Useful Links for Parents
ACE – the Advisory Centre for Education – gives good information and advice about Admissions, Attendance, Bullying, Exclusions and Special Educational Needs.
ACT Foundation – offers grants to enhance the quality of life of people in need, for example grants for equipment or adaptations where the Local Authority cannot help.
www.ace-centre.org.uk – Augmentative and Alternative Communication – find out more about the excellent and very specialised service provided to children and young people who have difficulty speaking, because of physical problems, from the base at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospital in Oxford
Anti-bullying Alliance – gives useful information and advice about how to deal with bullying and the impact that bullying can have.
Association of Young People with ME – a chance for young people confined to home by ME to have online friends and discussions and to find out about their condition.
http://www.autism.org.uk/ – NAS, The National Autistic Society, give useful advice to parents of autistic children, including an online directory which will pull together information according to your child’s age diagnosis and where they live.
British Dyslexia Association – a useful website with information about dyslexia, assessment and identification, exam concessions etc.
Bullying UK – offers on line advice and support to try to prevent or deal with bullying including information for children.
Cambian Education – The largest provider of specialist residential education and care for young people with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome in UK.
Childrens Legal Centre – provides legal advice, information and representation for children and young people.
Contact a Family (CaF) – are an excellent organisation providing information and support to parents of children with many different sorts of disability, including parent-parent support. They also provide comprehensive well written booklets written in a clear concise manner for parents, teachers and young people
Cerebra – help to support parents/carers with children who have sleep issues. They also have a stress helpline.
Dyslexia research trust – for diagnosis service contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01865 282260. For an assessment or for help and support, phone the clinic helpline on 01189 585950.
Dyspraxia Foundation – offers information and supports individuals and families affected by developmental dyspraxia through books, suggestions, a teen newsletter, and an adult support group.
Education Otherwise – a UK based membership organisation which provides support and information for families who choose to educate their children at home.
http://familylives.org.uk– A national charity offering information support and advice about parenting,including challenging behaviour , emotional wellbeing ,teenagers etc, details about specialist advice, parenting groups in your area.
Family Planning Association – has books specifically for parents of children with disabilities, including workbooks about growing up.
http://www.lucid-research.com/– a useful website which can give you information about particular issues facing parents of children and young people with autism such as getting a diagnosis to dealing with puberty.
Jungle memory – Online memory training for youngsters aged 6-16. Requires a subscription.
www.lucid-research.com – Memory boosters for children aged 4-11, especially those with special educational needs
www.mentalhealth.org.uk – Mental Health Foundation has on-line information about anxiety, depression, ADHD etc.
www.masteringmemory.co.uk – Boosting working memory programs for children 2-11 or 11-adult.
www.mylifemychoice.org.uk – My life my choice – helping people speak up and develop their skills
www.myworldautismsupport.co.uk – MY WORLD offers bespoke day opportunities for people aged 16 and above on the autistic spectrum.
www.natspec.org.uk – NATSPEC – National Association of Specialist Colleges provides information and training to meet the inclusive learning needs of students with learning difficulties/disabilities.
www.ndcs.org.uk – National Deaf Children’s Society – have an informative website including information about a new software reader for spoken text on the web.