Support & learning
This page is ever-evolving and is not a comprehensive list of all support services available but are companies/charities we have found useful or have had recommended. If there are any great resources or services that you would like to see here please get in contact and let us know.
"The UK's leading mental health charity for young people" - support and advice for young people & their parents/carers.
Young Minds has a free parent support phone line (or web chat) 0808 802 5544
They also have a directory of organisations for support on specific topics such as eating disorders and bullying.
If your child would like to speak to someone they can call Childline. There are also a number of resources and activities on their website for children.
Wise words & accounts to follow
Positive body image resources for parents/schools supporting children @bodyhappyorg
I refer to these accounts a lot on Instagram as they have such lovely advice on supporting children with big emotions, including separation anxiety.
Dr Martha Deiros Collado - Clinical Psychologist, parenting advice and support
Dr Kimberley Bennett - Psychologist specialising in attachment and early years
Gently Supporting Children to Transition into School, Preschool or Childcare - course by Kimberley Bennett
Kate - Parenting & Education Mentor, ND Parenting
Laura Petix - Neurodivergent occupational therapist teaching parents how sensory impacts behaviour
SEND specific support & resources
"We are the leading charity in the field of SEND law in England, and provide free and independent legal advice and support to families of children and young people with SEND."
IPSEA can give legal advice on what children are legally entitled to at schools and EHCP's.
"We're Scope, the disability equality charity in England and Wales. We:
- provide practical information and emotional support when it's most needed
- campaign relentlessly to create a fairer society."
They provide free programmes like "Navigate" for emotional support for parents.
ADHD information, support and news for adults and children
"The PDA Society is the only specialist PDA charity in the UK. We are a small team, and all of us have a personal connection with PDA.
Our goal is to try and make life better for PDA people and their families – we believe that happy, autonomous lives are possible. Our strong commitment to research underpins every step we take towards improving understanding, support and outcomes for PDA people in the future."
The PDA have a free parent support helpline and offer training for parents and schools.