National Links, Support and Organisations
Please find below a list of charities and organisation which you may find useful. We do not endorse any of the products and services offered, this is just a list for your information. Parents - if you know of any other national charities or organisations you would like to recommend or share with us please let us know and we will add them here. Other parents and pupils will be able to access them.
Action on Hearing Loss
We're the UK’s leading charity supporting people with hearing loss, deafness and tinnitus.
If your child is having difficulties talking or understanding what others say, get in contact with Afasic. Lots of advice and fact sheets about speech, language and communication disorders.
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is a children’s mental health charity with over 60 years’ experience of caring for young minds. Our vision is a world in which children and their families are effectively supported to build on their own strengths to achieve their goals in life.
National Charity "taking action to support and protect the most vulnerable children and young people". From respite centres to campaigns against child trafficing.
Builiding brighter futures through autism research.
Changing Places, Changing Lives....
Over a 1/4 million people need Changing Places toilets to enable them to get out and about and enjoy the day-to-day activities many of us take for granted
Citizens Advice Bureau
0344 848 7903
Childhood Bereavement Network
The hub for those supporting bereaved children.
0207 843 6309
24 Hour helpline for children and young people
0800 11 11
Contact a Family
"For families with disabled children".
0808 808 3555
We’re an accredited, nationally recognised learning disability service provider with 90 services in England, Scotland and Wales. We provide tailored support and accommodation in residential and supported living services, as well as short breaks and community support.
Helping children to spread their wings.
The products we source and supply help make life a bit easier for a parent, and more fulfilling for their child. We specialise in finding those unusual items, including many specially designed for disabled children with specific needs. Our products are simple solutions to complex problems, and if we don't stock a product ourselves, we can point you in the direction of someone who does.
National charity supporting childrens' speech, language and communication. Lots of useful advice, fact sheets and a helpline.
I CAN’s Enquiry Service enables you to speak to a speech and language therapist for free via the telephone, email, Skype or Facebook. Call 020 7843 2544
The first stop for information on children's communication: www.talkingpoint.org.uk
National Autistic Society (NAS)
The National Autistic Society is a national charity set up to support those affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
TOO MUCH INFORMATION - NAS CAMPAIGN
I'm not naughty. I'M AUTISTIC.
Sometimes sounds feel like my head is exploding. Clothes feel like my skin is burning. And when a tiny thing changes, it feels like my world is ending.
SOMETIMES I GET TOO MUCH INFORMATION. AND IF YOU ONLY SEE A NAUGHTY KID, YOU HAVEN'T GOT ENOUGH.
Understand autism, the person and what to do. Visit: www.autism.org.uk/TMI
My son's not naughty - he's autistic.
It's just that sometimes he gets overwhelmed. The bright lights reflecting on the shopping centre floor. The different music coming from different shops. The smell of the perfumes on every shopper, the wafts of coffee, tea, burgers, chips.
Every face, every conversation. Everything, all at once. So if you see someone having a meltdownm don't judge them - think TMI instead. It can make a world of difference to someone like my son.
Give the person some time - it can take a while to recover from an information overload.
Try to create a quiet, safe space as best you can. Ask people to move along and not to stare; turn off loud music and turn down bright lights.
Imagine feeling so overloaded that you just could not cope. Imagine the difference it would make if someone showed you a little kindness, rather than judging you as a naughty kid having a meltdown, or a "weirdo" flapping their hand.
UNTIL EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS ......
Finding it hard to imagine ? Then find out from autistic people what it really feels like. Get more information at www.autism.org.uk/tmi.
Online parenting community for support on all sorts of topics,. Links to local information and support too. Highly recommended.
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Place 2 Be
Place2Be is a children's mental health charity providing school-based support and in-depth training programmes to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families,
teachers and school staff.
Royal Patron: HRH The Duchess of Cambridge
Relate - North West London
Relationship counselling and mediation services for Individuals, couples and families.
Tel: 0208 427 8694
RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind)
Supporting people with sight loss.
"We offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way - about whatever is getting to you"
24 hours a day
Freephone 116 123
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"People with learning disabilities are more likely to have sight loss and less likely to get the help and support they need
We have been supporting people with sight loss and multiple disabilities for over 200 years."
Sensory Integration Network
Helping children and adults with SI (sensory integration) difficulties
Charity for people going through homelessness or housing crisis.
"We're here so no-one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own".
Signalong provides training and resources to assist those with communication difficulties and English as an additional language.
Signalong is a key word sign-supported communication system based on British sign language and is used in spoken word order. It uses speech, sign, body language, facial expression and voice tone to reference the link between sign and word.
We use SignAlong at Meadow High School
Better futures for young lives with epilepsy and associated conditions.