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This Quick-Guide provides information on the law and practice of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (“SEND”) and how they relate to exclusions challenges
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School aged children advice sheets:
Hillingdon Talks: Hillingdon Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy

How to Explain Autism to Typical Kids (and Lots of Others While You’re At It)
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Classroom Accommodations for Kids with Sensory Issues
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How Do You Know When Your ASD Child is Being Bullied?
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Sensory Friendly Birthday Party Activities for Children with Autism
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Resilience in Families with Autism Spectrum Disorder
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Ways to Help Your Child With Autism Fit In Socially
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Moving with Special Needs Kids
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How to Create the Ultimate Playroom for a Child with Autism
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How Incorporating Safety into Bedtime Routine Can Help Ease Your Child’s Anxiety
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Digital Resources for Students with Autism
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How to Calm a Child with Autism
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Sensory Processing Treatments
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7 Rockin’ Sensory Play Activities for Kids on the Spectrum
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The impact on online safety for kids:
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How Visual Designs Stimulate Cognition and Positive Emotions Among Children with Autism
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Create a Sensory Safe Yard for Children with Special Needs
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Estate Planning for Parents of Kids with Autism
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Please take a look at some articles and very useful information below shared by: Jennifer McGregor 

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Please take a look at some articles and very useful information below shared by: Don Lewis

My son, Randy, was in an accident as an adult that changed his abilities. Since our lives changed that day, I’ve spent a lot of time working with other families who have a special needs family member, including children and adults who have autism. I’m not proud to say that before I started volunteering, I hadn’t spent much time with people of any age who have ASD, so it’s truly been moving to make connections with these families. Our experiences aren’t exactly the same, but in a lot of ways, we have much in common.

BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials programme

BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials programme fund aims to provide grant items that meet children and young peoples’ most basic needs or are critical to their wellbeing.  It supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances.

Becoming a referrer & supporting the families you work with: You can find more information and register as a referrer on their website:    

You can find out more information about eligibility criteria and what being a referrer for the grant means in these guidelines:

When writing your applications ensure that you put as much detail about the beneficiary’s financial situation and the crisis which they are going through.  Focus on the impact of the crisis and vulnerability on the child.  Explain the impact the item will have on the child and what the impact would be if they didn’t receive the grant.

If you would like any advice on how to apply or if you would like to check whether a child is eligible please call 01904 55 00 11 or email:

If you work with disabled children, it’s also worth you knowing about their sister charity:

You can apply for one grant per child. BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials programme can deliver or fund critical items such as:

  • Cookers
  • Essential household items
  • Furniture and kitchen equipment
  • Children’s beds and bedding
  • Washing machines
  • Fridges and freezers
  • Baby equipment
  • Clothing in exceptional or emergency situations

Please take a look at our wonderful partnerships, special offers and useful information below

Autism Reality Experience

The Autism Reality Experience is an innovative, hands on training session which has been developed to give people an experience of the sensory processing difficulties faced by people on the autism spectrum. Simulation training has been proven to be a highly effective way to engage people in learning and not only do they come away from the training having learned new skills and techniques, the experience and what they learn from it stays with them. 

The experience is fully immersive, interactive and a must for anyone who is involved in supporting people on the autism spectrum and your actions and behaviours during your experience will be carefully monitored and analysed by a specially trained facilitators. 

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Fidgetbum are helping children with Sensory Challenges, the gentle restriction which the fidgetbum brings, comforts children and helps them to relax.

They are helping mums and dads, supported by Occupational Therapists, to make bedtime easier and help children to have a better nights sleep. 

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Options Autism - helpsheets

The Clinical Team at Options Autism produce a series of monthly help sheets which offer advice and guidance for parents and carers who look after children, young people and adults with autism.

The subjects include Food Challenges, Sleep, Holidays and Emotions.

Click here to have a look through the library of help sheets available on the Options website.

If you would like us to cover any particular subjects around autism in future editions then please let Options know by emailing

If you would like to sign up to receive these helpsheets via email please complete their sign up form here >>

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