Additional Support Needs

A child or young person is said to have additional support needs (ASN) 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:

  • Difficulties with mainstream approaches to learning
  • Disability or health needs, such as motor or sensory impairment, learning difficulties or autistic spectrum disorder
  • Family circumstances such as 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.

ASN policies and guidance documents

Our additional support needs policies and guidance documents will provide your with information on: 

  • Supporting children with healthcare needs and managing medicines in educational establishment
  • Guidance on the safe transportation of children and young people with additional support needs
  • Support for children and young people who have motor skills difficulties
  • Horse riding which may be provided through the Riding for the Disabled Association 
  • Supporting children with special dietary requirements, contains information for parents or carers, and school staff on the roles, responsibilities, procedures, forms and some examples of special dietary requirements to ensure that a child's needs are met appropriately
  • Guidance for Parents, Carers and Schools working with Children who are Adopted, Looked After in Foster Care or at home in Kinship Care
  • Supporting children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Total communication policy

Additional guidance


Find out about the Crisis and Aggression, Limitation and Management (CALM) model that is used to de-escalate behaviour crises in our schools.

Gypsy or travellers

The support that is available for Gypsy or traveller children and young people should they settle in Aberdeenshire. There's also the hand-held educational record which they can take with them if they move between schools.

Promoting positive relationships

Read about our strategies promoting positive relationships based on mutual respect, responsibility and tolerance within a supported learning environment.

Children with selective mutism

Read our guidelines on supporting reluctant speakers for Parents and Carers and Nursery and School establishments.

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