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Getting support over the holidays We know that this can be difficult time for many SEND families, with reduced support, changes to routines, and stretched budgets. If you or your child are struggling over the holidays, here’s where to go for help: I need help right now with a mental health emergency I’m worried about…

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Getting support over the summer Whilst many of us are looking forward to the summer holidays, others will be feeling anxious about having their kids at home for six weeks without the structure and support of school. If you or your child are struggling over the summer, here’s where to go for help: I need…

SENDIASS explains Care Education and Treatment Reviews (CETRs) and who they are meant to help The SENDIASS advice line has been hearing from more families asking about Care Education and Treatment Reviews or CETRs. These were introduced a few years ago and are becoming more common. This is an unfamiliar topic for most parents and…

The continuing challenges of Covid-19 for children and young people with SEND and their families The pandemic continues to affect our families in lots of different ways. Although many children and young people have returned to school or college this term, the new ways we are having to work and study have created a whole…

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Looking after yourself this Christmas We all know Christmas can be hectic, which can be intensified when your child has a disability or additional need – and 2020 has thrown no end of difficulties our way with the Covid-19 pandemic, two national lockdowns and more. To top it off, the festive season is set to…

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Your top tips for coping with lockdown We recently asked parent carers to complete a survey which aimed to get a snapshot of some of the key challenges facing families with children and young people with SEND during the Covid-19 crisis. We got lots of insights into the problems you are facing but also brilliant tips about…

Making the most of online support communities Feelings of isolation and detachment are sadly all too common for parents and carers of children with additional needs. This may be because of the gap between your experience of parenting and that of your peers or sometimes because you are just too busy and exhausted to maintain…

The magical power of therapy for children with SEND Most children seem to reach everyday milestones effortlessly. When a child has additional needs, however, getting them to say words, take steps, sleep soundly, keep friends, or just stay well, can feel like a challenge. Therapy can help when you don’t know where or how to…

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