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EdPlace offers thousands of interactive learning resources to help support children with OCD from year 1 to GCSE. We’re here to help support your child through their learning journey. We understand that finding the type of support your child may need can be daunting, so we want to try and demystify some of the common questions - we’re here to support you and your child’s education!

In this article, Mandy, our SEND expert, who has worked within schools for 11 years (we like to call her our SEND Superhero!), gives you tips to help support your child’s learning.

OCD is a common mental health condition in which a person has obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours.

If your child has symptoms and behaviours associated with OCD, you can refer them directly to a child psychological therapy service or visit a GP. Your GP will ask about symptoms and can refer you to a local child psychological therapy service if necessary. If a school age child has obsessive compulsive traits, it would be prudent to contact the school nurse, SENCo or Welfare Officer to ensure that the child accesses some assessment and help quickly.

Some behaviours and symptoms that you may see in a child with OCD

A child with OCD will experience frequent obsessive and compulsive thoughts. These thoughts are usually irrational and very frightening. Certain rituals or repetitive behaviours feel overwhelmingly necessary (or else something adverse may happen), but they can also have a calming effect and give a sense of relief. However, these continuous behaviours can also be all-consuming and control a child’s life if not managed. Fear and anxiety can limit a child’s life experiences and impact on education if not addressed professionally and quickly.

OCD Superpower

People with OCD have their own personal attributes and skills on top of OCD superpowers, such as sequencing! Attention to detail and ordering are fabulous superskills to own, as they help to build an organised approach to new things. Consideration and thoughtfulness brings quality to tasks.

Additional support

  • If your child has been diagnosed with OCD, they should be offered psychological help from a specialist team. Normally, a referral to the Child Adolescent Mental Health service will be made by the child’s GP.
  • It is vitally important for you as a parent and your child’s school to educate yourselves about the diagnosis, and try to understand the triggers of anxiety.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) may also be mentioned, as this adapts thought patterns and can rationalise fears.
  • Sometimes a fidget toy or therapy putty can be helpful for children with OCD, to help reduce anxiety.

EdPlace worksheets

EdPlace educational resources supports students with OCD

  • You can create instant bespoke rewards for your child that are meaningful and motivating.
  • The differentiated levelling system reduces anxiety around difficult activities and ensures that all tasks that are set, are appropriate and achievable to enhance learning confidence.
  • The consistent format and the predictability of the set tasks, also helps to lessen worry for your child.
  • Easy to read and fuss-free progress and attainment results, that are visually represented.


All of these features can help your child with OCD to engage in learning, discreetly using their personalised preference to help them reach their full potential.


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