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Finding help for a child with special educational needs

The co-founder of a school for dyslexic children in Wiltshire has produced a factsheet to help parents negotiate their way through the maze if they think their children may have special educational needs.
Appleford School in Wiltshire is a co-educational day and boarding school for dyslexic children aged 7-13. Dr Peter Gardner – founder of Appleford as well as Daneswood, a care home for young adults with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties, near Cheddar – is an educational psychologist and a recognised authority on dyslexia. He says “Parents naturally want the best for their children. They know that good literacy skills are the building blocks to educational success… but many parents are in the dark about their child’s special educational needs and confused about how best to help them.” The factsheet explains processes such as special education plans, assessments, statements and resource allocations from the Local Education Authority (LEA).

The factsheet can be downloaded free, go to then click on 'Getting Help.'

Appleford School: Tel: 01980 621020

Written by Beccy Golding
Published in The Spark issue 52 - spring 2008

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