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Family/Darts evening – 24 Aug

Come and join us for a family-friendly evening on Saturday 24th August at the White Lion, Bridge End Road, GranthamNG31 6JJ.

Ask for Paul.         He is an autism dad and our host for the evening.         He has combined his voluntary work for GAIN with his links to the darts league.         You do not need to have any interest in darts, though, to enjoy the company or just chat with Paul.        Show up whenever you like between 5 – 10pm.          Click icon for more information and to log your interest.

Take a break

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Lincolnshire County Council offers subsidised short breaks.         This is for families living in Lincolnshire who have a child with a disability between 0 – 18 years of age.        Children can enjoy a holiday with or without their parents,        Click picture on the right for more information.        There is a variety of activities on offer.                  (updated)

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Helpsheet

Options Group has produced a helpsheet about planning an autism-friendly holiday.

Wildside Venture

The Wildside Venture offers outdoor short breaks to adults with learning disabilities and autism.        Click icon for details.         See also:  about

Sand le mere

Sand le mere seaside holiday park has a sensory playroom.            The seaside holiday park near Withernsea has also provided a second room as a place of rest and comfort for parents … has a soft setting where parents can calm their children down.        See:  holiday village         find us         area map          Sand le mere holiday village, Tunstall, Yorkshire, HU120JN.

Magic Moments

Magic Moments have a caravan seven miles from Skegness.         PAACT support group says it has had good feedback about them.          It is available to any family affected by disability or illness.          Prices are discounted.           See also  website         Terms & conditions

Hesley Cottages

Hesley House Cottages – self-catering for children with special needs, near Skegness.              For more information click icon.

Thomas Centre

The Thomas Centre offers much sought after specialist holidays at their site near Louth, Lincolnshire.             It is located near to the coast.             Suitable for supported living or residential care providers.               For more information click icon.

Respite Association

The Respite Association is a charity that can help with the cost of respite care.        See their website.         To apply for help see  Contact Us            (01566) 783383       help@respiteassociation.org          They have published outlines of cases of families they have helped.

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Cinema – Grantham – 25 Aug

GAIN are proud to announce weekly supportive screenings at the new Savoy, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham, NG31 6TT.        The film for Sunday 25th August has been confirmed as The Lego Movie 2.        See about the film.Facbook small icon
Doors open beforehand.       The film is from 10am.       Entry £2.15 per person on the door.        Savoy calls them supportive screenings.       They are autism-friendly but all are welcome.       Click icon for more information & to log interest.        Look out for GAIN announcements of Grantham supportive screenings on Mondays periodically.

Speech and language

Makaton

Makaton uses signs (gestures) and symbols (pictures) to help people communicate.         Click icon for Signing Hands, the UK Makaton website and have a look under About.

  • There are also many Makaton videos on Youtube.        Click play button for a list.        Here are a couple of examples:  Ten in the bed         Chriustmas 123        This video of Tom’s story illustrates how it might work.
  • Here are some free resources to download and maybe print.

Mr Tumble      (new)

  • CBeebies’ series Something Special was designed for children with communication difficulties and uses Makaton.       Click play icon to browse the the themed episodes:  e.g. The looking game.
  • A more selective array of extended singing videos can be found on iPlayer.

NHS speech therapy

Lincolnshire NHS has an open referral system for children’s speech therapy.        Parents can phone children’s therapy services to ask about it.       Click icon and look for:

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Where to start?

Talking Point offers a comprehensive guide to children’s communication issues.         Click icon for guidance and choose from the menu list down the left hand side.         It may be a good place to start.         You might want to look for the following:

  • Ages and stages of development – what is normal?
  • Some children struggle– what to look out for.
  • What can I do?      Finding the right school.

Talking Point provides services in Lincolnshire.

What to try?

  • The National Autistic Society (NAS) has a guide to visual supports.
  • This retail site has an introduction to using PECS and British Sign Language (BSL)          See also PECS boards below.
  • Here are some parent’s opinions about which to use and this discussion goes into a bit more detail.

Total communication

Options group have produced a helpsheet about the development of communication skills in people on the autism spectrum.         The author is a specialist speech and language therapist.          Click icon to view.

PECS boards

PECS boards provide students with a way to visually associate ideas about their everyday life, and to communicate with their instructors and family.         Click icon for illustrations of their use and How to for a guide to making your own.         The website is USA based.

The girl who thought in pictures

Dr Temple Grandin did not speak until the age of 4.         Doctors did not think she would ever speak but her parents refused to accept it.         Yet, with determination, her unusual mind enabled her to improve animal welfare on farms around the world.          Click icon for an article about the book.           See also Amazon.          The book contains an illustrated rhyming tale for children followed by reading matter for parents.

