Resources for Families Supporting Children/Young People with Additional Support Needs

Information which can explain rights and access to services.

Supporting Disabled Children, Young People and their Families 

The Scottish Government have provided some guidance to help improve the experiences of disabled children, young people, and their families. The page provides links to information which can explain rights and access to services. There are also links to organisations which may be adapting their services to offer further support.

Click here to read the full Scottish Government article - Supporting disabled children, young people and their families: guidance

 You can find resources from other organisations below.

National Autistic Society

 

The National Autistic Society have lots of resources in relation to COVID-19.

The National Autism Implementation Team

The NAIT Team are professionals from Education, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Psychiatry, who have experience and expertise in working with autistic individuals of all ages, their families and others who support them. NAIT provide practitioner to practitioner advice.

They have developed lots of resources for parents

Contact

Contact is a national charity for families with disabled children who provide information, advice and support. They bring families together so they can support each other and campaign to improve their circumstances, and for their right to be included and equal in society.

Contact have a Scottish Facebook Page and UK Facebook Page which link to resources as well as guidance on Coping at Home.

Down Syndrome Scotland

Down Syndrome Scotland is a member-led charity supporting people with Down’s syndrome and their families and carers. They continue to offer support to families.

Enquire

Enquire is the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning. They aim to raise awareness of children’s rights to extra support in school. They help families and schools work together to ensure children get the support they need. They provide advice to children and young people who might be struggling in school.

 

Glasgow Disability Alliance

Glasgow Disability Alliance have set up closed Facebook support groups, including a Facebook support group for young disabled people. This group is a safe space to:

  • share your experiences and support each other
  • champion the voices of young disabled people on the issues that matter to you
  • and most importantly - have fun!

Important Note: Members of this group have to be approved to ensure it is a safe space. The group content will be moderated accordingly.

Talking Mats

Talking Mats have developed an easy read resource based on the World Health Organisation recommendations to help people with communication difficulties understand what they can and can't do.

 

Resources and Information About Returning to School

Parent Club

Parent Club have information for families who were shielding about the return to school as well as general information about children and young people returning to school and nursery.

NAIT Resources to Support ASD Children Returning to School

The NAIT Team are professionals from Education, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Psychiatry.  They have resources to support and guide planning for autistic children returning to education.  

NLC Communication Friendly Environments

You will find lots of visuals to support the return to school and nursery on the blog and on Facebook and Twitter.

Resource pack focusing on supporting a return to school, written by the NES Early Intervention TIPS Clinicians in NHS Grampian.

 

  

Visual Activity Planner

Having a routine can help to support sleep and managing emotions.  It doesn't matter that the routine is different from normal. Work out what works for your family. Encourage your family to get up, eat meals and go to bed at the same time every day, even at the weekends!  

Below is an activity planner and some ideas, activities and visual resources to help you build a routine.

  

Downloadable Planner and Visuals

Activity Ideas for Children or Adults with Severe Learning Disabilities

We know that many families are worried about the impact of the changes to everyday life due to COVID-19. Many children and young people with severe learning disabilities are at home more than usual.

Being at home will no doubt be difficult for family carers, especially when you have a relative who does not understand the reasons behind the restrictions.

This information sheet can help you to think about what activities you could do to fill the time, keep your loved ones occupied and help to maintain a calm, happy household.

Everyone is different and not all activities will be right for every family. You are the expert so use ideas that you think will suit your family.

Remember:

  • Some days will be better than others
  • Your relative may have a very short attention span (but it may be longer if the activity is enjoyable and meaningful)
  • It might be a time to try new activities
  • Activities don’t have to be fully completed, it’s about having some ‘fun’ and for some that could mean engaging in an activity for as little as a few minutes

Activity Ideas Visual Cards

Here are some activity ideas that you can try at home. These were developed by the Occupational Therapy team within the Learning Disabilities CAMHS Team.  You can download the visual cards with the activity ideas for indoor and outdoor games.