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Resources – February 2015

Microsoft Word - Document6Our monthly roundup of resources useful for families with children who have special needs.

A new information website for people in England looking for local services, particularly those buying services with personal budgets who may wish to register on the site.  It says “You can use SENDirect to contact providers of these services and negotiate a package that better suits your child. You can share your information with people in your child’s life so they can help as well. Your account lets you keep track of your conversations and lets you buy services once you have agreed them”. (By a consortium of 9 charities).

Talking Matters
Some word games and ways to reduce the anxiety that some children feel about writing tasks, (David Maythem, SEN Magazine).

Play resources for parents of disabled children
Games and a colouring book that have a developmental side to them, (Scope).

British Library Family Trail
A children’s booklet that parents can use to take them on routes around the Library in London, including games and drawing activities.

Epilepsy diagnosis and its impact on mood
Video presentation about epilepsy, anxiety and depression by a clinical psychologist, Cherilyn Mckay, (Epilepsy Society).

Youth Academy
Online videos and materials designed to give 14-21-year-olds key skills for life and work, (Tesco).

Resources – December 2014

Our monthly roundup of links to resources of interest to our members.

Carers UK Discount
Carers UK have arranged a discount of 20% on a range of daily living aids from a high street pharmacy, until 31 December 2014.

Christmas themed activities
Ideas and resources for children and parents, including a prize draw (closing date:  17 December) to win a children’s book, (National Literacy Trust).

Help with fuel bills and keeping warm
A new factsheet, including information on benefits and grants, sources of advice, home improvements and how to avoid disconnection of energy supplies, (Contact a Family).

Early intervention for children with learning disabilities whose behaviours challenge
Recommendations and data from a project carried out by the Challenging Behaviour Foundation, describing what can be done for this group of children.

Babies and Wireless Radiation
Booklet about shielding unborn babies against possible effects from wireless radiation (e.g. from cellphones),  (Grassroots Environmental Education and Environmental Health Trust, New York).

How can new fathers get involved?
Tips for fathers wanting to help care for their babies, (Institute of Health Visiting).

“They still need to listen more”
A report about the rights and concerns of children with disabilities, with recommendations on addressing these concerns,  (Children’s Commissioner, England).

How three young people with disabilities deal with getting bullied (BBC).

Carer’s Rights Guides
Four guides to carers’ rights for 2014/15, one for each part of the UK (Carers UK).

The Puzzle Centre
Charity providing a nursery and outreach service for very young children on the autism spectrum.

“Wait and See” Advice
A recent article in SEN Magazine by the Principal of the Puzzle Centre highlights the prevalence of “wait and see” advice to parents of children who might have ASD, and what she believes this approach leads to (Autism:  rhetoric and reality, by Alexandra Stanyer.

Accessible Britain Challenge toolkits
for organisations and people in local communities to remove barriers to full participation by people with disabilities. (Office for Disability Issues et al.)

University Technology Colleges
List of open or nearly open UTCs (University Technology Colleges), with their locations and the subjects they will specialise in (Dept for Education).

GCSE, AS and A Levels
Timeline of changes to subjects that can be taken by children in England at GCSE, AS and A level between now and 2018.

Resources – July 2014

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Our monthly round up of useful resources.

PAWS dogs for the disabled
Workshops around the country, open to parents of children with a clinical diagnosis of autism aged between 3 and 16 years, either with a dog or thinking of having a dog.

Creating your own video clip
Trendsetters guide to creating your own video clips for the Internet. This is a follow-up to a workshop with a group of young disabled people (Scope).

A gesture of hope
Article about the use of gesture-based technologies (using computers etc.) for children with severe movement difficulties (SEN Magazine).

Children and Young People with Complex Health Needs
A booklet for families covering home life, relationships, fun, rights, future planning and useful links, (Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities).

Looking for an Ordinary Life
A related briefing “Looking for an Ordinary Life” reports on what families have found helpful, particularly where there is a child dependent on medical technology. The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities also have a number of other publications available.

Strawberry Jam Books
Free e-books and games for children aged 4-12, (Strawberry Jam Books / Hilary Hawkes).

The CNS Store
Online store of brain injury-related products, (Centre for Neuro Skills, USA.  The same organisation also has a specialist bookstore).

Camp Experts UK
Advisory service promoting summer camps and programmes for young people with special needs, mostly abroad, some in the UK.

Public services information relating to children and disability:

The Children and Families Act and The Care Act
Factsheet about the effects of the recent Children and Families Act and Care Act on the transition to adult services in England, (Preparing for Adulthood).

Destinations of key stage 4 and key stage 5 pupils: 2011 to 2012
Destinations data:  where pupils have gone on to after leaving school or college. Designed to help parents in their choice of school.

Human Rights: Human Lives
A guide for public services on implementing the Human Rights Act.

Implementing the 0-25 Special Needs System (England)
Updated guidance for local authorities putting the systems in place for September 2014,https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/implementing-the-0-to-25-special-needs-system.

Resources aimed at early years workers (England), showing what can be expected in nursery and pre-school provision as a result of the new system.

Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions
Proposed statutory guidance for supporting pupils at school with medical conditions (England) from September 2014.

Mental health and behaviour in schools
Guidance to assist schools to identify and support pupils with mental health needs, (Dept for Education).

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice
The new Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice for England, to replace the existing SEN Code of Practice for education, has been published.  The new one also includes health and youth offending organisations, and extends to the age of 25. Announcement by the Minister, Edward Timpson on 11 June. The Code can be found here and it comes into force on 1 September 2014, although initially some arrangements will be “transitional” from the existing system.