WHAT’S HAPPENING IN HARROW?
CORONA VIRUS INFORMATION:
WELLBEING TIPS AND USEFUL LINKS FROM THE HARROW EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY SERVICE
Supporting Children with Learning Disability/ASD
Coping with COVID-19 Isolation
SUPPORTING NEURODIVERSE CHILDREN IN CHALLENGING TIMES SUCH AS DURING SELF-ISOLATION
EASY READ INFORMATION:
1ST APRIL 2020
JOINT STATEMENT FROM HARROW PARENT FORUM & SPECIAL NEEDS COMMUNITY CIC
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR THE COMMUNITY
Autism Treatment and Cures
Autism is lifelong, it is not a disease or an illness, and not something that can be ‘cured’. There is a lot of misinformation out there, and a lot of therapies that promise to alleviate ‘symptoms’ or ‘cure’ our children.
It is wrong for anyone to claim that unproven and even harmful therapies and products
can ‘cure’ autism, and even more so when people profit from these.
It is really important to be aware that there is no scientific evidence to support these
CENTRE FOR ADHD AND AUTISM SUPPORT
What happens after you receive a diagnosis for your child/young person?
Did you miss the CAMHS led Post Diagnostic Information and Support Workshop?
Would you like more information about LD and Autism?
Would you like to know what support there is in the borough?
Would you like more information on practical strategies you could use at home or in the community?
Drop in and join other parents to hear information and ask your questions to health, education and social care professionals and other local organisations about Learning Disability and Autism at the next
INFORMATION & SUPPORT WORKSHOP
run by CAMHS
- CAMHS LD Team
- Short Breaks (Core Offer) and Direct Payments
- Speech and Language Therapy
- SENARS (Education dept)
- Harrow Parent Forum
- Centre for ADHD & Autism (CAAS)
You will learn about:
- the difference between Learning Difficultly and Learning Disability
- how to access the Short Breaks Core Offer
- how to get training on Speech and Language Therapy strategies
- what happens in SEND education and with your child’s EHC plan
- how to connect with the parent forum and other parents
- the range of training and support available for Autism and ADHD from CAAS
…and lots more information on what to do, where to go and how to manage after receiving a diagnosis for your child.
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE NEXT EVENT:
30th April 2020, 10:00-12:15 At: Cedars Children Centre, (next to Cedars Manor School) Whittlesea Road, Harrow, HA3 6LS
NO NEED TO SIGN-UP! No referral needed, just come along.
Any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to speak to the Learning Disability Team
Cedars Inclusive & All-Ability
Adventure Playground Project Update
In 2017 we asked for support in helping us to develop Harrow’s first disability-friendly and inclusive adventure playground. Families told us that severely disabled children find it difficult to find parks to play in because there is very few play equipment in the local parks they could use. We consulted with families about what kind of equipment they would like to see and had a playground company put together a design. The total cost of our wishlist of equipment and design of the playground added up to £97,000 (plus VAT). We started a Crowdfunding page and started looking for different sources for funding.
We are very pleased to announce that we have been working together in a community partnership with local early years providers (nurseries, childminders and pre-schools) and together we have been awarded £40,000 from the Harrow Council Inclusion Fund. The Inclusion Fund is awarded to support 3-4 years olds in Harrow with emerging special educational needs and disability (SEND). We have been awarded a further £25, 000 from Harrow Council. The funding means we can start developing and the playground for those very young children and others in the community. Visit our Inclusive Playgrounds page more information about the project, and ways to help us finish building the dream. Visit our funding page to donate to the project.
WE ARE WAITING FOR THE INSTALLATION DATE FOR THE PLAYGROUND
PLEASE KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEBSITE FOR FURTHER UPDATES.
You can also support the project by entering into Harrow’s first ever lottery- Harrow Wins. Visit the Harrow Wins website for more information of how to take part and find the Special Needs Community CIC
SHORT BREAKS BROCHURE
On the Information Day event last November, parents feedback on the information provided on the Short Breaks website has resulted in a new brochure been designed to help understand what is available. This the first draft. We hope it makes it easier to access the service you need.
Please visit the Short Breaks website on the Local Offer at: http://www.harrow.gov.uk/info/100010/health_and_social_care/718/short_breaks_for_disabled_children.
HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE NEW HEALTH APP FOR HARROW?
DOWNLOAD IT NOW AT HTTP://HARROW.HEALTHHELPNOW.NHS.UK/
For the contact details of the other Parent Carer Forums, please visit our National Network of Parent Carer Forums’ website: http://www.nnpcf.org.uk/