Speech & Language

Click the link below to access the information poster for speech and language telephone advice line SLT Telephone Advice Line Poster

Activities and groups

Please click the link below to access the Lancaster and Morecambe additional needs what’s on guide for November and December
Whats on guide l&m Nov Dec 22

A Spectrum Connection: Young person’s peer support group (16+)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/aspectrumconnection

Spectrum Gaming A community for autistic gamers of all ages.
https://www.spectrumgaming.net/
Spectrum Gaming Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/Spectrum0Gaming

Lancashire Break Time
Details of what’s on offer during the summer term and half term holiday are now on the Local Offer: https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/children-education-families/special-educational-needs-and-disabilities/things-to-do/lancashire-break-time/

Unique Kidz and Co http://www.uniquekidzandco.org.uk/
Term time and school holiday groups available.
Baking, arts and crafts, outdoor activities, sports, sensory activities, music etc
5-18 years
01524 831132

Mo Ro’s https://www.morecambe.lancsngfl.ac.uk/clubsandactivities/out-of-school-clubs/
Morecambe Road School, Monday – Friday 3:30pm – 5:30pm (Term time)
Outdoor activities including trikes and bikes, adventure trail, playground games
Indoor: film night, IT activities/gaming, arts and crafts, cookery, sensory equipment
4-16 years
01524 414384 or 07772 081042

Disability Friendly sessions at Jump Rush https://www.jump-rush.com/
Thursdays 4.00-5.00pm, £6.00 per jumper (carer jumps for free)
‘During these sessions we bring down our level of sensory and auditory stimulation with appropriate sound and lighting, and also have a “quiet room” where people can go if they need the
space to re-balance and process. We also have a wheelchair lift up to the trampoline area though it is not permitted to take wheelchairs onto the trampolines.
We welcome both children (from aged 2) to adults to this session.

 X-Height climbing wall at Salt Ayre leisure centre
Additional Needs Sessions – Lancaster City Council
Thursdays 5.00 – 5.50pm / 6.00 – 6.50pm, Sundays 4.00 – 4.50pm
£6 per child, aged 5+, siblings welcome
‘We use fun sensory activities on the wall to improve climbing and confidence. This is also a fun session that helps to give a comfortable place to socialise. All children must be accompanied by a non climbing adult (parent/carer/ guardian)’

SEN Climbing Club at Salt Ayre leisure centre
Additional Needs Sessions – Lancaster City Council
Wednesdays 4.00 – 5.o0pm (5 – 7 years)/ 5.00 – 6.00pm ( 8 – 12 years)
£60 per child – runs for 5 consecutive weeks starting Wednesday 21st September
Our XHeight Climbing Club is a fantastic way for climbing enthusiasts to hone their skills with our friendly team on hand to ‘show you the ropes’. It’s also a wonderful way to meet new people, build strength and confidence. These small group sessions will be specially adapted for those with special educational needs.

SEN Energy Indoor Soft Play at Salt Ayre leisure centre
Additional Needs Sessions – Lancaster City Council
Sundays 4.00pm
£5 per child, aged 0 – 12 years, parent/guardian/ carer goes free
These play sessions are designed for children with Special Educational Needs in mind. This is also a session that helps to give a comfortable place in which to socialise and raise confidence.

Support for parents

North Lancs Development Group

Our aim is to provide accessible, relevant information to parents and carers of children with additional needs or disabilities in the North Lancashire area

NLDG Facebook page for information https://www.facebook.com/NLDGAdditionalNeedsSupport/

NLDG Facebook group for advice on services and support from 600+ local families with children with various additional needs https://www.facebook.com/groups/NorthLancsDirectionsGroup

AOK – Parent Peer Support Group

Peer support group for parents/carers of children with additional needs with or without a diagnosis from birth to 8 yrs Come for a chat with other parents/carers. Bring your children along to play, do craft activities. The group meets every Wednesday term time and school holidays at Lune Park Children’s Centre from 1 – 3pm  Parent supporter is Lucy Ellis. Phone Claire on 01524 581280 for more details

https://www.facebook.com/AOKParentPeerSupport/?ref=py_c

CHATS (Carers . Help . Advisory . Training . Support)

For anyone looking after a child or young person with any kind of emotional or mental health problem.

‘CHATS is a support group for parents / carers who have children or young people experiencing emotional or mental health difficulties. We run a local group on the second Thursday of the month 10am, at 13-17 Devonshire Road, Morecambe, LA3 1QT. We also run online support groups, please keep and eye on the events section of the group.’

