Special Needs and Additional Support

Parents of a child with special needs face a whole set of unique challenges and experiences and can often feel isolated and misunderstood. In this section are links to websites to encourage and support you.

Children with additional needs may face challenges across a number of areas including their physical health, mental health or ability to learn or they may face difficulties when trying to do things other children can do.

Supporting children with additional needs enables them to participate and feel included. Strategies for supporting children with additional needs can vary greatly because every child is unique.

CLASS+ is one part of ISEND CLASS which also provides specialist support to schools in East Sussex to help them meet the needs of children age 4 to 16 who have speech, language and communication difficulties, autism, literacy and numeracy difficulties and physical co-ordination difficulties. CLASS+ is an ISEND (Inclusion and Special Educational Needs and Disability) service run by East Sussex County Council

Autism Local: Autism Sussex

Disability Local: The Local Offer

Helpline providing advice and support for families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Brighton & Hove and Sussex:   amazesussex.org.uk 

Don’t forget to check out our Stepping Stones Group sessions  which will help you manage problem behaviour and development issues common in children with a disability or additional needs, diagnosed or undiagnosed.  It helps you encourage behaviour you like, cope with stress, teach your child new skills and build better family relationships. Find out if there is a Stepping Stones group near you under our book sessions tab.


  • To find out more or book onto a variety of sessions across East Sussex click on the book session button below.

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  • To find out more about our Top Tips for parents click on the Parenting Tips button below.

    Parenting Tips
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