Practical tools and ideas - children with additional needs

Close up portrait of young girl

This section includes a range of tools and strategies to help gain the child/young person’s voice. This is not exhaustive and in the ‘Additional Information’ section you will find links to more resources.

When seeking the views of a child with additional needs consider using the experts. Talk to parents/carers, school staff and other professionals about what works well for the child/young person. This information can be used to feed into the wider picture of a child/young person’s life.

Familiar adults can be particularly useful for gathering information about children and young people with complex needs to enable better communication. Don’t forget, ask the child how they might prefer to communicate.

Things to consider:

  • How do children/young people respond to different experiences
  • How the environment can impact their responses?
  • What do they enjoy?
  • Is there an impact on their stress or alertness levels, such as time of day, and in which situations?

Observations SHOW

All about me SHOW

Talking mats SHOW

Blob trees SHOW

Puppets SHOW

Using symbols SHOW

Drawing pictures SHOW

Traffic lights SHOW

Careful questioning SHOW

Resilience ladder SHOW

Faces scale SHOW

Graffiti boards SHOW

The wizard SHOW

Hot air balloon SHOW

Communication cards SHOW

Three houses SHOW

Mind mapping SHOW

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary
NHS Hampshire and Isle of Wight
Southampton City Council