Speech and Language
If your child is having Sensory difficulties Liverpool Children’s Occupational Therapy Service are able to offer advice and support. Please see the link below on some courses that are currently available.
Regional Network newsletters with useful contacts:
Liverpool Parental Newsletter April-June 2021:
Please see the attached information from SENISS regarding service helplines for SENISS, ASD Training Team, Speech and Language and Educational Psychology which are available to families during the COVID19 Pandemic.
ASD and ADHD Support
ASD and ADHD Support
If your child has a diagnosis of ASD or ADHD, or if they are on the Pathway for either of these, there are a number support agencies which you can access.
Please click on the links below to find out more information.
Understanding and Supporting Autism in girls
ASD Post diagnosis training
Support for Adults
Support for Adults
Mersey Care have launched a number of different services to help and support adults.
Please click on the following link to keep updated:
Should you require urgent help please contact:
Urgent mental health support
0151 330 7332
There are a number of other agencies that you can contact for help and support if you are struggling with your mental health.
If you are a Parent or Carer of a child with ASD or ADHD and require some support please contact the following:
The Black-E Community Network Group is a group of Parents/ Carers, of children with ASD and/or ADHD that come together each week.
This runs each Wednesday from 4:30-6:30pm during term time at the Black-E, 1 Great George Street, L1 5EW.
Advice for dealing with daily struggles
Useful information and resource
We All Grieve
Our specialist book offers practical advice to help adults supporting children and young people with SEND who have experienced the death of a loved one. Packed with information, practical suggestions and ideas for activities.
Freephone National Helpline
Our experienced Helpline team can offer advice and guidance to parents, carers, teachers and other adults supporting bereaved children with SEND. You can call them on 08088 020 021 or email email@example.com.
Supporting grieving children and young people with SEND
Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities need support to understand and cope with their grief. Our online resources and new book, We All Grieve, help adults to support them after the death of a loved one.
The forgotten mourners
There are an estimated 44,496 children with SEND bereaved of a parent in the UK* and, just like other bereaved children and young people, they need support to understand and cope with their grief. The needs of bereaved children with special educations needs and disabilities can be overlooked or forgotten.
Assumptions are often made that these children either need to be protected from grief or are unable to be involved in the process of grieving due to their special educational need or disability. But, we all experience grief and we all need support at times. How much more frightening is something if we don’t understand what is going on? The same is also true for children with SEND.
Do I need to tell them?
As adults we are naturally inclined to protect and shield children from difficult and sad situations. We understandably find it very hard to see a child upset, however, death is the one thing that we cannot change for children. By giving children with SEND the facts about the death, we are helping them understand what has happened and supporting them with any changes this may bring about, which is best for the whole family.
Sharing the news of a death needs to be done sensitively and honestly. Provide all of the relevant details to the level of your child’s understanding and using their preferred mode(s) of communication.
Will they understand death?
Some people may believe that a child with SEND does not have the cognitive ability to understand the loss, but we know that this is not true. Even a young baby acknowledges the loss of someone close to them, such as the absence of their touch, voice and smell, and practical and emotional changes in their environment.
At the very least, children with SEND will be affected by the death of someone close to them in the same way, and maybe in far greater ways depending on their functional level of understanding.
How will they react?
The nature of a child’s SEND may make it difficult for them to understand what death really means, and how they can manage the changes that have occurred in their life as a result of the bereavement. So it is really important that those around them know how to support them.
A child can move in and out of their thoughts and feelings about a person dying very quickly. They may be happily playing and then be inconsolable for no obvious reason. Or one minute they are angry and challenging you about why the person had to die and then they switch to wanting to know what they are having for tea.