Ambitious about Autism - Family support
Ambitious about Autism are running a series of five family
support seminars, covering all areas for parents and carers of
children and young people with autism. The seminars are also
suitable for professionals.
The seminars will cover the following subjects:
- SEN statements: What you need to know – 22 October 2013
- How to get social care support while your child is in
education – 25 November 2013
- School exclusions: Know your rights – 30 January 2014
- How to achieve a successful transition to adulthood – 27
- Understanding the new SEN legal system under the
Children and Families Bill – 29 May 2014
To find out more please click here.
Contact a Family - New carers, family and
friends section on their website
On this new section of their website Contact a Family have
tips to help reduce stress for families and carers of disabled
children. Based on their face to face information sessions
conducted last year, their new web section Carers, family and friends, aims to help
parents and carers reduce stress in key areas.
Also, free printed copy of
Holiday, play and leisure guide
available from their helpline on 0808 808 3555 exclusively for
families of disabled children, you can also download the
guide here. It includes where to find suitable
play and leisure facilities, financial
help that may be available ,ideas for
suitable days out, your child's rights to
access playgrounds and leisure facilities and short breaks for
I CAN’s Chatterbox Challenge - Sounds Like fun with
Humf is open for registrations now!
I CAN, the children’s communication charity, have launched
their 13th annual Chatterbox Challenge this month. With
sponsorship from Openreach and TTS, and the continued support
of Humf from the popular children’s TV show, I CAN are calling
on as many early years groups as possible to get involved to
make this year’s event the best yet. Over 150 groups have
already registered for the Challenge so far.
Chatterbox Challenge: Sounds like fun with Humf
develops the communication skills of the under 5s through
learning and performing songs and rhymes based on sounds,
noises and even silence to highlight the difficulties faced by
1.2 million children in the UK with their speech, language and
Chatterbox Challenge activities have been written
by I CAN speech and language therapists and teachers and
activities are linked to the EYFS prime areas ‘Communication
and Language’ and ‘Personal, Social and Emotional
Development’. The Challenge activities can be used
with all children, including those with speech, language and
communication needs (SLCN).
Chatterbox Challenge Week is 10-16th
February 2014. Early years groups are encouraged to register
now at http://www.chatterboxchallenge.org.uk/?utm_source=I+CAN+PR&utm_medium=online+PR&utm_campaign=CBC2014).
The Makaton Charity - Tell us what you
The Makaton Charity is trying to learn more about the
children and adults who need to use Makaton to communicate and
the people who share their lives. Learning about your
personal Makaton experience will enable us to improve our
services and help people more effectively in the future.
A huge thank you to everyone who has completed the survey
so far, we’ve had a fantastic response!
The survey will close on 30th September, so if you haven’t
had your say yet, please fill in the survey as soon
as possible. Thank you!My Say
National Literacy Trust - Talk To Your Baby
This year's conference, 'Giving babies the best start: what
we know works and what's new' will take place on 25 November
in Central London.
Delegates from across the early years, healthcare, and
education, cultural and third sectors come back year after
year to learn, share best practice and be inspired.
NLT are delighted to announce a great line-up of expert
speakers that will give early years professionals the guidance
and support they need to deliver outstanding provision.
Please click here to find out more and book your