Remember to keep a file with all the details of your child's medical history, education reports and other important documents. You may need this information at some time and it should be kept in a safe place.

Complex needs

Assessment and statementing

The school can arrange additional support for your child through 'School Action' or 'School Action Plus'. Children who stammer are only likely to need further support than this if there is another more complex need present for which statutory assessment and specialist support is required. For example, a third of children with Down's syndrome are likely to stammer.

The majority of children who stammer are unlikely to go on to be statutorily assessed.

If your child who stammers was not making progress under the 'School Action' or 'School Action Plus' support and has other complex needs that require a lot of special extra help, your local authority can carry out a more detailed assessment of your child's needs, based on professional advice. This assessment may conclude that your child needs the extra support that a statement of special educational needs should give.

The assessment finds out exactly what your child's needs are, and what special help he needs. It is only necessary if your child's school cannot provide all the help he requires.

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