Non-verbal

Even if a child does not develop speech all is not lost.        Click icon to read article.        Its themes are developed in Diversitypress.        There are also one or two similar articles in Whatisitlike?.

Lincolnshire Family services directory has a few entries with a search for non-verbal.      (new)       Linchfield is in the Market Deeping area.

E G Training

E G Training provide speech and language therapy in the East Midlands.         See   website         speech & language          locations – their therapists travel to clients in Lincolnshire.

Flash Cards

Sparklebox offer free resources for parents of children with special educational needs.          Here is the Speech page.        Their terms of use are brief.

Play

Children’s centre staff encourage parents to think beyond the disability:    e.g. Come and play aims to promote independence, confidence and social skills.         It may be good for toddlers with delayed speech.         Little explorers could be another one to consider.          See about
children’s centres in Grantham or Wider area.

Dillan’s Voice

Apple has released a video clip called Dillan’s Voice about a Sixteen year old with autism.        This webpage also has an accompanying video clip called Dylan’s Path.

We have an app for that

TippyTalk’ App for Nonverbal People Turns Pictures Into Text Messages.       See this article about TippyTalk, an alternative to a picture exchange communication system (PECS) board.       As of March 2016 it still seems to be at an early stage of development, though, so will not be available to the public for a while yet.        See also TippyTalk blog.

Social scripts

Your child may be repeating words or phrases constantly – why might that be?        Here is a 10 minute video about the difference between echolalial scripting and social scripting and how they can help.

Discussions

The website Ambitious about Autism has a lot of on-line discussions about speech development.       Look for the magnifying glass icon on the site to search.       Click Twitter icon here to find a link to their website – it is in the left margin.        See also:  More tips.

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For professionals

Working together team

The Working Together Team offers support to schools and academies for students with a wide range of social communication and / or learning needs.        See also:  detail          SEN Support – Scroll down to Social communication outreach.

Flash Cards

Sparklebox offer free teaching aids for children with special educational needs.          Here is the Speech page.        Their terms of use are brief.

SENCo resources

The Council offers support for Early Years SENDCo in implementing the graduated approach within the SEND Code of Practice and meeting the needs of children.        Click icon to browse.

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This is a page for professionals who may be quite new to autism.        See also Autism awareness           Behaviour for professionals

Supporting inclusion

Click icon for Lincolnshire Council pages about supporting inclusion.       It covers aspects of special educational needs & disability for professionals.

Lincolnshire has four integrated locality teams.       SENCOs from all early years providers, registered childminders and out of school club managers can request Early Years inclusion support.        See Early years support         It has an inclusion support referral form at the bottom of the page and email addresses.

Co-ordination

Early years can extend as far as the age of 18 with ESCO.       This is short for Early years Support Care & Co-ordination,

Team Around the Child

When a professional from any agency identifies a child with an additional need and where the care needs require co-ordination due to complexity or due to the number of agencies involved, then a Team around the Child meeting should be initiated.         

This link gives a feel for how things work: TAC meetings         Here is a one stop resource for those in need of Teams Around a Child: TAC resource

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Web safety

See  Technical Guide  for information about the safety of this site.

Safe social networking

UK Safer Internet Centre have produced a handy guide for children, young people, parents and teachers, to on-line safety when using the social networking sites.        Click icon to view.        Also, here are some handy tips for parents.     (new)

Safety on-line

Click page icon for an encyclopaedia of on-line safety.       Their Safe internet use page has some handy bullet points for checking websites.        For example try clicking icons in web browser address bar – circled in red in example below.       The website information you get may vary according to which browser you use and browser extensions and addons in use.        (new

Before spending money or giving personal details a website needs to be checked.      This can be tricky, especially if they are not well known companies.        Here is an introduction to checking out a company in the UK, with links at the bottom.

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Firewall

You only want one.          If you have more than one active at a time they may clash.          Some security packages have them bundled in but all versions of Windows have one available.

For more information see: Technical Tips:

  • To see why one firewall is enough see the not overdoing things bullet point.
  • To find Windows Firewall settings see under security screens.

Anti-virus

For a sound introduction to the issues and context see Do you really need antivirus software?

For a guide to free options click Best free antivirus software .

Again, you only want one Anti-virus package.      You can have too much security.

Things to avoid

You may see adverts or find software on Google claiming to fix problems on your PC or speed up performance.    Treat these with a great deal of suspicion.

