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Parent Workshops & Support

At Belmore Primary Academy we know that our parents/carers sometimes need advice on how they can support their child with Special Educational Needs, or any other concerns that they may have regarding their child’s development. 

As a school we will always try our best to provide support and advice to our parents/carers, but we appreciate that there are more experienced and qualified professionals that you can access.

This is where we hope this page will help.

Keep checking this page for regularly updated information regarding agencies, websites and events that are occurring within school and the community, which we think you could find helpful to support them to meet the needs of their children.

HIllingdon Family support Services (Stronger Families) 

 

Please click here to view Stronger Families Flyer.

Hillingdon Brilliant Parents 

‘We at Brilliant Parents and Hillingdon Council are here to help you as a parent/carer living in Hillingdon. We offer a wide variety of FREE online and face to face parenting courses and workshops for parents with children aged 2-11 or teens, 12-16 years and those parents whose children have additional needs.  The courses are held over a duration of 6-8 weeks and the workshops are one off and last for two hours each.  They cover specific subjects on common behaviour problems which you might be facing. These can range from dealing with challenging behaviour for the 2- 11 year olds or, reducing family conflict and coping with teenagers’ emotions.

Being a parent is not always easy but you are not alone if you find it tough at times. We are here to help you be the best parent you can be! 

Please follow/like our Hillingdon Brilliant Parents Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HillingdonBrilliantParents for regular updates on available workshops and events. You will also find handy information on how to deal with common parenting problems, useful tips, links, information on health and wellbeing and much more!

Register using Eventbrite 

Dear parents/carers,

Please see attached flyer for details on dates/times and how to register using Eventbrite, if you wish to learn more about the following topics from Contact (the charity for families with disabled children):

  • Encouraging positive behaviour
  • Helping your child sleep
  • Money matters
  • Early years education
  • Support for speech, language and communication (age 0-5)

 

Centre for ADHD and Autism Support 

Click on the button below to view information from the Centre for ADHD and Autism Support (CAAS) who are offering a workshop for those of you with year 6 children. Details on how to book onto the workshop are within the flyer.

 

FREE PARENTING SUPPORT 

‘’We at Brilliant Parents and Hillingdon Council are here to help you as a parent/carer living in Hillingdon. We offer a wide variety of FREE online and face to face parenting courses and workshops for parents with children aged 2-11 or teens, 12-16 years and those parents whose children have additional needs.  The courses are held over a duration of 6-8 weeks and the workshops are one off and last for two hours each.  They cover specific subjects on common behaviour problems which you might be facing. These can range from dealing with challenging behaviour for the 2- 11 year olds or, reducing family conflict and coping with teenagers’ emotions.

Being a parent is not always easy but you are not alone if you find it tough at times. We are here to help you be the best parent you can be! 

Please follow our Hillingdon Brilliant Parents Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HillingdonBrilliantParents for regular updates on available workshops and events. You will also find handy information on how to deal with common parenting problems, useful tips, links, information on health and wellbeing and much more!

If you are worried that your child may be at risk of exploitation we are also running a private Facebook Hillingdon Brilliant Parents Support Group. Just type this in your search bar and each request to join will be accepted.’’ https://www.facebook.com/groups/583142055942719

Kind regards

Alex Kidson

Hillingdon Children's Integrated Therapy Service 

Dear parents/carers,

Please see attached flyer. Hillingdon's children's therapy service regularly updates information and support for parents/carers, through their website:
www.cnwl.nhs.uk/hillingdon-talks-moves-plays

Where you can access Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy, and Occupational Therapy.

They also have a CITS advice line: 01895 488 200 and you can also take a look at their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.

Best wishes,

Hillingdon PCF
On behalf of the Steering Committee

HACS New Event 

Dear Parents, Carers & Professional’s

Don’t miss out on our training for parents, professionals and family members this term https://www.hacs.org.uk/training-and-events

Our next training sessions are:

Understanding Autistic Children and Young People

Wednesday 26th May 2021, 6.30pm – 9pm

This Interactive Zoom workshop for parents, carers and professionals. This Workshop explores the four areas of difference associated with autism. You will have opportunity to network with other families and ask questions in supportive surroundings

£10 per person or 50% discount for HACS Members. New Members will receive this Workshop ‘Free’.

