic or sensory, while other conditions don’t become obvious until the child is older. Sometimes conditions aren’t diagnosed until teens or adulthood.

Conditions can go undiagnosed for a long time because children develop coping techniques to make up for, or mask the areas they’re having problems with.

Symptoms might be put down to the child just ‘being naughty’ for example if they don’t pay attention or fidget in class, but this behaviour could be for a number of reasons including hearing problems, attention disorders or dyslexia.

Signs to help you spot SEN

You might want to speak to your child’s teacher or doctor if your child’s having problems with any of the following:

  • Their school work, for example with reading or maths
  • Understanding other people or expressing their own point of view
  • Listening or paying attention
  • Making friends or talking to adults
  • Behaving appropriately in school and at home
  • Organising themselves
  • Coordination, they may appear ‘clumsy’

Once the symptoms are identified you can start getting your child a diagnosis.  More than 20% of children are diagnosed with SEN at some point and there is lots of help and advice available.

It’s not just children who get diagnosed with SEN either, when their child gets a diagnosis many parents realise that they also have the same difficulty. If you’re a parent with special education needs or disabilities there’s lots of help available for you too.