Parent Support Adviser
My name is Lucy Sayer and I am the Parent Support Adviser at Addington School. I aim to provide extra support for those parents who feel they have concerns. I often work with our specialist teams within school to help support our young people and their families. Examples of particular areas we have provided support in are issues surrounding toilet training, behaviour and feeding. I am also available to help support parents and carers with accessing information and services, and will update this page on a regular basis with links to useful, (& fun!), events and courses.
I am also available on my work mobile during school hours - 07521
I am currently planning parent workshops for the New Year - look out for details here or on the Addington App!
I am currently inviting guests to speak at coffee mornings in the New Year - look out for details here or on the Addington App!
SPOTLIGHT ON.......TOILET TRAINING
Toilet training any child can be a long and often frustrating process; when you added special needs, the process can become more drawn out. Whether it's occasional accidents, night time wetting or a young person who still needs to wear pads, families often need a little, extra support.
Please click here to access information on the stepping stones to toileting training.
For products that may be useful while you are taking the first steps with toilet training, that can support bed time wetting and that can move young people from pads to pants;
(PLEASE NOTE - These links are provided for information only and are in no way an endorsement of specific products or suppliers. Other suppliers and products are available).
We may also be able to support with toilet training by providing symbols to use at home for pupils who respond well to PECS or visual prompts. Please contact Lucy directly if you would like support with this.
LOCAL OFFER AND ADDITIONAL SERVICES
For more information about the Reading Family Information Service, including information about the Local Offer, click here. For information on Reading's new service guide, please click here.For similar information regarding the Local Offer in the Wokingham area, click here.
There is a new service available to families in Berkshire. CYPIT is the Children’s and Young People’s Integrated Therapies.
This does not replace the clinicians within the school who are already working with children but does have useful advice and strategies that families can try with any child regardless of whether they have a statement/referral to the service or not. Please click here to access the CYPIT website
Wokinghams's Incredible Years Project is funding day and evening courses for parents of 4 to 8 year olds who are experiencing challenging behaviour from their youngsters Please see the attached flyer here for details of the day course and see the attached flyer here for details of the evening course.
Every month, the CAN network publishes a newsletter with details of activities, clubs, events and services which are available to young people with Additional Needs and their families. Please, click here to access their latest newsletter.
The Rivermead Complex are running a monthly, Friday night club for children with additional needs and their families. The session runs from 6.30pm until 8pm, where children will be able to enjoy soft play, a bouncy castle and football. The cost is £2 per child and refreshments are available to buy. Please click here for more details and information.Families Online also have a comprehensive guide of activities and events on in the Thames Valley. Please click here to access.The Ark run a weekly social club from the St. Crispins Leisure Centre, Wokingham. The Friday Night project is for those aged 18 and above, click here for full details.
CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT
BundleBean provide wheelchair and buggy covers and cosies which are easy to store, easy to fit and come in a range of attractive designs. Please click here for more details.
Following a request from a special needs mum, Marks and Spencer have started to provide a range of all in ones and body suits for older children. Currently up to age 8 in size, they are going to extend the range up to age 16 later in the year. Click here to view the range, available to order online.
LINKS TO SERVICES, ACTIVITIES AND CHARITIES
Firefly Community is an on line community for special needs families. There is lots of information, blogs and product reviews from real families as well as information regarding campaigns that the community is backing, (Changing Spaces and Go TO Chairs in supermarket trollies). Click here to access their website.
Contact a Family is an organisation which provides information and support to families needing extra help because of their child's disability or medical conditions. Click here to find out more about the support they offer to children, parents and carers.
The Challenging Behaviour Foundation send regular newsletters to their members, click here to view their latest, summer edition.
Domestic violence can affect anyone at any time. Please click here for more information on advice and local support.
Samaritans can offer support when you need it most; they can be reached 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on 116 123. The call is free, and doesn't have to be a last resort; they can be there to listen when you feel you need someone there.
Relationships can become difficult for many reasons. Life can feel hard for many reasons. It sometimes helps to talk.
Click here for information regarding Relate Counselling Services. Click here for information on ARC Counselling Services.
Citizens Advice Bureau can help with free, confidential information and advice to assist people with money, legal, consumer and other problems. Click here for information regarding local offices, contact information and their opening times.
Homelessness is a real issue, especially in the South and South East. If you are worried about your situation, or about someone else, click here for information on supporting the homeless.
SUPPORT WITH FUNDING
When statutory services can not provide treatment or supplies for families, there can sometimes be an option to approach charities for additional funding and support. Below are details of three separate charities, who may be able to help families fund one off expenses or additional treatments/ equipment.
Family Fund can give grants for essential items such as washing machines, cookers, computers and family breaks. Please click here to access their website for more details.
Cauldwell Children can also provide funding for medical treatment under certain circumstances. Their website provides a full explanation of what they cover, and under which circumstances, click here.
The Boparan Charitable Trust aims to help young people with disabilities and life-limiting conditions. More detail of their work, and who they aim to support, is available on their website, click here.
Wokingham SENDIASS are an independent advocacy and advice service for children and young people with additional needs, and their families. Please click here for contact details.
Wokingham REACH are also another excellent source of information and support, click here for details on how to contact them.
SENDirect is a new, online service which allows families of children with SEN to find, compare and buy activities, support and services for their young people. Click here for a link to their website.Local charity INSAAN have launched their full website, please click here for information on the work that the charity is involved with, and ways they may be able to support you and your family. ASD Family Help run a coffee morning from the Bulmershe Leisure centre every Monday. I have had this recommended to me by a couple of parents, so why not pop along and give it a try! Click here for dates and details of more of the events they run.
The cinema can be a great opportunity for youngsters with additional needs and their siblings to enjoy a fun experience together. Many cinemas in the area now have Autism Friendly screening, which are also great for children with additional needs other than ASD, (reduced noise, soft lighting, the ability to get up and make a noise). Click here for details on the latest showings at Showcase cinema, click here for the latest showings at Vue and click here for the latest showings at Odeon.
Caudwell Children are a charity that provide services, support and equipment to benefit and enrich the lives of young people living with additional needs. Click here for information about Caudwell tricycles and here for more information on their equipment provision service, as well as a link to their website.Kids 'n' Action Play Centre is running an evening for Special Needs youngsters and their families on the second Wednesday of every month, click here for details.
Please click here to view information about ASD Family Help.
Please click here to view information for families from Wokingham Borough CouncilPlease click here for information about services, clubs etc. in the Reading Area
Please click here for information regarding New service for Parents and Carers around Employment / Training delivered through Berkshire Adviza (Connexions).
Please click here to view information about Scarlet Fever.