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Shaping learning trajectories for children with additional health and developmental needs

Children with additional health and developmental needs (AHDN) are those who have, or are at increased risk of chronic physical, developmental, behavioural, or emotional conditions, and need more supports than their peers. Almost one fifth of Australian children in their first year of school experience AHDN: 4 per cent with formally diagnosed conditions and 18 per cent with emerging problems that don’t qualify for special education supports. Children with AHDN begin school with weaker academic skills than their peers, and are at increased risk of poorer educational outcomes including lower rates of high school completion and post-secondary education.