Earlybird and Earlybird Plus
This is an excellent course for improving your understanding of your child’s autism and discussing strategies to support them at home and school. It is offered to families with a child on the Autistic Spectrum, aged 4 – 8 years old at the start of the course. Each family has 2 places allocated – these can be mum and dad, or parent and a close family member eg grandparent / aunt / uncle or parent and friend. If you attend the course there is provision for a member of staff, from the school that your child attends, to also attend the training – this is very valuable in sharing home / school understanding of your child.
Please consider taking up the opportunity of this training – families who have attended training in the past have commented on how much more confident they feel, how much they enjoyed meeting and sharing experiences with other families and improvements in home / school support. - For further details contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note training sessions usually run from 9.30am -12.00 midday
but sessions are being held virtually at the moment due to the coronavirus and are running from 10.00 am to 11.15 am.
All virtual updated dates for AUTUMN TERM 2020 are :
Mon 28th Sept Mon 5th Oct Mon 12th Oct Mon 19th Oct Mon 9th November & Mon 16th Nov
There will be no sessions on 26th Oct or 2nd Nov
2 new courses will run before Easter as from 10 am to 11.15 am,virtually as follows :
1st Course : Mon 4th Jan 11th Jan, 18th Jan, 25th Jan, 1st Feb & 8th Feb. 2nd Course : 22nd Feb, 1st March, 8th March, 15th March, 22nd March & 29th March.A virtual programme consists of 6 sessions & maximum of 4 families.
Please note these dates may alter if courses return to face to face.
EarlyBird Healthy Minds
This is primarily a follow on course from the EarlyBird Plus aimed at parents of children aged 9 and over, however it is not compulsory to have completed the EarlyBird Plus to attend.
This quote about the course is taken directly from the NAS website:-
'The EarlyBird Healthy Minds programme is a six-session parent support programme to help promote good mental health in children with autism (including Asperger syndrome). Healthy Minds has been developed in response to recent evidence which indicated that a high percentage of autistic children are at risk of experiencing mental health problems in adolescence and adulthood. The programme aims to help minimise this risk.
Healthy Minds aims to empower parents, carers and accompanying professionals to understand more about the mental health issues that autistic young people may face.'
During the six Healthy Minds sessions, we will look at strategies that can help autistic children to:
- build self-esteem
- increase confidence
- reduce anxiety
- develop resilience.
Please contact the school, reference "EarlyBird Healthy Minds Course" if you would like an application form, please note that places are limited and may have to be appointed on a first come first served basis although priority may be given due to circumstances. You may also wish to note that this is not the same course being run by the NHS also called Healthy Minds.
Here are some quotes from parents attending previous healthy minds courses :
'Friendly small group, interesting information- looking forward to next week'
'Again all good ideas- we will try to implement.Great to discuss ideas & experiences.Thankyou !'
'Brilliant course -This has already helped us so much.'
'We have learnt how to help our son cope better,we have seen a big difference at home since attending the course '
'Lovely group,well presented.Lots of ideas sharing & good information throughout.Thankyou'
'Absolutely fantastic course,brilliant presenters,thoroughly enjoyed it - been a huge help '
NAS - Parent to Parent Service
NAS - Parent to Parent Service
Please see information below about the service available from the National Autistic Society.Find out more information on their web page or the online enquiry form by visiting the Parent to Parent pages of the NAS website.
We have our latest Ofsted Report,June 2019. - 'we are delighted to be able to share our latest Ofsted Report with you.Thankyou very much for your help and support - Working Together Learning Together we are able to create an environment that is the best that it can be for all of our youngsters.This is a fantastic letter,the content of which truly reflects your wonderful children,our wonderful staff and our officially 'OUTSTANDING' school.Congratulations!
Please see at the bottom of the page on attachments of the Ofsted Report.
Family Action Helpline
Family Action Helpline - 0808 802 0222 The Parent Helpline is FREE.Parents can call for a befriending service where a volunteer will support for a period of time or counselling can also be offered if required via telephone or email.
Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum - Please see their website Events page for further details (www.lincspcf.org.uk ) Telephone : 07925232466
Lincolnshire Parent Carer will be holding drop in Information Sessions around Lincolnshire to be able to meet professionals & share information - Please see the attached documents below for dates of the drop in sessions.
