Special education needs support
- I think my child has some special education needs - where do I begin?
- How the Ministry's special education support works
- The team that will support your child
- Support and services available
- Individual Plans (IPs) and Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
- Groups that can support you
- Special Education Transport Assistance
- How you can help your child who is dyslexic
- Support for gifted and talented students
As a parent you're usually the first to notice differences between your child and others of a similar age. You'll want to know if there is an issue, and if there is, what can be done to help you and your child and who to go to for help.
If your child has special education needs you will want to make sure you're talking to the right people and getting all the support that's available to you. The Ministry of Education's special education team can help you with this.
The support that's available to your child depends on their age, their special education needs, and how many other children in their area need special education support.
As part of meeting your child's specific needs they may have an Individual Plan (IP) or Individual Education Plan (IEP).
Once your child gets to school age, if they need help getting to and from school safely they may be able to get Special Education Transport Assistance (SESTA). How much help they get is based on their needs and the nearest school that can meet their needs.
If you child has dyslexia they find reading, writing, and often spelling and maths significantly more difficult than other children their age.