Offers information about the EHCP process, and when it may be beneficial to apply for an EHCP – it is always best to discuss this with school first.
If you think your child may be neurodivergent, or if they have a diagnosis of a neurodevelopmental condition such as ADHD or autism, this is an area where you can access signposting and information. There are many sources of support for children and young people in Leeds who are neurodivergent. You can explore the resources below with or without a formal diagnosis.
The Speech and Language Therapy Toolkit is provided by the Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust – it contains advice, activities and general resources to help with the development of children and young people’s speech, language and communication skills.
Information about getting a dyslexia diagnosis and strategies that can help support people with dyslexia
The National Deaf Children’s Society is the leading charity for deaf children. It gives expert support on childhood deafness, raises awareness and campaigns for deaf children’s rights, so they have the same opportunities as everyone else
The Buzz is the only website for deaf children and young people in the UK. It’s an opportunity for them to get information and support
Poetry for Childen with BSL
Leeds Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice Support Service – a free, confidential and impartial service for parents and carers, children and young people: SENDIASS Young People SEND information videos can be viewed on our playlists on Leeds SENDIASS YouTube Channel at: http://www.youtube.com/@leedssendiass4614/playlists
Leeds SENDIASS Young People information videos are for young people 16 and over and provide information about Special Educational Needs and/ or Disabilities (SEND) processes, designed in consultation with young people in Leeds with SEND.
SENDIASS Parent Carer Information Videos can be viewed on the Leeds SENDIASS YouTube channel by following this link:
These are narrated videos aiming to give parents and carers information and advice about key Special Educational Needs and Disability SEND processes. Information videos aim to support parents and carers to understand SEND processes in a step-by-step format and include targeted videos which can be viewed whilst filling out forms.
Time to Talk Next Steps
If you are a parent/carer of a 16–25-year-old with additional support needs in England this free support for your child and yourself will be useful in the journey for your child towards adulthood.
Time to Talk Next Steps is delivered by NDTi in partnership with Contact, designed to reach young people with additional support needs who may have limited or no plans for the future and are experiencing anxiety and, isolation. Young people don’t need to have a diagnosis or Education Health and Care Plan (ECHP). They may still be at school or college or have been out of education for some time.
All support is virtual (on the phone, teams, zoom – whatever suits you) and is tailored to the individual and their family.
To make a request for support please go to NDTi’s webpage : https://www.ndti.org.uk/projects/time-to-talk-next-steps
STARS are a team of autism specialists who offer advice and support both in schools and the community
National Autistic Society – a leading UK Charity for autistic people