Usually a child’s disability or additional need will become clearer as they reach the age when they should be talking, walking or reading.

When your child is aged 2 to 3, a health review is carried out usually by a health visitor at your local children’s centre, GP surgery or at home. If your child attends an early years setting, such as a nursery, at the age of 2 to 3, a progress check will be carried out which looks at your child’s development in the three main learning and development areas – personal, social and emotional development, physical development and communication and language.

These checks help professionals identify additional development needs as early as possible so that relevant assessments can be undertaken and support can be put in place. If you are concerned or think your child has an undiagnosed condition or SEN, you should speak to your GP, health visitor, child’s teacher or Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) who should help you get the advice you need.