Special educational needs and learning to talk

Added 27 Jul 2017

Around one child in five has special educational needs (SEN) at some point during their school years. Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can affect a child in many ways. They can impact a child’s:

  • behaviour or ability to socialise, for example they struggle to make friends
  • reading and writing, for example because they have dyslexia or struggle to see or hear things clearly
  • ability to understand things
  • concentration levels, for example because they have ADHD
  • physical ability

Talking and listening to children from birth helps to develop good language and communication skills. This enables children to listen and express themselves. It also helps them to learn and develop good relationships.  
If your baby or child is diagnosed with special educational needs, talking to him is still vital – it is part of the way YOU communicate and it is never too early to start.

Find out how the NHS might be able to help you.

For speech, language and communication issues, check out ICAN’s resources

If you have concerns about your child’s eyesight, hearing or speech, language and communication development, talk to your GP or health visitor.