Special Educational Needs & Disabilities
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Please see below link to the new SEND Guide for Parent Carers. This is a quick and easy guide for parent carers of children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).
This guide has been put together with parent carers (Reading Families Forum) in partnership with other services, to help families access information on local SEND services for children, young people with additional needs. SEND Guide for Parent Carers | Reading Services Guide the guide can also be viewed in web format. Please share this information with other families, who may benefit from accessing the guide.
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Please click on the link below to view the latest edition of Reading's SEND Local Offer Newsletter Summer 2021 -
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Please see below a list of useful websites & contacts:
Barnardo’s have a support hub bringing together lots of advice about emotional well-being – yours and your children https://www.barnardos.org.uk/support-hub. They also have put on help for families of children with SEND, looking at finances, benefits, getting food https://www.barnardos.org.uk/support-hub/send
The national charity Contact have been adapting their support offer for families with online workshops to online options so that families can continue to connect with each other and gain useful information and advice at the same time. They have also set up new, “Listening Ear” 1-1 confidential phone appointments with our family support advisers for parents who would like to talk to someone for reassurance and practical and emotional support at this time. These are all FREE for families and they are listing the Workshop dates and “Listening Ear” appointments on their website:
COVID -19 Information Pages https://www.contact.org.uk/advice-and-support/covid-19/
SEND Family Support is a charity supporting families caring for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in the UK.
CYPIT Support and Advice
Afasic helping your school age child and toddler to talk
• Early Support booklet (2005) – for children who have difficulties with language and communication skills. Outlines normal development, provides lots of strategies for parents to support language development.
• ‘Help at home’ factsheets with advice and activities to develop skills and language.
Through the eyes of the child video
• 4 videos across different ages filmed from ‘child’s perspective’ and narrated with advice on how parents can encourage their child’s interaction and language. Highlighting, ‘I love it when you…’, ‘its harder for me when you…’ It contains a summary of beneficial strategies at the end of the video.
BBC Tiny Happy People
• Lots of videos of different activities for parents to try at home. Split into age categories so that parents can easily find what they need.
• Also on Instagram, posting daily tips/topics and live feed updates
• Nursery Rhymes: Specific section on different nursery rhymes, with videos of parents singing these with their children, also divided by babies/toddlers.
Hungry Little Minds
• Activity ideas for children ages 0-5. Divided by age categories so the most appropriate area can be found more easily.
• Contains 1 video per age group of example activity.
• Provides information about different apps available for children aged 2-5 years old. These have been identified by an educational panel as having good educational value.
• This site show a number of popular books with linked activities for parents to do at home. For example, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’, with suggested sentence completion activity, playing ‘at the shops’, making fruit with playdoh, and talking about healthy vs unhealthy food.
• This site also has videos where parents and children can ‘watch’ the story if they do not have the listed books at home.
• Parents can book search by age:
• Parents can search by category e.g. ‘dinosaurs’, or ‘space’ if their child has a special interest.
• ‘sign of the week’ https://wetalkmakaton.org/
• ‘sign of the week’ sent via email
• Can be accessed online.
• Video available, and sign and symbol demonstrated.
• The Speech and Language Therapists at I CAN’s Dawn House school are sharing a Makaton story or song every day – find them each day by following I CAN’s twitter feed https://twitter.com/ICANcharity
View the first story here (Goldilocks and the Three Bears) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B97488JKQHM&feature=youtu.be
• Singing Hands (Facebook, youtube & Website: https://singinghands.co.uk/) They’re currently running daily sessions teaching Makaton signs. Some of these sessions are free for all to access. They also have lots of videos for signed stories, songs etc available on their youtube channel.
• BBC ‘getting started with Makaton’ https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/joinin/something-special-getting-started-with-makaton
Attention Autism – Gina Davis
• Lots of ideas and videos demonstrating Attention Autism program across different stages.
• There are also videos in Greek, Polish, Lithuanian and Spanish.
Intensive Interaction – Dave Hewett
• How intensive interaction helps people with ASD https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjKxu6QKjAo
• Who is intensive interaction for? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hx2Oc62BeNc
Helpline and Diagnosis Support Service (Mon – Thur, 10am – 2.30pm)
Tel: 0118 9863532.
Please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we are able.
Trauma and Attachment Service
Please contact Zobia for support.
Tel: 07557 102623
Please contact Jennie and our sleep practitioners for support.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or join our dedicated Facebook page here.
Community Support Groups
Please contact Charlie for support.
Tel: 07810 689679
Please leave a message and Charlie will get back to you as soon as possible.
For any other enquiries please continue to email email@example.com and Polly will do her best to help.