The Accessing Public Services Toolkit supports children with brain conditions in Scotland and their carers in accessing the health, social care and education support services they are entitled to.
From physical and mental health, dealing with social services, financial and legal affairs and education, all our guides offer expert advice on issues we know you may be facing.
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This factsheet has been prepared as a starting point for parents of children that have just been diagnosed with a brain condition. It aims to provide an overview of the resources and information they need to get advice, help and support for their family.
This factsheet aims to provide information and useful resources to parents in England who suspect that their child may have autism. It explains how to obtain an autism assessment, highlights the importance of a timely diagnosis and what support you and your child may be entitled to if a diagnosis is made.
This factsheet aims to provide information and useful resources to parents in Wales who suspect their child may have autism. It explains how to obtain an autism assessment, highlights the importance of a timely diagnosis and what support you and your child may be entitled to if a diagnosis is made.
The Be-Well Checklist can help parents, carers and professionals to reduce challenging behaviour and improve the wellbeing of people with severe learning disability and complex needs. The Be-Well Checklist can be used by parents, carers and professionals when they are trying to work out why someone is showing a behaviour or might be distressed, angry, upset or appear to have very low mood.
This factsheet provides an overview to claiming Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for your disabled child.
This guide provides an overview of cognitive difference, particularly how cognitive inflexibility and impulsivity might present themselves in children with intellectual disabilities. It also offers potential support strategies for parents for difficult behaviours that may arise from cognitive difference.
This guide has been developed to help family carers of children with severe to profound intellectual disabilities to understand more about communication challenges and to suggest helpful strategies to improve communication.
This factsheet provides information on current government guidance relevant to disabled children living in England.
This guide provides an overview of the law regarding decision making, confidentiality and the sharing of information for parents of disabled children and young people.
This guide suggests how to search the Internet efficiently and how to appraise the huge amount of information which is freely available.
This factsheet explains what to do if you need help to care for a disabled child so that you can work or have a break form your caring responsibilities.
This factsheet explains what to do if you need help to care for a disabled child so that you can work or have a break from your caring responsibilities.
We know from our work on the LEaP Project that parents sometimes face problems in getting the right social care support for their disabled children. So what can you do if you’re not happy? Make a complaint. Use this guide to find out more.
Understanding your child’s diagnosis can help you better identify their individual needs and get support. We’ve put together some suggestions about where you can access information and support in the community.
Looking after your own wellbeing is one of the most important things you can do for the wellbeing of the whole family. You are the most important person in your child’s life, championing their wellbeing needs every day. For this to be sustainable, it’s really important that you find ways look after your own wellbeing needs too.
This toolkit is for parents and carers of children with a rare genetic condition, particularly those known to be associated with neurodevelopmental and mental health conditions (for example, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, anxiety and/or depression). The aim of this toolkit is to inform parents about mental health and neurodevelopmental conditions in children with rare …
It is unfortunately the case that many families struggle to access the education, social and health services for their children that they are legally entitled to. Here are some ways that may be helpful for parents in effectively achieving their goals.
This factsheet has been written to help parents and carers of children with an intellectual disability to understand what self-injury is, what the causes are and which interventions are effective.
Sensory processing refers to how people experience, interpret and use their senses to guide their day-to-day behaviour. This guide will outline the most common sensory processing difficulties people can experience, as well as providing an overview of sensory assessments and interventions and strategies for sensory processing difficulties.
If your child has hyper-reactivity they will experience too much stimulation from incoming sensory information. This factsheet suggests some strategies that may be helpful.
If your child has hypo-reactivity they may not respond to stimulation around them. This factsheet suggests some strategies that may be helpful.
This factsheet suggests some strategies that may be helpful if your child is sensory seeking. This is when people seek out certain sensory experiences.
Many young people with a disability or special educational needs (SEN) aren’t independent travellers and understanding what their rights are with regard to transport if they move on to education and training after compulsory schooling can be very confusing. The purpose of this factsheet is to look at what the law and government guidance say about transporting young people to their place of education or training.
The aim of this factsheet is to briefly summarise current scientific research about whether weighted blankets improve sleep in children with neurodevelopmental conditions. This factsheet is not intended to replace the advice of expert clinicians, but we hope that this summary of evidence will help parents and carers who are considering whether a weighted blanket …
This factsheet explains what you can do if you’ve been assessed by social services, but still aren’t getting the support you need.
This factsheet explains what can you do if you are unhappy with the way a local authority has changed or reduced your child’s care package.
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