Your child does not need a diagnosis to claim Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
Your child could be eligible if they need more support than a non-disabled child of the same age. Your child can be any age, but it can be easier if your child is 3 or older. This is because all children under 3 years old usually need a lot of support.
To be eligible, your child must need support with either:
personal care and support
going outdoors and unfamiliar places
Eligible personal care means at least 1 hour extra spent supporting them:
going to the toilet
managing their distress or anxiety
to sleep or settle at night or if they do not sleep
Your child could also be eligible if any of the following apply. Your child:
feels distressed going into busy places, like shops
is not cautious around strangers
does not understand that things can be dangerous for example, cars or grabbing hot drinks
Your child does not need a diagnosis to get SEN support either:
before they go to school
or at school
SEN support before your child goes to school
Speak to your local authority for guidance on Special Educational Needs (SEN) support services and special education schools. Some areas provide home visits (sometimes called portage) for preschool children with Special Educational Needs.
Some organisations and charities also have support services for parents of disabled children. These can include:
mental health and wellbeing support
parent carer forums and online communities
Parent carer forums can be helpful for finding information about services or reading similar experiences or questions. Facebook support groups or pages can also be a good source of information from other parents.