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SEND Family Connections

SEND Family Connections

SEND Support, Supervision & Training

We believe children and young people should feel SAFE, CONNECTED & CONFIDENT

SEND Family Connections is a registered provider of Speech and Language Therapy specialising in Social Emotional Mental Health SEMH in Devon and online

Our focus is on communication, behaviour, social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people with complex needs/ special needs / neurodivergent conditions 

We provide 1:1 Support and Advice for families, Training for parents & professionals,  Supervision for professionals and Business Support relating to our services

Our vision is for parents and professionals to optimise their understanding of children and young peoples’ communication and social emotional mental health needs and to provide the right conditions so they can fee safe, connected and confident in their world. This is the foundation for learning and emotional wellbeing.

Support & Advice

Support when you need it 

Parenting your neurodivergent or SEND child or young person can be challenging. It’s not meant to be done alone. You deserve and need support in order to fulfill your role and parental responsibilities, and stay calm in the process.

At SEND Family Connections, we aim to support you emotionally and bring practical solutions for your unique situation.

By shining a light on childrens’ social emotional mental health needs, their behaviour and communication, we put the pieces together and make sense of your situation. We support you in your parenting & your child or young person in their development, mental health and well-being.

We want your child or young person to feel safe, connected and confident. We want you all to enjoy family life together!

Our Consultancy Approach is based on a set of core beliefs:

  • You know your child best
  • Children learn best from their primary caretakers
  • Children learn best when they feel safe and connected
  • Parents/Carers are best placed to teach children in the context of the relationship and naturally in daily activities

So rather than work directly with your child, we support you in fine-tuning your approach and with practical strategies to address your specific challenges at home or school. Getting them ready to learn. Reducing their anxieties and frustrations. Boosting their confidence. Being consistent in your parenting. 

This is a natural, effective and sustainable approach which will last a life-time. 

Accessing our recommendations  

We use MyTherapyTracker®, a unique cloud-based electronic client record system. This system allows us to keep our clinical records in compliance with HCPC guidelines and GDPR.  Each of our clients has an individual record and a login to view notes, reports, targets and utilise the two-way media upload for sharing files.

So at the end of a session, we will send you our notes on MTT with any recommendations and resources for you to access at any time. 

All our services are available online  

Training for Parents & Professionals

The LEAD Approach provides a fresh perspective in the field of young peoples’ emotional health and wellbeing. It puts adults in the LEAD in natural and intuitive ways, within the context of the adult-child relationship. 

Living Emotional Attachment Development brings together the science of emotion, child development, attachment and trauma, filling a missing piece in the understanding of young peoples’ communication and behaviour.

By making sense of the young person’s presentation in terms of their deepest need for connection, we find some remarkable insights. The LEAD approach translates these insights into practical solutions for families, schools and professionals.

The LEAD approach is offered in group sessions, trainings and as the framework for consultancy support for families. We also run a private FB group at The LEAD approach for you to explore.

GROUP SESSIONS starting September 2020


Suitable for parents and professionals interested in learning more about the LEAD approach as it applies to your family, yourself or in your work with young people and their families and schools.


- We will be exploring relevant topics and common challenges

- There will be an opportunity to practice one of the principle strategies

- Bring your questions about the young people in your care and see what this perspective has to contribute

- This is also the place to come if you are feeling overwhelmed with information and course content, if you are juggling too many things and want to prioritise, if you want some perspective and support in a friendly, informal, setting


This is not training and it is not supervision but it is a taster to both. Group supervision for professionals will follow the training.


Online, zoom meeting

60 - 90 minutes (depending on requirements)

Weekly morning, afternoon and evening times to choose from initially (until we find out what’s best for everyone)

            FREE (for a limited time only)


Registration is required. Please contact us here


You are welcome to invite others by sharing this website or inviting them to our private FB group

joining this group

Supervision & Business Support

Clinicians & Teachers

Laura Newman offers professional support and professional supervision for Speech and Language Therapists and professional support for teachers in the area of Social Emotional Mental Health in school age children and young people

Small Businesses & Projects

Laura Newman offers professional support for professionals wishing to change direction, expand their business ideas or start a new project in the education or health sector

Our focus is on meeting you where you are at, helping you find those golden threads that connect your passion to your work, and creating a plan of action to meet your goals.

