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Additional Support Needs

readingA child or young person is said to have ‘additional support needs’ if they need additional support with their education. Additional support can mean any kind of educational provision that is more than, or very different from, the education that is normally provided in mainstream schools.

A child or young person may need additional support for a number of different reasons, for example:

  • Difficulties with mainstream approaches to learning
  • Disability or health needs, such as motor or sensory impairment, learning difficulties or autistic spectrum disorder.
  • Family circumstances e.g. young people who are carers or parents.

These pages provide information on the services and support that are available for children and young people who have additional support needs.

  • Pathways to Policy
    Download the six booklets that explain Aberdeenshire's Policies relating to children and young people and their learning needs.
  • Support for Autism
    Find out how Aberdeenshire Council supports children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Read about the National Autistic Society’s Directory of Local Services for people with ASD.
  • Educational Psychology Service
    Find out about the work of the Educational Psychology Service. Download leaflets specifically for Parents and Carers.
  • SPLD/Dyslexia
    Read about the Services provided for children and young people with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)and Dyslexia.
  • Sensory Support
    View information about the Aberdeenshire Sensory Support Service, download leaflets for Parents and Carers, and read our Frequently Asked Questions.
  • ASSIST
    View information about the Aberdeenshire Staged Intervention Supporting Teaching Programme (ASSIST), which helps school staff manage children’s and young people’s behaviour within the learning environment.
  • CALM
    Find out about the Crisis and Aggression, Limitation and Management (CALM) model that is used to de-escalate behaviour crises in our schools.
  • Accessibility Strategy
    Download a copy of Aberdeenshire Council’s Accessibility Strategy 2005 –08, which aims to improve access to schools, to the curriculum, and to school information for children, young people, parents and carers who have additional support needs.
  • ASPECTS
    Read about the services provided by ASPECTS. ASPECTS works with schools to support children with additional support needs by making use of specialist ICT equipment.
  • Gypsy/Travellers
    The support that is available for Gypsy/Traveller children and young people shoudl they settle in Aberdeenshire. There's also the hand-held educational record which they can take with them if they move between schools.
  • Motor Skills
    Read about the support that is available for children and young people who have motor co-ordination difficulties. There is also Smart Moving, which has activities which all pupils can take part in.
  • Promoting Positive Relationships
    Read about our strategies for development a culture of constructive relationships based on mutual respect, responsibility and tolerance within a supported learning environment.