You are welcome to contact Miss Cutts (SENCo) by calling 01702 258238 or by email SENCO@canewdon.essex.sch.uk.
On 1st September 2014, the Children and Families Act 2010 introduced a new framework for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). This framework is published by the Department for Education and Health and is entitled: Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0-25 years. July 2014. It can be accessed at:
All Local Authorities are required to publish information on ‘the Local Offer’ about SEND services, along with details of any eligibility for specialist services and a signpost to support for those who not meet thresholds. Further information on the Essex Local Offer can be accessed at:
Parents can seek advice or information through the Parent Partnership Information, Advice and Support Services on 01245 436036 or email at email@example.com
The Misunderstood Child
A poem about children with hidden disabilities
by Kathy Winters
I am the child that looks healthy and fine.
I was born with ten fingers and toes.
But something is different, somewhere in my mind,
And what it is, nobody knows.
I am the child that struggles in school,
Though they say that I'm perfectly smart.
They tell me I'm lazy -- can learn if I try --
But I don't seem to know where to start.
I am the child that won't wear the clothes
Which hurt me or bother my feet.
I dread sudden noises, can't handle most smells,
And tastes -- there are few foods I'll eat.
I am the child that can't catch the ball
And runs with an awkward gait.
I am the one chosen last on the team
And I cringe as I stand there and wait.
I am the child with whom no one will play --
The one that gets bullied and teased.
I try to fit in and I want to be liked,
But nothing I do seems to please.
I am the child that tantrums and freaks
Over things that seem petty and trite.
You'll never know how I panic inside,
When I'm lost in my anger and fright.
I am the child that fidgets and squirms
Though I'm told to sit still and be good.
Do you think that I choose to be out of control?
Don't you know that I would if I could?
I am the child with the broken heart
Though I act like I don't really care.
Perhaps there's a reason God made me this way --
Some message he sent me to share.
For I am the child that needs to be loved
And accepted and valued too.
I am the child that is misunderstood.
I am different - but look just like you.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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