202101 Aug

A holistic approach to SEND


The first thing you learn when working with SEN children it that there is never a ‘one-size fits all’ approach and it is important that all your efforts are focused on the very individual needs that each child has. In the SEND Code of Practice: A guide for health professionals, it states: ‘Our vision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is the same as for all children and young people – that they achieve well in their early years, at school and in college and make a good transition to adulthood, to lead contented and fulfilled lives. This is just an example, but it raises questions about whether the child’s preferences could be taken into account in a more holistic approach, that doesn’t impact negatively on their mental health to serve an academic outcome. Remember too that many parents of special needs children are under enormous stress themselves, which can impact their own mental health and wellbeing, and subsequently, that of the child. Your SENCo will have ultimate responsibility for the outcomes and provision for children with special needs, but could you support them better by training your staff or increasing cooperation between colleagues?

Source: Parenta