Conditions we cover

We welcome referrals for the following reasons

We support families with children & young people with SEND and neurodivergent conditions which relates to their communication and social emotional mental health, including autistic spectrum conditions, developmental conditions, social learning conditions, and communication disorders


SEND Family Connections supports families with children & young people with a variety of diagnoses and neurodivergent conditions NDC:

  • Developmental Language Disorder DLD 
  • Speech Language and Communication Needs SLCN
  • Social Communication Disorder/ ‘Social Learning’
  • Selective Mutism SM
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder/Conditions  ASD/ ASC
  • Pathological Demand Avoidance PDA
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity /Attention Deficit Disorder ADHD/ADD
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Tourette Syndrome TS
  • Sensory Processing Disorder SPD
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder OCD
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder ODD
  • Highly Sensitive HS
  • Gifted
  • Developmental Trauma 
  • Trauma related to head injury
  • Dysfluency/ Stammering


SEND Family Connections supports families with children & young people with a variety of presentations:

  • understanding & expressing spoken language
  • functional use of language
  • mental health issues
  • aggression/ anxiety / fears / phobias 
  • clingy / obsessions / fixations
  • frustration/ temper tantrums/ meltdowns / panic
  • highly reactive/ sensitive
  • social challenges and isolation
  • attachment difficulties associated with Looked After Children LAC
  • sibling rivalry
  • bedtime/ sleep issues
  • eating issues
  • bullying issues
  • constipation / bed wetting related to anxiety
  • homework issues
  • need for control/ lack of cooperation/ defiance
  • poor self-regulation
  • school attendance and separation issues
  • self-harm
  • under-achieving at school
  • not respecting parental limits including use of social media
  • co-parenting with an ex-partner
  • breakdown of family dynamics/ power struggles
  • parental overwhelm/ loss of leadership


The best way to find out if what we offer is suitable for your specific situation is to contact us for a free initial consultation

Our Registrations, Qualifications & Trainings

Trusted Professional

Laura Newman is a registered Speech and Language Therapist in the UK specialising in Social Emotional Mental Health

You should know our professional background and the organisations that we are registered with. Not only will it give you peace of mind, but it will also inform you of our area of specialism. 

Registered with

HCPC Health Care Professions Council, number SL00678 
RCSLT Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, certified member RC0007472
ASLTIP Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice, member 79
ICO Information Commissioner's Office, reference number ZA544034


Insured with RCSLT
Disclosure & Barring Service Enhanced DBS certificate 001706556825


BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences
BSc (Hons) Speech Pathology and Therapy
MSc Human Communication

Trainings programs, Courses & Workshops

Hanen: It Takes Two To Talk

Hippocrates Health Institute: Certified Health Educator (9 weeks)

Hand in Hand Parenting: Instructor Certification Training (9 months)

Neufeld Institute: Intensive I Making Sense of Kids; Intensive II Making Sense of Separation,  Science of Emotions, Making Sense of Resilience, Making Sense of Aggression, Alpha Children, Making Sense of Hypersensitivity, The Art and Science of Transplanting Children.  Keeping Children Safe in a Wounding World, The Roots of Empathy

Bis-net: Understanding autistic individuals with demand-avoidance PDA

Bis-net: Understanding & supporting an autistic child or young person ASD

Bis-net: Understanding and supporting individuals with attention difficulties ADHD/ADD

Course Beetle: Understanding & supporting attachment difficulties & complex trauma

The Social Thinking model for emotions (2 days)

The Social Thinking model for The Informal Dynamic Assessment & core treatment strategies for ages 5 to young adult (2 days)

Queen Elizabeth School: E-safety for parents

Bibic: Sensory Processing Disorder

Mind Body Breakthrough: Anxiety Disorder, ADHD & Recovery

Beacon House: Developmental trauma in children and families

Autism Consultancy International: Autism, PDA & Behaviour

NAS: Women and Girls

SEN Legal workshops: IEP’s & Graduated Responses

Phoenix Ascends: EHCP Information Session

DIAS Devon Information Advice & Support for SEND: Better outcomes for meetings

Safeguarding Children: Level 2

Active Memberships for CPD

Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practise ASLTIP

Clinical Excellence Network CEN in Social Emotional Mental Health

Neufeld-Inspired Group


  What our clients say 

Feedback from consultations

“We both found the session with you really useful - a brilliant introduction to the way in which you work. And it was really helpful reflecting on those principles and guidelines over our family visit.” TD Psychotherapist

Very knowledgeable, and approachable. Tailors it to your family needs. 

