If you think that your child may have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) you should speak to someone about your concerns
Visit Luton’s Local Offer for further information of who to contact
SEND Parent Videos (Managing behaviour, Sleep difficulties, Communicating and playing, managing difficulties with senses and everyday life)
Support Groups for families who have a child with ASD
Diagnosis Resource Pack launches 1 September 2021
Families have described the experience of their child receiving a neurodiversity diagnosis (e.g. Autism or ADHD) as ‘like a bereavement’ and following the lengthy diagnosis process are left with little information, or understanding of ‘what next? They told us that a ‘one-stop shop’ for information, resources and signposting following a diagnosis would be really useful, and they would like this information to be accessible and from a trusted source.
The Diagnosis Support Pack (DSP) has been coproduced by families for families following a diagnosis of a neurodiversity, and contains information, resources and signposting in a variety of media (video’s, infographics, animations), split into 14 sections – from sleep to medication, and lots more.
The pack has been co-produced with the help of parents, young people, local Parent Carer Forums, CAMHS, Education Psychology and other key partners.
The DSP covers the following topics:
- Positives of Neuro-diversities
- Holistic Approach
- What to expect at your appointment
- Talking about a diagnosis
- Sensory Processing Needs
- Mental Heath
- Supporting Social Communication Development in Autism
- Best Practice Guide – for professionals
- Contact Information and Resources
- Jargon Buster
- Printable resources and links
All pages have been made easy to follow, with links that that guide you through the pack. As well as making the pack informative and useful, it was really important to us that the pack uplifts people and celebrates neurodiversity. We know many families find receiving a diagnosis a challenging time, but empowering messages and having positive role models are so important to help parents/carers and young people on their journey.
Parenting and Family Relationships
There are a variety of courses and one-off sessions for parents in Luton to promote positive, nurturing and responsive parenting
Safe at Home Luton is a child accident prevention programme aimed at families from pregnancy through to the child’s 5th birthday.
Five to Thrive
Just as our child’s body grows better when you give them good food, your child’s brain grows better when you do five simple things that feed the growing brain:
Respond ● Cuddle ● Relax ● Play ● Talk