Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Organisations that offer support for children with SEND
AFASIC - Voice for Life Help and Support
AFASIC is a national charity that supports parents who are concerned that their child has speech, language and communication needs and/or if their child is not talking or saying as much as other children their age.
The AFASIC parent helpline 0300 666 9410 is open 10.30am – 4:00pm Monday & Wednesday to discuss any worries and/or concerns that parents have about their child’s needs, what help they need and how to get it.
AFASIC runs a website with helpful resources and a helpline that knows enough about SLCN to help understand children’s difficulties, what help is needed and how to get it. Click here to access the website for more information.
They also offer a ‘listening ear’ if you just want to talk to someone who understands. No query is too small or too silly. If you are worried or even just want to check there’s nothing else you need to know or do, please get in touch.
Ambitious about Autism
Right from the start is a new toolkit for navigating the early years autism journey. Do you think your child has autism or have they recently been diagnosed?
If the answer is yes, you will have many questions about what to do next and this parent toolkit is a good place to start.
Autism One Minute Guides
The Communication & Interactive team have comprised a collection of short One Minute Guides relating to Autism ranging from Sensory Processing to Home Learning.
Click here to find out more
Summary of DiAS Support for Children and Young People
DiAS is a free service that provides impartial information, advice and support around special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). As well as working with parents / carers, they work directly with children and young people up to the age of 25 who have SEND. Two Children and Young People's Workers have been appointed to offer direct support to young people.
- They can work with children and young people individually to gather their views. They help children and young people share their opinions around decisions that affect them.
- They also help children and young people understand what meetings are happening and how they can be involved. This could be for an EHCP review meeting or a team around the family (TAF) meeting.
- DiAS provide accessible information and advice. They do this in a range of ways, including through their website, in person, by phone or email.
- Signpost to other services that offer different help and support (especially if they aren't the best people to help).
You can find more information, advice and support for children and young people on the DiAS website by clicking here. If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Telephone 01392 383080
Contact form https://www.devonias.org.uk/contact-form/
Space* launch new online sessions for young people with SEND
Space*, who deliver our youth services, have just announced new online sessions for young people in Devon with special educational needs and disabilities.
‘No Blocks’ offer SEND young people aged 11-19 a safe place to go online, connecting them to other young people and giving them something to do in a fun supporting environment. There are a wide range of activities, fun and games on offer, so there should be something for everyone!
Sessions are supported by youth workers and run every Monday 4.30-5.30pm and every Friday 5pm-6pm on Zoom.
Home Education Special (Internet-based support organisation for those home educating children with Special Needs)
Click here for more information
The British Dyslexia Association (What is Dyslexia? Is my Child Dyslexic? Should I have my Child Assessed?)
Helpline: 0333 405 4567
Dyslexics Organisation (Dyslexia information plus general help with home education and guidance on literacy teaching)
Click here for more information
Activities offered by Whizz-Kidz:
- Wheelchair Skills Training – Four levels of Wheelchair Skills Training: beginners, intermediate, advanced and complex. They are able to support wheelchair users from the age of 2-25. The training courses are usually delivered over two consecutive days by skilled and experienced trainers who will ensure you receive the best training available. For more information, click here
- Ambassador Clubs - (youth clubs) These clubs are designed for young disabled people, so they can meet up, make friends and have fun! They do everything from music, dance, art, sports, beauty therapy, cooking, trips and a whole lot more. For more information, click here
- Camps - Whizz-Kidz provide three-day, two-night residential camps for disabled young people. Camp Whizz-Kidz is designed for young people aged between 12-25 years old and who use a wheelchair or mobility equipment, or have a physical disability. For more information, click here
- Work Placements – On offer are a range of work placement and internship opportunities that are designed just for young disabled people age 16 to 25 years old. For more information, click here
- Work Skills Days – These are days set up with a corporate partner for young people to learn key skills for the workplace.
For more information contact Sally Ellis: Mobile: 07867 124901 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Apps, Sensory Processing & More website provides information and resources on the following topics:
- Fine motor skills
- Social skills
- Sensory processing
They offer excellent ideas and resources for parents and teachers and tools and worksheets for children.
Torbay Olympic Gymnastics Club
Special Needs Gymnastics and Movement for People with a Disability.
- Saturday morning 9:00-10:00am, this 1 hour class is open to children aged 3-8 years old who have a disability requiring a high level of support. For more information Tel. 01803 317817 or click here to send an email
Sex and relationship education DVDs
These DVDs include titles for learning disabilities and special needs. Each of the SRE resources offers a clear and friendly guide to the central issues using animated characters to narrate and illustrate each topic.
Earlier this year an enhanced version of ‘The Primary Guide’, with optional easy read subtitles and comprehensive lesson plan was released. Now available, the enhanced secondary title ‘The New Guide to Relationships and Sex’ with easy read subtitles and developed an accompanying lesson plan.
These lesson plans are free to download from the website or from the Times Educational Supplement (TES) website resources section by clicking here for the Primary Guide, or for Secondary by clicking here and from www.lifesupportproductions.co.uk