Email: chats_123@yahoo.com or Facebook: C.H.A.T.S Parent Support Group (Lancaster and Morecambe area) https://www.facebook.com/groups/598047137613422/about/

Support for siblings

Siblings of children with SEND can experience a range of stresses and feelings that can be linked to the additional needs of their sibling. These may include:
* Jealousy of the time and attention given to the sibling
* Disruption to their life due to appointments, meetings for the SEN sibling
* Witnessing negative behaviour
* Dealing with the coming and going of various professionals

They face challenges (similar to those that parents encounter), but at a time before they’ve developed appropriate coping strategies.

However, there are also many positives that can come from growing up with a sibling with SEND. These include:
* Developing resilience
* Enhanced levels of empathy for the needs and differences of other
* Deeper understanding of others
* Heightened grasp of different perspectives

As well as the support we can offer as a school, there are some other places you can get the support and information you may need.
Below are links to websites where you can find support for parents, carers and siblings of children with SEND:

Lancashire SEND Partnership: Visit the Lancashire SEND Partnership – Lancashire County council website for information about local support for families of children with SEND. You can also find up to date information on their Facebook page Lancashire Local Offer – Home | Facebook

Sibs: Sibs is the only UK charity dedicated to representing the needs of siblings of disabled children and adults www.sibs.org.uk
Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SibsCharity/

YoungSibs: At Sibs we run YoungSibs – a UK wide online support service for siblings under 18 who have a brother or sister who is disabled or has additional needs. It provides information about different conditions and strategies for coping with sibling issues. YoungSibs also has a letters section for siblings to receive personalised responses to their questions.

Sibling Centre: ‘Our mission is to help siblings of people with disabilities feel seen, supported, and empowered’ Please visit the link below for more information Tools and Resources (siblingcenter.org)

Contact: is an organisation that advice on supporting siblings of children with SEND. Siblings support booklet siblings.pdf (contact.org.uk)

Unique Kidz: is a local organisation in Morecambe. ‘We understand how difficult it can be for siblings to find the support they need so we have a Siblings Group with regular meetings. Open to all young people who have a disabled sibling, the group meets twice every month. Three of our trained members of staff plan and deliver a wide range of activities for your children. They have fun, relax, and make new friends who understand their family dynamics. Our group provides a place for young people to come and have the space they may need with friends and staff who understand and can relate to their experiences.’ Siblings Group – Siblings Group – Unique Kidz (uniquekidzandco.org.uk)

Bristol Autism Support Blog post: is an online tool to offer support and advice on how parents can support siblings of autistic children. How parents can support the siblings of autistic children – Bristol Autism Support

OAR links Brothers, Sisters, and Autism: A Parent’s Guide addresses topics that range from dealing with perceived discrepancies in fairness to facilitating a positive relationship between siblings. The guide also includes testimonials from families with autism who deal with similar issues. Thier booklet is available to download for free or you can order online Brothers, Sisters, and Autism: A Parent’s Guide | Organization for Autism Research (researchautism.org)

Moving to high school

Lancashire SENDIAS – Transition workshops – online
Lancashire SENDIAS have commissioned Transition Workshops for parents of children with additional needs, who will be transferring from primary to high school in September.

Joining an online workshop will enable parents to prepare their child for some of the changes they will experience and help children to be confident that they are ready for their new school.

There will be 3 online sessions for each workshop with a mixture of discussions with other parents and practical tips that families can work on at home together, these will run on the same day and time each week.

For more information or to sign up to 3 sessions of the workshops email Joan Bill at Trinity Special Needs Advice Partnership Trinitysnap17@gmail.com

Please click the following link to access a poster with further information Moving Up to High School 2022-Lancashire

 

Anna Freud centre have produced a guide to support transition to high school
“Parents and carers, read our short guide which provides tips about how children going through the transition to secondary school can best be supported by you. It includes guidance which explains why the transition can be difficult for some children, and practical advice such as talking and connecting with the new school, as well as other helpful resources” https://www.annafreud.org/…/supporting-childrens…/

North Lancs Directions Group – transition tips
Please click the link below to access a number of tips and resources to support transition from primary to secondary. Even if your child isn’t moving up this time, it’s good to know there are resources available for when they get to this point. If your child is already at high school, there might be some tips that would support them further. transition tips