Myth: My child will not receive any extra help in school because she does not have a formal diagnosis

The Additional Support for Learning Act sets out the duties on schools, local authorities and other agencies to identify any barriers to learning that a child may have. There is then a duty to provide support to meet these individual learning needs, regardless of the reason for them.

Although a diagnosis may be helpful for informing and planning the support needed, the absence of a formal diagnosis should not prevent a school from developing strategies or providing support to help a child during the assessment process. If there is not a formal diagnosis the support and strategies planned should continue to be implemented. This should enable a child to work towards achieving the best they can in all areas of their education.

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