Additional needs

Your toddler has additional needs. This doesn’t necessarily exclude your toddler from the things that other children get involved in, such as parent and toddler groups or nursery. There are many services available to support you and your child. Find out what an expert advises you to do if your child has special needs.

What can I do to help? A checklist for the first assessment.

If your doctor suggests your child may need extra support, here’s a quick first checklist of questions to help you and your little one understand what’s being said. You might find it helpful to write down some of the information you receive.

  • What is the name of my child’s condition?
  • How can it be treated or managed?
  • What extra support will my child need and who will provide this?
  • How long will I have to wait to get the services my child needs?
  • Where can I get more information about my child’s condition?
  • Are there any support groups or charities that can help me, my child, or my other children?
  • Could you put me in touch with any other parents of children with the same problem?

This may be the first of many assessments for your toddler. Rest assured that the team will aim to involve you closely in all decisions about your child’s care.

Expert advice if your child has special needs . . .

"Parents often say they had to fight to get a problem recognised or the services they need. Be prepared to persevere and demand what you feel your child needs."
Dr Haider Mamdani, Child Development Centre, The Vale of Leven Hospital

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Last updated: 17 October 2012