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Interest News – Tour de France

  • Tour de France: 2018:   This year Le Tour takes place Saturday July 6th to Sunday July 28th.        See  Official guide         For ITV4 coverage see  TV schedule          Daily highlights 7-8pm.
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  • Money for nothing – Dire Straits trubute band in Bourne, 12th Apr 2019.       Bourne CiCLE feltival men’s road race, 1st Sep.
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  • Queen on scheduled train:  This year, 2018, the queen caught a regular rail service to Norfolk for her Christmas break at Sandringham.        See pictures        In 2017 she recreated the first rail journey by a British monarch – Queen Victoria.
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  • Tour de France: 2018:   This year Le Tour takes place Saturday July 7th to Sunday July 29th, Did you know that one of the teams are using disc brakes on their bikes?
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  • General election, Thursday 8th June 2017 – Easy read manifestos
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  • Tour de France: 2016 coverage:  Stage 7 win.            In the end Chris Froome notched up his third tour win for Britain and the Sky team.           See:  Pictures            Official guide            2015 video           Froome on 2016
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  • New Eurostar trains         Eurostar - Valero e320Eurostar are replacing their original French built train sets with new German Siemens trains.           There are plans to extend services to destinations in the Netherlands and Germany.          “In September 2013, Eurostar announced that its new service between London and Amsterdam, intended to begin operation in December 2016, would be operated by the trains.        The first Class 374 set entered service in November 2015, ahead of the full launch of the new type; the receipt of the safety authorization from the Intergovernmental Commission was received earlier than expected, allowing Eurostar to begin utilizing the type on a small number of services for in-service testing.”.            See Wikipedia for more information.
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  • “Einstein’s gravitational waves ‘seen’ from black holes.”        “Scientists are claiming a stunning discovery in their quest to fully understand gravity.”      See  article  complete with video clip and pictures.            In 1916 Albert Einstein predicted that gravity might be found to work like a kind of wave.           See:  PHD Comics         Wikipedia.
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  • Chris Froome wins the 2015 Tour de France cycle race.          See:  The finish        The day before.           The young Columbian runner up might be one to watch next year.
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  • A NASA space probe sped past Pluto in July 2015.           See: article – with pictures from the probe and illustrations.
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  • Steve Morse joined Deep Purple in 1994, and this recording of Smoke on the Water has a particularly good version of the guitar solo.              In the 1970’s most teenage boys knew the solo, and pretty much most of them with a guitar had a go at playing it.

Related Calendar – The Groove …

Signposting

Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum (LPCF) will be putting on a general signposting event on Wed 30 Sep in Market Rasen,        Click icon nearer the time for details.        See map

The Groove

An exciting, fun-filled night for adults with disabilities aged 16+, their families and support workers.          Saturday 19th OctoberGuildhall Arts Centre Ballroom, St Peter’s Hill, GranthamNG31 6PZ.        Click icon for more information.         See also map.

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These events, on our Related Calendar, are NOT put on by GAIN but may be of interest.              See also Local Groups for autism support groups in the South Lincolnshire and beyond.             They put on events in their area.

Dysart Park Fun Day

GAIN will have a stall at The Dysart Park Fun Day again this year, on Sunday 7th July 2019, 11am to after 4pm.       Click poster thumbnail for official information.        See also:  Facebook      map.

We would be grateful for any donated tombola prizes – old toys, books, food/drink, plants, trinkets, toiletries, teddies, etc (we won’t turn anything down).        Please contact GAIN at
(01476) 855 070 to arrange to drop off or collect.        Thanks to everyone who has already donated prizes, including:  Poundland, Home Bargains, The Works and Subway.

Makaton

An early years specialist will be running a Makaton course on July 5th at Belton Lane Children’s Centre, Grantham.        It will run from 9.30 – 12.30pm and then 12.30pm until 3.30pm with a working lunch.        She will cover Level 1 in the morning and Level 2 in the afternoon.       The cost is £15 per level payable to the trainer on the day.

Healthy Conversation

The NHS will be holding public engagement drop in sessions around Lincolnshire during May and June.       They want to take soundings about the future of local  health services.

Family dog workshops

Workshops for families with children diagnosed with autism in Lincoln on 7 Jun.       Click icon for details.        See Growing up about Dogs for Good.

Signposting

Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum (LPCF) will be putting on a general signposting event on Wed 22 May in Lincoln,

Overcoming trauma

Hesley are putting on a free event for parents about overcoming trauma and building resilience for people with autism.        It will be on 8 May in Nottingham.        Click icon for details and to book.

