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Deafness and additional needs

The term ‘additional need’ refers to a health or developmental condition which impacts on a child’s daily life. At the National Deaf Children’s Society, we use the term ‘additional need’ to mean any disability or long-term health condition other than deafness.

This information covers some of the more common additional needs that a deaf child or young person may have or experience. If you have any questions about the additional needs your deaf child has or getting a diagnosis, get in touch with our Freephone Helpline.