Removing the barriers to early intervention of SEN

When it comes to SEN, early diagnosis and intervention is crucial and yet our system is not set-up to facilitate this easily, with a number of barriers that need to be removed. Helen Osgood explains
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When trying to meet the needs of a child with SEND, the earlier help can be given the better the outcome – early diagnosis is key.

The problem quite simply, however, is that too often diagnosis does not happen early. Or at least not early enough.

Of course, it is true that it can be difficult to identify some types of SEN and learning difficulties before formal schooling begins, dyslexia being a case in point.

However, it is important, nevertheless, that wherever possible intervention begins early – ideally within the first three years of a child’s life – and continues as needed.

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