*NEW* Hillingdon Secondary Transfer Support Session

Tuesday 8th June 2021, 7pm – 8.30pm

MEMBERS ONLY FREE SUPPORT SESSION - Is your child starting secondary school in September 2022?  If your child has an EHCP, Hillingdon SEND Team have started the phased transfer process and you should have recently received a letter explaining this process.  You will be required to submit your secondary school placement preferences by 16th July 2021.

he move to secondary school or further education is very daunting and it’s a big decision, one you have to get right.  If you’re finalising your child’s placement for a September 2022 start, we are running a FREE support session as a starting place to help you make the right choice.  We will guide you through the steps you need to understand and help you make the most informed decision.

Autism and Sensory Differences

Wednesday 9th June 2021, 6.30pm – 9pm

Autistic individuals experience sensory information in very unique ways. This session for parents and professionals will explore sensory experiences strategies to create autism-friendly environments.

£20 per person or 50% discount for HACS Members

Autism: Friendly Guide to Periods

Saturday 26th June 2021, 1pm – 3pm

Robyn Steward is Autistic and in 2019 published her second book " The Autism friendly guide to periods: This training is for people who are going to or have periods & those who support them (the session will be gender neutral) and will cover the basics of menstruation, what specific issues there can be for autistic people and How you can support yourself or someone else during the menstrual cycle.

£20 per person or 50% discount for HACS Members

Autistic Parenthood with Shona Murphy

Wednesday 30th June 2021, 8pm – 9pm

Shona Murphy, Autistic parent, Autism professional and academic will be sharing her research into the highs and lows of autistic parenthood and her experiences of being an autistic mother to two autistic children. This webinar will be useful for autistic people, carers of autistic people.       

£20 per person or 50% discount for HACS Members

Transition to Adulthood, Getting it Right from Year 9

Wednesday 14th July 2021, 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Planning for adulthood should start from Year 9, so that young people and their parents have the right support from Education, health and social care in their final years at school and beyond, to prepare for work and independent living.

£10 per person or Free to HACS Members

Understanding and Supporting Autistic Adults

Wednesday 21st July 2021, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Co-produced with autistic adults, this webinar will focus on the characteristics of autism and the challenges faced by autistic people in adulthood.

£20 per person or 50% discount for HACS Members. New Members will receive this Workshop ‘Free’.

Pre-recorded Webinar: Understanding PDA and Autism

Available on demand 6pm – 8.30pm

This recorded webinar is hosted by Laura Kerbey looks at the differences and similarities of Autism, Asperger's Syndrome and Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) and gives attendees a "tool-kit" of strategies to effectively support children and young people with this profile of needs.

£10 per recording or 50% discount for HACS Members – Email enquiries@hacs.org.uk to buy your copy

HACS Members please contact enquiries@hacs.org.uk for member discount codes

Autism and Anxiety 

Dear Members,

Don’t miss out on our training for parents, professionals and family members this term.  Visit https://www.hacs.org.uk/training-and-events to book your place!

Our next training sessions are:

Autism and Anxiety

Wednesday 12th May 2021, 6.30pm – 9pm

This interactive training is for parents, carers and professionals

Autism and Anxiety” will explore the underlying causes of stress and anxiety in relation to autistic differences, including how these may be expressed by autistic people.

£20 per person or 50% discount for HACS Members

Using the science of sleep to inform sleep hygiene

Saturday 22nd May 2021, 11am – 1.15pm

Sleep difficulties can be disruptive for people with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) and the people they live with. During this webinar, Dr Cornelius Ani and Dr Obeagaeli Ani will explore the science that underpins sleep and how that can be used to identify and address potential reasons for disrupted sleep, and other strategies to reduce sleep difficulties and improve outcomes for affected persons and their family.

£20 per person or 50% discount for HACS Members

Understanding Autistic Children & Young People

Wednesday 26th May 2021, 6.30pm – 9pm

This interactive Zoom training session will explore the four areas of difference associated with autism. You will be able to interact with the trainers and other parents throughout the session.

£10 per person or FREE for HACS Members – use the code AutismSupport20 at the checkout

Autism and Sensory Differences

Wednesday 9th June 2021, 6.30pm – 9pm

Autistic individuals experience sensory information in very unique ways. This session for parents and professionals will explore sensory experiences strategies to create autism-friendly environments.

