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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.

ZOOM call hosted by SEND Family Support 

Please see attached for details on how to register for a ZOOM call hosted by SEND Family Support.

 

HACS - whats on this week
 

Service Update from HACS

We have a busy week ahead with virtual support and webinars - don't miss out there's still time to book.

Our Resource Centre will remain closed throughout July as our staff continue to
work from home.  You can access our full range of advice services via telephone or Zoom.

WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK
Virtual Support Group
Weds 1st July, 11am or 7pm - register here

18, 25 and beyond: Legal Advice Webinar
Thursday 2nd July, 7pm - register here

There's still time to apply for the Summer Playscheme - the application deadline is 30th June 2020. We've had over 100 applications so far, so there will strictly be no late exceptions.
Register here
 

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

HACS Invitation to a Virtual Parents Support Group  

Dear parents/carers,

HACS invites you to join them in a virtual parents support group on Wednesday 6th May, with two time options to suit your day. Please use the link below to register.

Registration Link

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

Tea with the Easter Bunny
 

Dear parents/carers,

You are invited by HACS, to have "Tea With The Easter Bunny". Places are available for the 2.30pm slot on Sat 4th April.

Multi-Sport Session 

Dear parents/carers,

Today and every Saturday from 1.45pm to 3.15pm, Queensmead Sports Centre are offering a fun and relaxed multi-sport session. Sports include football, basketball, curling and boccia. Open to 8 to 19-year-olds with special educational needs and disabilities.

A parent/carer must accompany the young person, £3.00 per session.

Easter Holidays and Saturday​​​​​ Activities  

Dear parents/carers,

Please find the attached information regarding Activities for Children and Young People with Disabilities and/or additional needs over the Easter Holidays and Saturdays throughout the year.

Please contact the number on the flyer directly for more information or to make a referral

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

Mark Brown workshops specialising in SEN 

Dear Members and Friends of HACS,

We are pleased to announce the return of Mark Brown and his workshops specialising in Special Educational Needs.  

£20pp for Members / £30pp for Non-Members

If you would like to attend, please complete the booking form attached and return to: catherine@hacs.org.uk

Bookings will be confirmed upon payment being received. Payment methods are listed on the booking form.

If you would like more information, please find the workshop flyers below.

Easter Break Activities 

Dear parents/carers,

Please see attached flyer for activities available over the Easter school break. We are sending this out early, to give you enough time to apply for places, so please don't leave it too late. The Easter club will run from 6th to 9th April (then it's the Easter Bank Holiday weekend) and again from 14th to 17th April.

To make enquiries and to book, please either email cyp@harrowmencap.org.uk or call 0203 948 0544.

February Half Term Fun Activities 

Dear parents/carers,

Please see attached flyer, giving details of all the fun activities to be had over the half term break 17th - 21st Feb, for children/young people with SEND.

Age groups are 5-7 and 8-18

£5 per hour

Call 0203 948 0544, or

email cyp@harrowmencap.org.uk

for more information and the booking process.

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.

The Children’s Sleep Charity Sleep Better Workshop 

The flyer below provides details for the free 'Sleep Better Workshop' which run by Wendy Thomas, Sleep Practitioner, and held in Eastcote at the Centre for ADHD and Autism.

There is a booking link on the flyer for anyone who is interested in attending. Places are limited and parents/carers will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Brilliant Parents 

Dear parents/carers,

An organisation called 'Brilliant Parents' are currently commissioned by the London Borough of Hillingdon to deliver parenting programmes across the borough. They have the following programmes taking place in the Spring term.

  • Triple P Group  - For adult parents who have children aged between 2-11 years old, sessions held at Grange Park Junior School
  • Triple P Stepping Stones - For adult parents who have children aged between 2-11 years old with additional developmental disabilities, sessions held at John Locke Academy

There are still places available for residents of the London Borough of Hillingdon who may need some parental support. Please find attached the flyers with further details of how to make direct contact, to confirm interest or you can email here enquires@brilliantparents.org

 

Upcoming Workshops - Centre for ADHD & Autism Support​​​ 

Please click on the link below to view our Workshop Newsletter.

HACS Workshops February - April 2020 

We are excited to share our up and coming workshops. Please click on the link below to view our Workshop Newsletter for more information.

Bookings are now open! Please complete the booking form attached to request your place and make payment as indicated on the form. It is important to reference your payment as indicated on the booking form. 

Workshops coming up:

  • Understanding Autism
  • Autism & Anxiety
  • Autism: Sensory Differences
  • Autism: Promoting Positive Behaviour

Legal Advice Workshops coming up:

  • Obtaining an Education, Health & Care Plan
  • NHS Continuing Healthcare, Adult Social Care, Powers of Attorney & Deputyships
  •  Getting the most out of your Annual Review

Fun Family Movement Workshop 

Sleep Success 

Please click on the link below to view a flyer for the Sleep Success Workshop that is being held at Barra Hall Children's Centre on Wednesday 5 February 2020.

Dyspraxia Foundation - Coffee Mornings 

Dear parents/carers,

The Dyspraxia Foundation holds coffee mornings for people to get together in friendly and relaxed surroundings, for informal chats/discussions. Details below for your diaries:

10:00am on the following Thursdays:

  • 16th Jan 2020
  • 19th March 2020
  • 14th May 2020
  • 18th June 2020

 

Meadow High School
Royal Lane
Hillingdon
Middlesex UB8 3QU
(Parking at the school is limited)

 

Email here with any questions: dyspraxiahillingdon@yahoo.co.uk

More information: https://dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk/

 

Best wishes,
Hillingdon PCF
On behalf of the Steering Committee

HACS Workshop 

Dear parents/carers,

HACS have published their spring 2020 workshops, in the attached newsletter. Please follow the instructions below to make your bookings. 

Workshop newsletter includes dates for:

  • Understanding Autism
  • Autism & Anxiety
  • Autism: Sensory Differences
  • Autism: Promoting Positive Behaviour

COMING SOON:

  • Legal Advice Workshops

For dates and prices, please open our newsletter attached below. 

How to book

Booking in advance is required. Please complete the booking form attached to request your place. Send your booking forms to us by email, post or by hand. 

Email:          catherine@hacs.org.uk 

Post or deliver by hand: HACS, Dudley Place, Hayes, UB3 1PB

Telephone to complete a booking form: 0208 606 6780

Your booking will be confirmed once payment has been received.

Triple P Stepping Stones Course 

Dear Parents & Carers

There is still some availability for Triple P Stepping Stones course, which is for parents whose children have additional needs. Please click on the link below to view a flyer with further details, including contact details if you are interested.

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