Understanding your child's needs

SEND - understanding your diagnosis. What next?


On this page is an overview of help and services open to parents. So, your child has been diagnosed. You didn't expect this to happen. It's ok to feel a whole range of emotions including:

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All of the above are normal and natural feelings. Everyone is different and it can take some time to process. Some of you may have accepted this diagnosis and are ready to take things forward. This is where we can help and support you on your journey.

We understand that talking to many different services about your child's needs can be very confusing. To help we have put together a list of acronyms on our Glossary of Terms.

Contact are a charity for families with disabled children. They support families with the best possible guidance and information. They ‌have produced a very useful booklet called The Helpful Guide for Families with Disabled Children. If you would prefer a hard copy of this guide, then you can order one from the Contact Website.

More information on specific diagnoses

We are currently working towards publishing more specific diagnoses such as hearing impairment, medical conditions, physical need and many more.

Contact details

Post address:
Derby City Council, The Council House, Corporation Street, Derby
Phone: 01332 640758

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