£20 per person or 50% discount for HACS Members

Autism: Friendly Guide to Periods

Saturday 26th June 2021, 1pm – 3pm

Robyn Steward is Autistic and in 2019 published her second book " The Autism friendly guide to periods: This training is for people who are going to or have periods & those who support them (the session will be gender neutral) and will cover the basics of menstruation, what specific issues there can be for autistic people and How you can support yourself or someone else during the menstrual cycle.

£20 per person or 50% discount for HACS Members

Anxiety and Behaviour Support meetings

Anxiety Support Tuesday 18th May 2021 7pm – 8.30pm

Behaviour Support Tuesday 8th June 2021 7pm – 8.30pm

These online meetings are FREE TO MEMBERS ONLY -who are supporting an autistic person who is currently being affected by Anxiety or Behaviours that challenge and would like to seek advice about these issues. (Please note that our staff are not medically trained. The advice provided via these groups is not suitable for acute, crisis or emergency cases.)

Pre-recorded Webinar: Understanding PDA and Autism

Available on demand 6pm – 8.30pm

This recorded webinar is hosted by Laura Kerbey looks at the differences and similarities of Autism, Asperger's Syndrome and Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) and gives attendees a "tool-kit" of strategies to effectively support children and young people with this profile of needs.

£10 per recording or 50% discount for HACS Members – email enquiries@hacs.org.uk to buy your copy

HACS Members please contact enquiries@hacs.org.uk for member discount codes

Kind Regards

HACS TEAM
Hillingdon Autistic Care and Support
HACS Resource Centre
Dudley Place, Off Pinkwell Lane
Hayes
UB3 1PB
Tel: 0208 606 6780

Hillingdon move, talks and plays 

Click below for more information.

 

Affordable Sensory Equipment 

Dear parents/carers,

In response to parents nationwide, the Caudwell Children charity are providing affordable sensory equipment through their "Get Sensory Packs" scheme

Sensory Packs

Parents/carers are required to pay £20 to cover 20%. Eligibility criteria is provided in the above link.

Best wishes,
Hillingdon PCF
On behalf of the Steering Committee

Centre for ADHD and Autism Support Digital Offer 

Dear parents/carers,

Please click here to view details of what's digitally on offer, in terms of support service and education during COVID-19 lockdown.

Best wishes,
Hillingdon PCF
On behalf of the Steering Committee

SEND & Inclusion at Hillingdon - COVID-19 update 

Dear parents/carers,

Please click here to read the letter from Vikram Hansrani, Assistant Director for SEND & Inclusion at Hillingdon. The letter is a direct communication to you as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and the consequent temporary amendment to legislation. The document ends with a useful Frequently Asked Questions section, but please reply if you have further questions or uncertainties and we will forward these to the SEND & Inclusion team.

Best wishes and stay safe.
Hillingdon PCF
On behalf of the Steering Committee

Hillingdon Educational Psychology Service Resources 

Dear parents/carers,

Please see below for some very useful links and book listings circulated by our Education Psychology Service, to encourage and assist you with conversations with your children and young people at this time.

Best wishes,

Hillingdon PCF
On behalf of the Steering Committee

Resources for Schools and Parents

We all realise how difficult it can be trying to talk to children and young people about global crises. As psychologists we are often asked about how much to tell children, how and when to talk to them, and how we can feel prepared for challenging conversations. We have therefore started to compile a list of resources and helpful websites for you to use over the coming weeks.

American Psychological Association: Information on Pandemics (a wide range of resources)
https://www.apa.org/practice/programs/dmhi/research-information/pandemics?utm_source=linkedin&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=apa-pandemics&utm_content=pandemics-resources


Anna Freud: Self-Care and Coping Strategies
https://www.annafreud.org/selfcare/ 


BBC: How to protect your mental health
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51873799


CBBC: Video and Questions
https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51861089 


ChildMind: Talking to Children
https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/


ELSA: Coronavirus Story for Children
https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/coronavirus-story-for-children/


National Association of School Psychologists: Parent Resources
https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource


Young Minds: Feeling Anxious about Coronavirus
https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus 

 

Books

Something Bad Happened: A Kid’s Guide to Coping with events in the News
Dawn Huebner. How to process different world events (ages 6-12).


The Day the Sea Went Out and Never Came Back
Margot Sunderland. A story for children who have lost someone they love (ages 4-12).


