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Does your child need extra support?

If your child has special educational needs or disability they are likely to require additional support. It’s also important to remember that parents, carers and siblings of children with a special education need or disability may also need practical or emotional help to assist them too.


Local Information

Help with Autism / ADHD

Neuro Developmental Delay (NDD) is an umbrella term for a range of conditions that are the result of problems with the development of the brain or central nervous system.

Click on the link below for information and support for people living in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.

Visit Swansea Bay University Health Board

Swansea Council – Resources for Vulnerable Learners

Put together by the Swansea Educational Psychologists and Learning Support Team, find information and resources on:

  • Speech, Language and Communication Needs
  • ASD
  • Physical and complex needs; complex and specific needs
  • Hearing impairment
  • Visual impairment

Visit Swansea Council

Swansea Parent Carer Forum – For Parent Carers in Swansea

SPCF aims to achieve an equitable and inclusive quality of life for our children of all ages by:

  • Ensuring the voices of families are valued and listened to.
  • Feeding the voice of parent carers into decision making and feeding back to parent carers.
  • Sitting on working groups with the Local Authority, Health Board and West Glamorgan Regional Partnership.
  • Arranging valuable training for parent carers.

Visit Swansea Parent Carer Forum


Local Services

Interplay

Interplay provides support for children with disabilities and additional needs to access mainstream play.

Interplay

SNAP Cymru

Staff and volunteers work with families and professionals, supporting young people to participate in planning and decision-making, advocating where appropriate and raising awareness of issues related to SEND and other barriers to inclusion. Also includes their Early Help Service Referral (Swansea only).

Call their helpline: 0808 801 0608

SNAP Cymru

National Autistic Society – Swansea Support Group

Volunteer led charity supporting autistic people and their families in and around Swansea.

Visit National Autistic Society – Swansea Branch

Joining the Dots

Parent Carers is a vibrant online community of parent carers of a child, young person or adult with additional needs. It’s a place for parent carers and families to connect and share practical advice as they navigate services. It is a supportive forum to ask advice relating to health, social care, education and the practicalities and challenges of everyday life.

Email: jtdtogether@gmail.com

To join the parent and carer Facebook group click the button below.

Visit Join the Dots

Swansea Carers Centre – Parent Carers

Providing group support to parent-carers of young people aged 14 – 25 with a disability or illness and who are moving from child to adult services in Swansea.

Telephone: 01792 653344

Swansea Carers Centre

Neath Port Talbot Carers Service

Neath Port Talbot Carers Service focuses on supporting unpaid carers in Neath and Port Talbot. Offering counselling, carers assessments, advice and guidance.

Visit Neath Port Talbot Carers Service

Mixtup – Swansea

Youth club in Swansea for 11 – 25 year olds with mixed abilities. They also provide opportunities for trips, activities and support for members. They help young people to have fun, make friends, try new activities and to grow in confidence and self-esteem, all in a safe and stimulating setting.

Email: mixtupswansea@gmail.com

Mixtup Facebook Page

Resolven Building Blocks

Based in the Neath Valley providing family support services for families, children and young people who are at a disadvantage.

Visit Resolven Building Blocks

Support Additional Needs – S.A.N. Neath and District

SAN Neath and district is a volunteering group of parent/carers supporting families with loved ones with additional needs. We meet weekly providing coffee mornings, guest speakers, education, health and wellbeing. Also several family events throughout the year.

Visit S.A.N. Facebook Page


Useful Information

People First

EasyRead information about mental health for people with learning disabilities.

People First

Living with anxiety

An EasyRead summary report about anxiety written by the Mental Health Foundation and Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities.

Living with anxiety

Learning disabilities and mental health

EasyRead version of Nice guidelines, helping people with learning disabilities who have a mental health problem.

Nice guidelines

Understood

Content from people who learn and think differently. Learn from people with differences like ADHD, dyslexia, learning disabilities, anxiety and more. Hear their advice for how to thrive in school, work and life.

Understood

Autistica

Autisica have collaborated with researchers, clinicians and community members to create a new mental health resource. It will help service providers, such as helpline workers, to better support autistic children and young people who are experiencing a mental health crisis.

Autistica

National Autistic Society

A support network and growing community of autistic people, parents/carers and their family and friends. Whether a person is diagnosed, on the pathway or suspect autism, they are very welcome to join the charity and access support, advice, appropriate and enjoyable events, courses and workshops.

National Autistic Society

National Deaf Children’s Society

Support to deaf children and their families to overcome barriers that they may face. Available Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm.

Call their helpline: 0808 800 8880

Text: 0786 00 22 888.

You can also contact them using BSL by making a free video call with a BSL interpreter.

National Deaf Children’s Society


Support for Sibling Carers

SIBs

A UK charity representing the needs of siblings of disabled people, who often have a lifelong need for information, often experiencing social and emotional isolation, and having to cope with difficult situations.

SIBs

Swansea Young Carers Service

Provides support and information for young carers in Swansea aged 8-18 years.

YMCA Swansea

Swansea Young Adult Carers

Support for young adult carers aged 16 to 25 in Swansea.

Swansea Carers Centre