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
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
- 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
- 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
Parenting in Challenging Times
As our reality changes with coronavirus, our parenting is being challenged on every level. It’s important to find our feet and find our calm so that we can be the emotional anchor for our children.
We may need to fine-tune, re-visit or skill-up on our parenting strategies as our families become isolated from community and cut off from support services
Most of all we need a different kind of support now, one that recognises our need for connection and appreciation for everything we do. One that allows us to express our frustrations and our fears in a safe place so that we can think clearly and listen to our children.
This page is dedicated to supporting parents with neurodivergent children and young people and anyone who feels in need of extra support with their children at this time
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Laura’s Listening Circle
Share listening time with another mum in this safe online space with Laura. When you are deeply heard by another person, without judgement or advice, it’s amazing how this can help you find your calm and re-connect to your inner resources. Contact Laura for details to this closed group currently offered as a FREE service.
Family Support During covid
A Social Emotional Package for families with children and young people with an EHCP for use with Direct Payments specifically during the covid crisis and for any family challenged by the covid crisis
Support for Allied Health Professionals
For colleagues who are learning new skills in telehealth, working from home and managing a demanding family. Focus on re-claiming your sanity so you can think clearly and make good choices. Join Laura’s Listening Circle or arrange for some supervision.
Social Emotional Package for SEND Families
A Social Emotional Package for families with children and young people with an EHCP for use with Direct Payments
Also available for private clients without an EHCP for their children
1. To reduce anxiety levels for parents and for children
2. To address family social isolation issues
3. To address children’s behaviour challenges by meeting their emotional needs within their primary relationships
4. To meet children’s social communication needs using communication strategies within the context of their primary relationships
5. To support teachers by applying the approach and strategies within an educational setting
6. To provide documentation to support all recommendations made within the sessions
A basic programme of 5 hours of consultation with Laura Newman delivered optionally:5 x one hour sessions or 10 x 30 minute sessions
over 5 consecutive weeks or over 5 days
Optional: A baseline assessment of needs and a final assessment of progress compiled in a short report upon completion of the programme.
Initially, a free interview to check suitability for this online package
Optional online assessment questionnaire
Set up structure of sessions to suit parent/carer
Based on our normal fees
Supervision & Business Support
For clinicians, teachers and small business owners
Supervision is the formal arrangement that enables a clinician to discuss their work regularly with someone who is experienced and qualified. Supervision is an essential component of a good quality service that is able to identify and manage risk. This is the case for all clinicians, including those practising independently or employed in other contexts.
There are a wide variety of terms applied to the activity of supervision in health and social care and the terms used may overlap or vary depending on your context. The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists uses the terms ‘managerial supervision’ and ‘professional supervision’ to make a distinction between two different types of supervision and differentiate these from professional support:
i. Managerial supervision: provides an opportunity for the SLT to discuss clinical, service-related and wider professional issues. It is carried out by a supervisor with authority and accountability for the supervisee – usually their line manager. This person may or may not have a speech and language therapy background.
ii. Professional supervision: provides an opportunity for the SLT to discuss clinical and other professional issues in a non-judgmental environment, and is usually provided by another speech and language therapist without line management responsibility. This may also be referred to as ‘clinical’, ‘personal’ or ‘practice’ supervision.
iii. Professional support: is the over-arching, umbrella term used to refer to a wide range of learning opportunities – it is typically more ad hoc and informal than supervision.
Working in the private sector, you have to arrange your own supervision, and find someone you trust and has the clinical expertise and counselling abilities to support you.
Working in the NHS, you may want more than is offered, better confidentiality to say what you really feel and more emotional support.
You may be writing EHCP reports and want to explore the impact of your students’ SEND on their Social Emotional Mental Health or vice versa, or guidance on writing SMART targets relating to their SEMH.
Our focus in supporting you is on the Social Emotional Mental Health of your students’ and yourselves
You were trained to teach children but you may find yourself struggling to manage your students behaviour and feel lacking to meet all their special needs. You are on the frontline when it comes to childrens’ education and mental health. Are you getting all the support you need?
Our focus is in supporting you with your daily challenges, understanding some of your more complex students, giving you practical tips and an overall approach to make your teaching easier and more rewarding.
Small Business Owners
You may be an NHS clinician who is thinking of moving into private practice, setting up your caseload or fine tuning your current private practice.
With the global changes brought on by covid, has come a rise in small business owners, looking to follow their passion.
You may be thinking about, or running, 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.