Draw on Your Emotions
Margot Sunderland. A resource to help people express and communication their emotions. 


What To Do When You’re Scared & Worried: A Guide for Kids
James Crist. A help guide to processing fears and worries (ages 9-13).


Have You Filled A Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids
Carol McCloud. Encourages positive behaviour and expressing kindness and appreciation.


How are you Peeling: Foods with Moods
Saxton Freymann & Joost Elffers. Explores how emotions look through pictures of Foods. A good way to talk about emotions with young children.


The Way I Feel
Janan Cain. Explores feelings and a helpful way to talk about emotions with young children.


A Terrible Thing Happened
Margaret Holmes. A story for children who have witnessed violence or trauma (ages 4-8).
 

To find out more information on Hillingdon EPS Service, visit our EPS Local Offer page: click here

British Dyslexia Association 

Dear parents/carers,

The subject of dyslexia has been raised by a parent, so we thought we would share some useful information with you all. 

The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) uses the Rose (2009) definition for dyslexia - "a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling". People with dyslexia process information in a different way. The website says that 10% of the population are believed to be dyslexic and that a child can only be diagnosed with dyslexia through a diagnostic assessment but these are usually only carried out from 7 years old.

The BDA website can be accessed here:
https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/

Please watch this 3 minute video, because it is important to remember that there are positives to thinking differently. Many dyslexic people show strengths in areas such as reasoning and in visual and creative fields.

https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/dyslexia/about-dyslexia/what-is-dyslexia

BDA advice

https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/advice/children

National Disabled Identification (DID) Card 

Dear parents/carers,

One of our members kindly wrote to us with the below link to share with you all:

https://www.did-card.co.uk/

The National Disabled Identification (DID) Card was introduced in response to disabled people posting comments in a number of social media sites that they were getting tired of constantly having to carry their paperwork proving they were entitled to some form of disability benefit in order to obtain a concessionary rate.

Not every disability is visible. Parents of children with disabilities and special needs, whose children's disability is not immediately obvious, such as autism, global developmental delay and other disabilities, find it hard to explain their disability, especially if the children present may be unaware that they have a disability.

Disabled individuals often do not want to request or highlight the fact they have a disability when they would be entitled to concessionary rates. There can be stigma attached to requesting disabled rates. Hopefully, this card is beneficial to you.

Autism Alert Card and Passport Scheme 

Dear Hillingdon Parents & Carers

An Autism alert card and passport scheme, has been introduced across London, as a result of a collaboration between the Metropolitan Police Service, City of London Police and British Transport Police. It has been developed following extensive consultations with individuals with autism and their parents, the National Autistic Society, Autism Partnership Boards, and supported by the National Police Autism Association.

The cards will alert officers to the fact that the individual may have difficulty with communication and exhibit unusual or unpredictable behaviour. In turn, officers will be able to make appropriate and reasonable adjustments and interact with the individual appropriately. The larger passports will include the same information and can be carried in bags or rucksacks for the individual to produce when required.

For further reading, please use this link: Launch of Autism Alert Cards

To receive your own card & passport, please send your full postal address in an email to: Autism@met.police.uk

Survey - The things that effect you on a daily basis 
 

We need your opinion!

We would like to know a little more about the things that effect you on a daily basis. 

If you would like to share some info with us that will help us to create a more detailed picture of the issues that are effecting our service users and shape the future projects and support provided by DASH, then please fill in the anonymous survey by clicking on the button below. 

Hillingdon Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) 

We have been asked to spread awareness about the following website, Hillingdon Talks: Hillingdon Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy (SALT)
https://www.cnwl.nhs.uk/hillingdon-talks/

You can access information about the three specialist SALT teams (Early Years, Mainstream, Hearing Impairment), including making a referral. Three teams but one service!

Please take a look at what the teams can offer, and to access information and support. We hope all our parents/carers make full use of this service.

Hillingdon Borough SEND Local Offer 

The purpose of the local offer is to enable parents and young people to see more clearly what services are available in their area and how to access them. Knowing what is available and how it is accessed gives more choice and control over what support is right for your child. Parents need to know how to access provision: whether through a statement (or an Education, Health and Care Plan) or not.

The offer includes provision from birth to 25, across education, health and social care and has been developed in conjunction with children and young people, parents and carers, and local services, including schools, colleges, health and social care agencies.

For more information click here