Understanding Diagnosis

Understanding Diagnosis

This course can be delivered as a whole day or two half day sessions.

Optional AQA qualification available on request

Staff will learn through instruction and group discussions about different types of disability. How does an awareness or lack of awareness around a diagnosis affect our understanding and relationship with a child who has special needs/ disability? This exploration will include looking at physical disabilities, learning disabilities and profound and multiple learning disabilities.

Staff will be given an opportunity to learn :

• How to incorporate communication passports into their settings.

• How to cover risk assessments and risk benefit assessment.

• The social and medical model of disability and how this affects our understanding of disability in our current society.


Feedback from settings:

“The Understanding Diagnosis course run by Whippersnappers was successful in raising awareness of the types of diagnosis. Both staff and senior leaders in the nursery have responsibility for making referrals and working with other professionals. The course enabled them to feel more confident in their referrals. We are also working on developing the communication passport for the children that attend our setting”.

Clapham Manor Children’s Centre

“The best training of all. Content and delivery was excellent. Given us the child’s prospective of disability with a lot of examples and props.”

Oak Tree Nursery


We thought the understanding diagnosis training was so good we asked Whippersnappers to come and deliver onsite training to all our after school managers and deputy managers.

Kids City


Feedback from individual delegates:

“Very thought provoking, awareness-raising, interesting and informative”.

“Great – everyone should have to do it”.

Please telephone Nancy at Whippersnappers to discuss your setting’s needs further on 0207 738 66 33 or email nleeming@whippersnappers.org)