Laura really is incredibly insightful. It’s amazing when someone hits the nail on the head with the nub of issues that have been there for years. She has transformed things for us and we are so delighted to see the results of all the fabulous things she has suggested.

We were at a loss with our seemingly confident and strong willed adopted 3 year old until Laura stepped in with her insight and expertise. We were veering between reactive discipline and exhausted reasoning in response to his seemingly relentless ignoring of our directions and tendency to pull away from us and head toward danger. Thankfully we encountered Laura who simply and clearly explained to us what she saw in his actions as calls for more boundaries not less. She reassured us as to our role in the relationship and compassionately guided us through alternative ways of responding to him whilst maintaining being the adults in charge. In a very short time her work has transformed things for us all. Thank you Laura.

It felt like a crisis situation caused by my 10 year old daughter's anxiety. Straight away things started improving. E loved meeting Laura and was delighted that she was going to help her (and me) with her worries. She relished her first Special Time, as did her 12 year old brother (and me)! That evening E went to sleep better than she has done for ages after a great afternoon of being connected (to each other as opposed to digital devices). The next morning she was far more resilient than she has been for weeks! She went in to school that morning and I collected her at lunch time (her school attendance is hit and miss at the mo). On collection she was still more resilient than her current norm. The week has continued in that way. She hasn't had one single Panic Attack whereas she was having one in the evening contemplating school and one in the morning going to school! Her adrenaline and cortisol levels have returned to a far healthier level (as have mine). We are so grateful and really looking forward to our next session. I sing your praises to every parent I speak to! THANK YOU!

Thank you very much for the sessions I have recently had with you. You have given me a great deal to think about and add to my lessons making them more fluid and less based around a whole hour of history. I have since we spoke looked at the various websites and i have ordered the living values booklet which have a variety of lessons on values for me to introduce at the beginning along with brain teasers for a mini break for us all. Thank you for providing me with the necessary tools to enable me to work on a higher vibration with the pupils; I will keep you up to date on how things progress.

Laura. The tools you taught us have definitely been useful in the tricky transition from being a three person family to a four person family. Generally "A" is thriving very well as a big sister and even when she's not I feel I have more of an insight into whats going on for her and what might help. 

A month ago our 16 year old son started to create some problems. We were shocked and didn’t find a way to handle these problems. We don’t live together and also have our own difficulties therefore due to our different points of view; we did not come up with a common solution or idea. Therefore we contacted Laura for help. After our first 2 hour meeting we felt much better and comfortable, having some guidelines to follow. After a month now we have done so much progress and can really recommend Laura to anyone who is in the same position. It is worth taking recommendation from a professional. Thank you Laura.

Our areas of concern with our son included social anxiety at school, difficulty in adapting to changes to routine, fidgeting, hypersensitivity to smell and to noise, sensory issues and meltdowns about seemingly minor issues.  Laura has totally changed the way in which we read his behaviour. We now feel equipped to understand his actions and rather than being frustrated or at times angered by it we have learnt to interpret it and respond calmly. Laura is the first to point out that there is no quick fix but we have definitely seen encouraging results in a short period and our relationship with our son is much stronger which in turn has made a huge improvement in our family life. 

Feedback from trainings

Laura is an approachable and knowledgeable professional who has the ability to make the complex understandable.

Lots of in-depth information which we can be used to support the children we see and help put the jigsaw together

Feedback from peer supervisions

Thanks so much for your time and advice which had been really helpful. I will certainly recommend your website and service to parents.
Katie Bass, Speech and Language Therapist

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