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SEND Family Connections

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
  • 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

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 


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

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.