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Why is collaboration significant?
A review meeting in progress

Collaborative approaches are key to unlocking the innate abilities of children and young people with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities. We recommend that transdisciplinary practice is encouraged wherever possible.

CLDD Project Recommendation, 2011

Working collaboratively with families and visiting professionals is important to ensure that the needs of children with CLDD are met effectively. Multiprofessional meetings are an important time when everyone involved comes together to review progress and plan for the future.

The support team

People with passion or flair inspire others. We need to capitalise on the strengths, interests and talents of our colleagues. How can we spread their knowledge with
best effect?

Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, 2011

This video highlights the range of professionals involved in the care and support of a girl, Sophia.

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Starting school

Starting school is an important time for all children. Parents of children with CLDD need to consider a range of issues and education options to ensure that their needs are
met appropriately.


Listen to the story of Marley and the issues that had to be considered to ensure that he attended the right school.

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The specialist's role

No single discipline is equipped to deal with the diverse array of child and family needs and characteristics.

Guralnick, 2005

As a result of their needs, there are a range of professionals involved in the care and support of children with CLDD who will visit the school
and home.


Listen to a speech and language therapist talk about the therapist's role in relation to diet
and feeding.

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Find out more

Carpenter, B. (2011) The CLDD Research Project final report. Specialist Schools and Academies Trust.

Guralnik, M. (2005) Early intervention for children with intellectual disabilities: Current knowledge and future prospects. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 18, (4), 313-324.