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Here are the resources we found for special educational needs for professionals:
Know Your Friends with Josh & Sue
An animation providing basic information about how to stay safe and protect yourself online. This is aimed at children and young people with mild- moderate special educational needs.
I am a Student with a Learning Disability
A notecard confession video from a graduate student with a learning disability. People with a learning disability look ‘normal’ to their peers, which is why learning disabilities are often referred to as ‘hidden’ disabilities. This student tells us how it feels to be a young person with a learning disability, the labels and emotions, the challenges and misconceptions. She goes on to explain how with the right support and adaptations, people with a learning disability can succeed and achieve just as well as their peers.
Moving on to secondary school for young people with learning disabilities or special educational needs
The move from primary to secondary education can be stressful for any young person. It can be especially difficult for people with learning disabilities or people with special educational needs (SEN). This page contains a series of guides for pupils, parents and teachers on supporting young people with special educational needs in making a successful transition.
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Wolverhampton Information, Advice and Support Service
The Wolverhampton Information, Advice and Support Service offers impartial information, advice and support on matters relating to a child or young person’s special educational needs or disability from birth to 25 years. Wolverhampton Information, Advice and Support Service offer help on a variety of topics including; education, health and social care matters and relevant law, support available in schools, early years and post 16 settings, funding arrangements, how needs are identified and met, and disagreements and moving forward.
Carers Trust is a major charity for, with and about carers. Here you will find advice on money and benefits, legal matters, health and wellbeing, how to go about getting a carers assessment and carers breaks.
Contact a Family
Contact a Family is a national charity for families with disabled children and children with additional needs. The charity provides information, advice and support to families and campaigns to improve their circumstances, and for their right to be included and equal in society.
Independent Parental Special Education Advice
Independent Parental Special Education Advice (known as IPSEA) is a registered charity. IPSEA offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities.
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This page from the Black Country CAMHS website explores challenging behaviour in young people, and provides helpful advice and support about the issue.
This is a free to access resource, with no download, login or subscription requirements. This is an information sheet giving the reader information about learning difficulties, it includes what is meant by the term learning difficulties, and what can be done to help those who are living with a learning difficulties.
Disability and Illness
Children with significant mental health problems may fall within the definition of disability. In addition, children who have other disabilities have a much greater chance of developing mental health problems. This webpage covers children with learning disabilities, children with physical disabilities, where to find out more information about learning and physical disabilities, what schools can do, how to support children with disabilities and, other useful information on children with disabilities.
Special Educational Needs
One in six children has a special educational need and disability. SEND is a broad concept that is defined as children who have a significant difficulty with their learning and need additional support from the school. This webpage covers the schools legislative responsibilities, where to find out more about special education needs, other SEND code of practice responsibilities, what schools can do, and more information on children with special educational needs and disability.
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Guides for pupils with learning disabilities, their parents and teachers to help smooth the transition
“Making the move from primary to secondary school can be stressful for all involved and if you are a young person with a learning disabilities or other special educational needs these stresses can be magnified”.
This post contains links to guides which aim to support young people with learning disabilities, and their parents and teachers, in making the transition as smooth as possible.
Preparing Vulnerable Children for the Holidays
In this video seminar, Dr. Pooky Knightsmith explains how to help support vulnerable young people in the run up to the summer holiday. The informative seminar is supported by downloadable handouts that help teachers and support staff make holiday plans with young people so they know what to expect, who to turn to, and what their responsibilities are during the course of the break.