Help for children with special needs
Funding, services and support available to help children with special needs and disabilities go to mainstream schools.
For children under 6
Early Intervention Service helps children under 6 who have a:
- developmental delay
- learning delay
- behaviour difficulty
- communication difficulty.
Help in the classroom
An IEP is a plan put together by parents, whānau and the child involved. It shows:
resources and assistive technology the child will need
who’ll be working with the child at school
how parents and whānau can support learning at home
ways to check the child’s progress.
Children with very special needs can be supported to join in and learn at school, with:
- extra teacher time
- help from specialists
- funding for special items like Braille machine paper or special pens.
Find out how to apply for funding to provide your child with a teacher’s aide who'll work with them in the classroom to help them learn.
Apply for funding for equipment to help your child learn. This could include:
- special computers
- vision equipment
- special seats or tables
- hearing devices.
Physiotherapists and occupational therapists to work with physically disabled children at school.
Speech therapists and support staff to work with children who have difficulties with talking, listening and understanding language.
Schools can apply for funding to change school property to make things easier for disabled children – eg widening doors for wheelchair access.
Help getting to and from school
Support for children who need assistance to get to and from the nearest school able to meet their needs.
Help if your child can't go to school
If your child is sick for a long period of time, a teacher may be able to visit them in hospital or at home.
Help from non-government organisations
Organisations that provide information and support for families of children with special education needs.