Information for Parents and Guardians

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Aids, Equipment and Adaptations

Contact for Families with Disabled Children have produced a guide for parents: Aids, equipment and adaptations. Click the button to view their guide.

Diagnosis Support Pack (DSP)

The Diagnosis Support Pack (DSP) has been co-produced by families for families following a diagnosis of a neurodiversity, and contains information, resources and signposting in a variety of media (video's, info-graphics, animations), split into 14 sections - from sleep to medication, and lots more.

 

The pack has been co-produced with the help of parents, young people, local Parent Carer Forums, CAMHS, Education Psychology and other key partners.

The DSP covers the following topics:

1.         Introduction

2.         Positives of Neuro-diversities

3.         Holistic Approach

4.         What to expect at your appointment

5.         Sleep

6.         Medication

7.         Talking about a diagnosis

8.         Sensory Processing Needs

9.         Mental Heath

10.      Supporting Social Communication Development in Autism

11.      Best Practice Guide – for professionals

12.      Contact Information and Resources

13.      Jargon Buster

14.      Printable resources and links


All pages have been made easy to follow, with links that that guide you through the pack.  As well as making the pack informative and useful, it was important to us that the pack uplifts people and celebrates neurodiversity. We know many families find receiving a diagnosis a challenging time, but empowering messages and having positive role models are so important to help parents/carers and young people on their journey.

https://www.cambscommunityservices.nhs.uk/beds-luton-community-paediatrics/diagnosis-support-pack

Transport applications for children and young people with SEND

The deadline for transport applications for children and young people with SEND has passed but we want to reassure parents that we will continue to process applications. Please send applications to the Transport Team as soon as possible otherwise we can’t guarantee a place for September 2021. Alternatively click on the link below: https://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/info/3/schools_and_education/530/apply_for_school_transport/4

If you have received a request from the team for student information, could this please be returned to them as soon as possible, to allow them to review current and future transport arrangements.   

Children's Services Guide 2021

Parents and carers do not need a referral to access our services but can call us on 01234 350704 (helpline) or 01234 214871 (general enquiries). It’s also worth noting that children and young people do not need a formal diagnosis to access our services.

Children's Centres SEND Support Coffee mornings

Houghton Regis Children’s Centre 

SEND Support virtual coffee morning every first and third Friday of the month,
10:30 – 11:30am

If you would like to book a space please call 0300 300 8115

Dunstable Children’s Centre

SEND Support virtual coffee afternoon every second and fourth Monday of the month.
2:00 – 3:00pm

If you would like to book a space please call 0300 300 8106/0300 300 8104

Leighton Buzzard Children’s Centre 

SEND Support virtual coffee afternoon every other Monday,
1:30 – 2:30pm

If you would like to book a space please call 01525 384368

Flitwick Children’s Centre 

SEND Support virtual coffee morning every first and third Thursday of the month,
10:00 – 11:00am

If you would like to book a space please call 0300 300 8111

Sandy Children's Centre

Super Kids Online – virtual support group for parents or carers with children who have SEND

10:30 – 11:30am - every other Thursday

Fortnightly catch ups and support online.  A chance to speak to professionals from the CDC, Early Years Support Team, Speech and Language plus more.

To book a free place contact Karen on 0300 300 6009 or email: karen.burton@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

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