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ASSIST-IT: Downloads and Links
A vast selection of links and software designed to help learners with special educational needs get more out of using computers. Includes large pointers, screen magnifying glasses, a clickable keyboard and text-to-speech.

The British Dyslexia Association
The BDA is the national organisation for dyslexia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This site contains a database of 130 Local Dyslexia Associations and Dyslexia Support Groups, a definition of dyslexia, advice on recognising the signs, information for parents and educators and an email helpline. Special educational needs
Comprehensive information from the government's online portal on how to register and get help for children with special educational needs, and what school's responsibilities are.

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An informative site containing a factfile, FAQ section, helpful hints, quick links, articles links and psychological assessment materials that can be purchased through the DI.
A wealth of software which is particularly suitable for use with dyslexic children (and adults) is reviewed on this site which is easy to navigate, carefully designed, and worth looking at before making a purchase.

Equals is a national organisation for teachers of pupils with severe learning difficulties. The site features links to workshops and details of upcoming conferences, as well as an online discussion forum.

The government's catalogue of resources for special educational needs.

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Meldreth Manor divides into three separate sections; a text-based section which introduces the school and its ethos and contains information on teaching and the its use of ITC; a multimedia section, which is similar but uses plug-ins and downloads such as Shockwave; and the switch accessible site, which is designed for those with language impairment and/or visual difficulties.

National Association for Special Educational Needs
Nasen is a huge nationwide organisation dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for learners of all abilities. The homepages contain press releases, journal contributions, its research database and and list of the association's individual departments.

National Parent Partnership Network
The National Parent Partnership Network (NPPN) supports all parent partnership services across England.

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Contains resources and links for the learning disabilities community. Features include games, books, tools for people with writing problems, personal essays, and assistance for college students. There is also information about making the best use of software, and LD organisations.
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One Term, Many Definitions: "Special Needs" is an umbrella underneath which a staggering array of diagnoses can be wedged. Children with special needs may have mild learning disabilities or profound mental retardation; food allergies or terminal illness; developmental delays that catch up quickly or remain entrenched; occasional panic attacks or serious psychiatric problems. The designation is useful for getting needed services, setting appropriate goals, and gaining understanding for a child and stressed family.


Minuses and Pluses: "Special needs" are commonly defined by what a child can't do -- by milestones unmet, foods banned, activities avoided, experiences denied. These minuses hit families hard, and may make "special needs" seem like a tragic designation. Some parents will always mourn their child's lost potential, and many conditions become more troubling with time. Other families may find that their child's challenges make triumphs sweeter, and that weaknesses are often accompanied by amazing strengths.
Different Concerns: Pick any two families of children with special needs, and they may seem to have little in common. A family dealing with developmental delays will have different concerns than one dealing with chronic illness, which will have different concerns than one dealing with mental illness or learning problems or behavioral challenges. This Parenting Special Needs site devotes sections to the following specific issues: medical, behavioral, developmental, learning, and mental health.
Behavior Issues: Children with behavior issues don't respond to traditional discipline. With diagnoses like ADHD, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Dysfunction of Sensory Integration, and Tourette Syndrome, they require specialized strategies that are tailored to their specific abilities and disabilities. If those strategies are not developed and used, kids with behavior issues throw their families into chaos and are seriously at risk for school problems. Their parents need to be flexible and creative.
Developmental Issues: Developmental disabilities are some of the most devestating for a family to deal with, changing visions of the future and providing immediate difficulties in caring for and educating a child. Diagnoses like autism, Down syndrome and mental retardation often cause children to be removed from the mainstream, and parents must be fierce advocates to make sure their children receive the services, therapy, schooling, and inclusion they need and deserve.
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Yesterday riley went to see his physio with his arm and his legs and feet i told her he was still tip-toeing even though he has been wearing special boots to hold his feet down now for 3 months ive been concerend with his walking as half the time he walks like hes drunk and hes forever tripping over himself anyways my sister was with me and took it upon herself to mention that she thinks riley …

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most common childhood-onset behavioural disorder.

Those affected have a greatly reduced ability to maintain attention without being distracted, to control what they're doing or saying (because of impulsivity) and to control the amount of physical activity appropriate to the situation (that is, they're restless and …

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Siblings of Kids with Special Needs


How does growing up in an exceptional family affect siblings of kids with special health or developmental needs?

Siblings of children with special needs have special needs themselves.  Their sister or brother with special needs will get a bigger share of attention.  While having a special needs sib presents challenges, it also comes with opportunities.  When parents tune in to each child’s individual needs, they can help ease the difficulties.

What are some parenting tips for our family?

You can help your kids better understand what having a sibling with special needs means to your family, and you can also help your kids figure out constructive and appropriate ways to express their feelings and get their needs met.


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Rebound Therapy: for use by everyone who is involved with rebound therapy and special needs trampolining

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Working towards a world in which all children's right to play and their right to be included in their local play communities are recognised and held to be of equal and inseparable value

clubs for disabled and non-disabled people to socialise together

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play and leisure opportunities for young people with any special needs

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practical support for families where their child's life is limited or threatened

a Sunderland based training and support organisation for women

support for lone parents

working to improve the lives of parents and families by campaigning for a more family friendly society

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Diabetes UK

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Down's Syndrome Association  

Haemophilia Society

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Heart problems - Children's Heart Foundation

Kidney problems - the National Kidney Federation

Learning disabilities - MENCAP  

Leukaemia Research Fund

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Cancer Research UK
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