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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.

Training for Parents 

Dear Parents and Carers

Don’t miss out on our training for parents, professionals and family members this term.  We’ve added new FREE training, including our brand new “Understanding and Supporting Autistic Adults”  and our legal Advice Workshop in partnership with SEN Legal, “EHCP’s: Navigating the Maze”

Training & Events | HACS Charity

Our next training sessions are:

Understanding Autistic Children & Young People

Wednesday 9th December 2020, 6pm – 8.30pm

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 50% discount for Parent/Carer Forum Members - only £5 - please use booking code HillPCF at the checkout

 

*NEW* Understanding and Supporting Autistic Adults

Wednesday 16th December 2020 6pm – 8.30pm

This interactive Zoom training session has been co-produced with autistic adults and is aimed at family members, supporters and professionals to gain an insight into autism and understand what this means in a positive way, so that they can improve wellbeing and help the people they support to enjoy successful adult lives. You will be able to interact with the trainers and other attendees throughout the session.

£10 per person 50% discount for Parent/Carer Forum Members - only £5 - please use booking code HillPCF at the checkout

 

 

*NEW* Autism & Sensory Differences

Wednesday 20th January 2020 6pm – 8.30pm

Autistic individuals experience sensory information in very unique ways, including over-sensitivity, under-sensitivity or poor modulation. This Zoom training session for parents and professionals will focus on the sensory experiences of autistic people, how to reduce sensory distress and strategies for creating autism-friendly environments.

£10 per person 50% discount for Parent/Carer Forum Members - only £5 - please use booking code HillPCF at the checkout

 

*NEW* Legal Advice Workshop: EHCP’s: Navigating the Maze

Thursday 28th January 2020 6pm – 8.30pm

This workshop is for Parents and Carers of Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs who are new to the system and want to know what to do.  You may be thinking of applying for an EHC Plan, you may already have applied and been turned down, or your Local Authority may have said ‘Yes’ and you are wondering what happens next and what to look out for. You may already have an EHCP and want to learn more about your legal rights, such as the Annual Review process.

£20 per person 50% discount for Parent/Carer Forum Members - only £10 - please use booking code HillPCF at the checkout

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 person 50% discount for Parent/Carer Forum Members - only £5 - please use booking code HillPCF at the checkout

 Kind regards,
HACS Team

Hillingdon Autistic Care & Support
HACS Resource Centre
Dudley Place, Off Pinkwell Lane
Hayes
UB3 1PB

 

Tel:0208 606 6780

Santa’s Grotto and Christmas Market 

Dear Parents,

In a year like no other, we have sadly had to cancel a few events including what would have been the fourth SEND Santa’s Grotto and Christmas Market. Still SEND Family Support are determined to bring some Christmas Joy this year and thanks to the Hillingdon Carers Champion and Anna Kennedy Online we can.

Our SEND Santa was so sad that he can’t see you all in his SEND Santa’s Grotto and Christmas Market this year, so he has asked our SEND Family Support Helpers if we can send/deliver some Christmas gifts on his behalf along with a message from him at his SEND Santa’s Grotto.

ONLY £4 per child – for children with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities and their Siblings.

In return each SEND child and their siblings (within 1 household) will receive a £5 Love to Shop Gift Card (which can also be used online), a selection box donated from Anna Kennedy Online and a message from the SEND Santa himself sent/delivered to your door by Santa’s SEND Family Support Helpers.

If you are a parent of a child/young adult with special educational needs & disabilities in and around the London Borough of Hillingdon and would like to register your send child and their siblings for the Gift Delivery go to www.sendfs.co.uk/send-santas-grotto-gift-delivery/

We have limited funding so will work on a first come first serve basis. So please be sure to book asap, so not to be disappointed. Registration will close at midnight on 6th December or when fully booked.

Deliveries will be made between 1st & 13th December of the gifts and will follow current COVID-19 delivery guidance. After registration and payment is received, Santa’s SEND Family Support Helpers will contact you to arrange best method to deliver the Christmas Gifts.

Once registered we will soon send you an email with the PayPal link to make your payment for the service.  All money raised will go towards future SEND Family Support Services & Events.

For information contact us on info@sendfs.co.uk or call 07752169849.

If you know any other families caring for individuals with special educational needs and disabilities please feel free to share the above info. 

Regards,

SEND Family Support Helpers

Discount Training Sessions 

Dear parents/carers,

Please register and book your discounted ticket for tomorrow's Zoom training on the HACS website training page, link below.

The discounted session on 9th December can be accessed in the same way.

On behalf of the Steering Committee

Subject: Don't miss our free and discounted parent training sessions!

Have you checked out our brand new website and event calendar?  We have a range of parent/carer training on offer this term, just check out our training page https://www.hacs.org.uk/training-and-events

Our next training sessions are:

Autism & Anxiety

Wednesday 11th November 2020

This interactive Zoom training session will explore the underlying causes of stress and anxiety in relation to autistic differences, including how these may be expressed by autistic people.  You will be able to interact with the trainers and other parents throughout the session.

50% discount for Parent/Carer Forum Members - please use booking code HillPCF at the checkout

Understanding Autism

Wednesday 9th December 2020

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.

50% discount for Parent/Carer Forum Members - please use booking code HillPCF at the checkout

Kind regards

HACS Team

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

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