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What are social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH)?

Social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs are a type of special educational needs in which children/young people have severe difficulties in managing their emotions and behaviour. They often show inappropriate responses and feelings to situations. This means that they have trouble in building and…

Living independently

As a young person, as you prepare for adult life you may begin to think about who you want to live with, where you want to live, how you are supported and by whom to live independently or semi-independently. You might be thinking about renting,…

Health

Health services are an important part of our Local Offer provision. Health services are arranged by Camden Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) which is part of the National Health Service. The CCG is made up of GPs from across Camden and at least one registered nurse and one…

Transition to adult life

Transition is what we call the journey from being a child to being an adult. This can be a confusing time, with lots of questions and not being sure what happens next. Have a look below to see what happens during your transition and where…

What is visual impairment?

Many people have some type of visual problem at some point in their lives. Some can no longer see objects far away. Others have problems reading small print. These types of conditions are often easily treated with eyeglasses or contact lenses. But when one or…

What is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioural disorder which makes children hyperactive, impulsive and inattentive. Common symptoms of ADHD include: A short attention span or being easily distracted Restlessness, constant fidgeting or over-activity Being impulsive All children can behave in this way at times, particularly…

What is cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy is caused by a problem in the parts of the brain responsible for controlling muscles. The condition can occur if the brain develops abnormally or is damaged before, during or shortly after birth. Causes of cerebral palsy include: An infection caught by the mother…

What is down syndrome?

Down syndrome is a genetic condition that occurs by chance. It typically causes some level of learning disability and a characteristic range of physical features. Most babies born with down syndrome are diagnosed with the condition after birth, and are likely to have:- Reduced muscle tone…

What are specific learning difficulties (literacy difficulties, including dyslexia, and difficulties with maths)?

Some people have a particular difficulty in acquiring literacy skills (the ability to read, write and spell) so they can find it very difficult to read, write and spell accurately and fluently at the level expected for their age. Some people have difficulty acquiring mathematical…

What is Dyspraxia?

Dyspraxia (also known as Developmental Coordination Disorder, or DCD) is a developmental disorder which affects physical coordination. People with dyspraxia have poor fine and/or gross motor skills, compared to their general level of intelligence. This can be seen in tasks such as:- Handwriting and drawing…
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