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Information web links to support parents with children who have SEN Needs

ACE - the Advisory Centre for Education - gives good information and advice about Admissions, Attendance, Bullying, Exclusions and Special Educational Needs.

British Dyslexia Association - a useful website with information about dyslexia, assessment and identification, exam concessions etc.

Cambian Education - The largest provider of specialist residential education and care for young people with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome in UK.

CAMHS: The new CAMHS central point of contact 

Children’s Legal Centre – provides legal advice, information and representation for children and young people.

Contact a Family (CaF) – are an excellent organisation providing information and support to parents of children with many different sorts of disability, including parent-parent support. They also provide comprehensive well written booklets written in a clear concise manner for parents, teachers and young people

Cerebra - help to support parents/carers with children who have sleep issues. They also have a stress helpline.

 Dyslexia research trust - for diagnosis service. The mission of the Dyslexia Research Trust (DRT) is to help people with reading difficulties, especially young children, to achieve their full potential in life.

 Dyspraxia Foundation - offers information and supports individuals and families affected by developmental dyspraxia through books, suggestions, a teen newsletter, and an adult support group. A national charity offering information support and advice about parenting, including challenging behaviour, emotional wellbeing, teenagers etc, details about specialist advice, parenting groups in your area.

Family Planning Association - has books specifically for parents of children with disabilities, including workbooks about growing up. - IPSEA - Independent Parental Special Education Advice, a charity which offers legal advice, support and training to ensure children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) access the right education.

Jungle memory - Online memory training for youngsters aged 6-16. Requires a subscription. - Memory boosters for children aged 4-11, especially those with special educational needs - Mental Health Foundation has on-line information about anxiety, depression, ADHD etc. - Boosting working memory programs for children 2-11 or 11-adult. - My life my choice - helping people speak up and develop their skills - The National Autistic Society give useful advice to parents of autistic children, including an online directory which will pull together information according to your child’s age diagnosis and where they live. - National Deaf Children’s Society – have an informative website including information about a new software reader for spoken text on the web. - find information about ASD, SPLD and other medical conditions. 

Somerset Choices: This website contains lots of services and information that may help families including Somerset’s Local Offer. The website aims to help families to help themselves with the right service at the right time in the right place.

Somerset County Council – Code of Practice: This includes schools, childcare, fostering and adoption and SEND information.

Somerset SENDIAS: - They give children, young people and their parent carers information, advice and support about SEND. This can include information on Education, Health and Care (EHC) Needs Assessments and Plans.

SOS SEN - A national charity aiming to empower parents and carers of children and young people with SEN and disabilities to access the help they are entitled to, particularly in the education system. - Speech and Language Services – Talking Point provides a guide to speech and language services and useful links to other associated websites. - Young Minds – a national charity committed to improving the mental health of all children, advice about depression, eating disorders, and other mental health issues affecting children, see website for details. - Young Peoples Inclusion Network provides online guidance about both strategy and putting Inclusion into Practice covering issues such as Leisure and Sports Services , Youth Provision, Transport and Independent Living. - Multi Sport – developing sports activities for children and young people with Cerebral Palsy. - Special Olympics – provide training and the opportunity to compete locally and nationally in a variety of sporting activities for children and young people with a learning disability. Organising new activities where specialist sports activities do not exist.

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