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Special needs or additional needs?

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ourhouseonthehill Thu 27-Mar-14 06:22:40

Can someone clarify the definition between special needs and additional needs at the age of two please? l think my child has additional rather than special needs but l would like other peoples opinion of what the difference is - thank you (btw lm not adverse to either - would just like clarification on the difference)

jellybeans001 Fri 28-Mar-14 18:40:11

I think it's the same thing to be honest

Geneticsbunny Fri 28-Mar-14 18:41:38

I agree with jelly. As far as I know people just use which ever terminology they prefer.

starfishmummy Fri 28-Mar-14 18:59:55

I have noticed ds's headteacher (special school) is now using "additional needs"

level3at6months Fri 28-Mar-14 21:29:59

Ofsted are not allowed to use special educational needs as a term any more - it's additional needs all the way. Same thing in a more pc way, I guess.

wishicouldstopworrying Sun 30-Mar-14 19:13:41

So what is going to happen to the acronym SENCO?

itiswhatitiswhatitis Sun 30-Mar-14 19:15:31

I'm not sure there is a difference tbh although it is possible to have some additional needs without having a specific diagnosis of something, is that more what you mean?

LittleMissGreen Mon 31-Mar-14 12:45:51

SENCO has already become ALNCO at a school.

LittleMissGreen Mon 31-Mar-14 12:46:04

'our' school, not 'a' school

BackforGood Mon 31-Mar-14 23:56:19

There's not an educational or medical difference, it's just preferred terminology.
Special needs is like that. As the terminology evolves some people get a bit het up about other people then using an older term. It's only about the word though, not the level of difficulty a child has.

Whatsthatnoise Fri 04-Apr-14 09:59:14

I dont think there is any difference. I always described dd as having additional needs until she was about 4.5, know I tend to say she has a disability. I don't really know why. I consciously never used special needs because her needs are not special just different.

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