Support for Parents
There is a range of support out there for you as a parent of a child with SEND. The sections below are a snapshot and do change, so keep checking back as your child moves through the school. Helpful documents are attached below and all blue text are links that will take you to more information. Any help needed contact:
Tracey Tee 01304 206847 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Authority Offer
Do you know what is available for your children , take a look at what is called the local offer, click on the link below to go to Kent County Council:
Family Support Partnership Service
The Family Support Partnership is a new service specifically for parents/carers of children with a disability or SEN. The project is funded by the National Lottery and delivered in partnership with the charities Includes Us 2, For Us Too and Space 2 Be Me.
Includes Us 2 are supporting in our area: Ashford, Folkestone & Hythe, Dover
- This new service aims to assist parents/carers of children who have a disability or SEN by providing a tailored package of support for up to 12 weeks.
- Some families may only require a short period of support; such as being given information or advice on a specific issue or signposting to a specialist provider.
- Families who have more complex issues and require a longer period of support will be invited to complete an Initial Assessment which will look at a range of factors that may be impacting on the family, such as diagnosis, education, access to health and social care, behavioural issues or isolation.
- Once the key areas of support needs have been identified, an Action Plan will then be developed with the parent/carer to identify both long and short term goals, areas where support is needed and the steps to be taken to achieve the desired outcomes.
- This initial stage of the programme will take approximately 3 hours and can be completed over 2 or 3 sessions if the parent/carer chooses.
- After the Initial Assessment and Action Planning, the designated Family Support Officer will then work with the parent/carer over a period of up to 12 weeks to work through the agreed action plan and support the family to achieve their specified goals.
If you think you would benefit from this support please contact the Assistant Headteacher and SENCO, Tracey Tee. Updates are on:
The National Autistic Society
Autism Seminars for Families, e-mail: email@example.com
Autism Helpline: 0808 800 4104 or via an online enquiry form on the website
Parent to Parent: Confidential telephone listening service provided by parent volunteers: 0808 800 4106 also accessible by an online enquiry form on the website
Education Rights Service: 0808 800 4102
NAS helplines are free to landlines and to most mobile networks (3, O2, Orange, T-mobile, Virgin, Vodafone).
There are a number of books and resources you can access or buy. KAT holds a small library and other organisations and support groups often do too. The NAS has a comprehensive on-line shop. Here are a few books that families have found helpful:
· Ellen Notbohn (2005) Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew: Future Horizons, ISBN1932565302
· Tony Attwood (2006) The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, ISBN 184310 495 4
· Luke Jackson (2002) Freaks, Geeks & Aspergers Syndrome: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, ISBN 1 84310098 3
· Doherty, McNally, Sherrard (2000) I have Autism…What’s that?: NAS, ISBN 9781899280797
Sleep is hugley important for development, learning and growth - both physical and emotional. Does your child have sleep problems? Read the guide below for some helpful ideas and advice from the experts: