National guidelines on linking education and health support for pupils with additional support needs have been published by the Scottish Government.
The guidance follows a two-year consultation and aims to help education and health staff work together more effectively.
More than 44,000 children in Scotland require additional support for their learning and many of these are likely to receive assistance from Allied Health Professionals, who include speech and language therapists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. But there have been fears that the quality of service children receive can vary, depending on where they live.
Adam Ingram, Minister for Children and Early Years, launched the new guidance at Armadale Primary in West Lothian. "Children with additional support needs require extra help to achieve their full potential. In time of plenty, that is easy to do. However, in the current financial climate, our work needs to be innovative and collaborative, making partnership working more important than ever," he said.