Learn more about support services, grants and information for you and your child at this Forum.
Family Dog Service, Lincoln - This service is for parents & carers who have a child with autism between ages 3 & 16 who are either looking at getting a dog or who want to train their own pet dog to help their child.The service consists of 3 workshops followed by emails & phone aftercare, the workshops will be held at Canwick Village Hall LN4 2RW starting in July 2020.Our link is https://www.dogsforgood.org/how-we-help/family-dog/our-workshops/family-dog-workshops-2020/
Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum are holding a signposting and Information 'Virtual' day on Tuesday 22nd September on Zoom.This will be throughout the day starting from 10 am to 8pm.This is for parents and carers of children with disabilities and additional needs.For further information please look at the attachment below - 'LCPS September Poster'
Little Miracles Parent/Carer Social Group,Bourne invite all parents & carers of children with special needs, disabilities or life threatening illnesses to their centre at Butterfields Centre, 2, North Road Bourne.
Big Little Miracles will be holding a Youth Club at The Deepings Caravan Park (outgang road,towngate east, market deeping pe6 8lq) for children 10 years & upwards (max 25 years) with additional needs, disabilities & life limiting illnesses.Held every 2nd Tuesday & 4th tuesday of the month 6pm-8pm..For further details see the attachment Big Little Miracles at the bottom of the page.
Little Miracles will be open on alternate Fridays from Friday 28th February 2020 between 9.30 - 11 am.It will be £1 which includes a hot drink & biscuits for adults and snacks/juice for children.Please come along to join in with the activities.
Please see further details for Little Miracles on the attachments at the bottom of the page.
There will be workshops running for Healthy Minds in Lincolnshire during 2020.These will be delivered by WebEx.Please see further details on attachments below.
- http://www.transitioninfonetwork.org.uk/page/1 - Transition Information Network
- www.cwdsi.co.uk -[This is the Lincolnshire County Council web-page for children with disabilities and/or sensory impairments,providing a range of sevices,information]
- www.careresconnect.me [Support for carers in Lincolnshire]
- www.autism.org.uk/pubs - The National Autistic Society publications
- www.autism.org.uk/amazonshop - The sensory world of autism
- www.paains.org.uk - This website is designed to be a gentle step by step guide into the fascination and rewarding world of Autism
- www.oassis.co.uk - 0ffice for Advice, Assistance, Support and Information on Special Needs.
- www.widgit.com - very good for free downloads of visual symbols - Also has a newspaper for older children, recipes, jokes, film reviews etc., also try ebay for Visual Resources.
- www.education.gov.uk/popularquestions/childrenand families/specialeducationalneeds.
- Lincolnshire Young Carers Count - Spurgeons - 01205 331322 email@example.com
- http://www.autism.org.uk/our-services/advice-and-information-services/parent-to-parent-service.aspx-NAS web page
- http://www.ceop.gov.uk - Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre
- http://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lscb - Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board
Other useful links:
- https://www.tigermobiles.com/2015/05/how-to-protect-your-children-on-their-smartphone/ - Advice on Safe Smartphone Use
- http://website.twtt.org.uk/ - This is the link for the Working Together Team website.
- Please see details below on the uploads and the Young Voices Poster about SEND Young Voices- which is for 11-25 age group so would be relevant to Year 6 .It is a group of young people that are working together to improve services for young children with SEND.
You will see below an attachment 'Sensory Processing' at the bottom of the page which is about project details to support children with Sensory Processing difficulties at the Autism Research Centre, University of Lincoln.The first step to participate in the project would be to complete the questionnaire. This can be accessed by this link : http://bit.ly/sensory-sensitivities-in-children
South Holland District Council have created a list of contacts to support people with accessing services they may need as a result of the ongoing impacts of the pandemic - Please see below on the purple tabs 'Essential Contact Numbers'
CORONAVIRUS Information - Please see the link below for further parental advice :
https://www.local.gov.uk/coronavirus-information-councils and attachments below explaining Coronavirus and advice.
Useful Documents For Parents - Please see below :