From Challenges to Triumphs: How parents can be champions for the mental health of their children with special educational needs.

Jun 09, 2023
Girl with special educational needs being comforted by her Mum


Welcome to this week's blog post in which I start exploring the mental health challenges faced by children with special educational needs, and provide some ideas for parents and caregivers to help their children with these challenges.


Some of the different special educational needs that may impact a child's mental health include:


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) including Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)

Intellectual Disabilities

Emotional and Behavioural Disorders

Speech and Language Disorders

Sensory Processing Disorders

Physical Disabilities


Today I’m going to talk generally about ways you can support a child with any of the above challenges, and then start looking at each one in detail. There's a lot to say on the subject, so I will be continuing with a part 2 next week! We will cover ASD, PDA and ADHD this week, and next week I will talk about the remaining examples in more depth.


To watch this week's video, just click below. I hope you find it helpful if you have a child with special educational needs, and if you don't please share with someone you know who does.


Warmest wishes 

Frances x 

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