Easter Quest

An exclusive opportunity outside of opening hours for children and adults on the autistic spectrum to visit with their families.        Alice in Wonderland Easter Quest at Lincoln Castle.        Follow the white rabbit and seek out the clues to solve the Mad Hatter’s riddle and claim your chocolate reward.        Sat  20th Apr, 9am – 10am.        Click icon for more information.

East Midlands events

Workshop for parents of special needs children – Coping with Challenging Behaviour.       Wed, 3rd Apr, 10am – 12pm.        25 FREE places available for parents.        At Voluntary Action Rutland, Rutland Community Hub, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6RB.         To book your free place email westmids.office@contact.org.uk with your name, address and telephone number.        Please also state the age of your child with special needs, and the nature of his/ her disability.        Click poster preview to view.

Have your say

Lincolnshire Autistic Society are putting together feedback from parents and adults with Asperger’s Syndrome about autism related issues.       In particular they believe that the main areas of concern are Education Health Care Plans and Children’s diagnostic pathway.       Click PDF icon for details.        If you have something to say please contact: elizabeth.elvidge@lincolnshireautisticsociety.org.uk .       She would like to hear from you by the end of March, if possible.

Contact events

Click icon for the Spring Contact news bulletin.         To find out about Contact see about.

  • The selfish giant  – theatre show for children with additional needs and their families.        13 Mar, Lincoln.        All places are free but need to be booked.        See poster.
  • Free workshop for EHC plans in Nottingham on 26 Mar.       A few places left as of 30 Jan.        Click icon for details.
  • What’s on at the end gives a round-up of events by county.

SEND workshops

Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum (LPCF) are putting on parents’ workshop days about Special Educational Needs and Disability.        £10 for non-members.       Click icon for details.

  • Tue 26 Feb in Boston.  for those without an EHC plan.
  • Wed 20 Mar in Lincoln. for those entering or in the EHC process.
  • LPCF has also been involved with the council’s Special Educational Needs consultation exercise.          Click icon to see when and where they will be holding their coffee mornings.

PAACT workshops

PAACT is putting on several workshops at St Peter and St Paul’s Church hall, Skellingthorpe Rd, Lincoln, LN6 7RB.        Email Gordon Forsyth at paactsupport@hotmail.co.uk to book your place.

  • Andrew Whitehouse will lead a course in behaviour management on 15 Feb.        £10 per person.        Networking from 9.15am to begin training at 10am.        Click icon for event details.
  • Hilllary Sharp will provide Puberty & wellbeing training on 1st Mar        £25 per person.         See poster for more information.
  • Jane Husscisson will provide Makaton training on 4th Mar.         £25 per person.         See poster for more information.

Childhood anxiety

Family Graffiti are putting on a Childhood anxiety workshop on 14 Feb in Magna village hall, Great Hale,  Sleaford, NG34 9LH.         Click poster to zoom in.         See map.

Sensory perception

PAACT has invited Olga Bogdashina, Lecturer at the International Autism Institute to share her expertise on sensory perception & communication on 8th Feb in Lincoln.        Click icon for details.

Signposting & workshops

  • Free signposting and information event in Horncastle on Tue 22nd Jan 2019
  • Workshop: “Talking to children with Disabilities/SEN about Puberty, Relationships & Sexual Health” in Horncastle on 22nd Jan 2019

Dick Whittington

Polka Dot Pantomimes are performing another season at the Guildhall Arts Centre theatre in Grantham.       The relexed performance is scheduled for 2nd January 2019 at 2pm.       Phone the booking office on (01476) 406 158 to confirm that you are booking the relaxed performance.       See also available seats

Lincoln Castle Explorers

On the 29th December, 9 – 10am, we have an exclusive opportunity outside of our opening hours, for children and adults on the Autism spectrum, to visit with their families.       The team at Lincoln Castle have undergone Autism Awareness training and worked alongside Lincoln’s Parent Support Group PAACT.         Click icon for more information and to book.

The Groove

We have a Christmas disco at the Guildhall which is suitable for adults with disabilities aged 16+, their families and support workers.          It is on Saturday 22nd Dec 2018, Guildhall Arts Centre Ballroom, St Peter’s Hill, Grantham. NG31 6PZ.        Click icon for more information.         See also map.

Making sense of autism

Free training session for parents and professionals on 29th Nov at Huntingtower Primary School, Grantham, NG31 7AU.         Click icon for more information / booking.

Autism Conference

PAACT is taking bookings to attend and for information stands for annual conference in Lincoln on Tuesday 13th November 2018.
The venue will be The Showroom, Tritton Road, Lincoln, LN6 7QY.         Click icon for agenda.

See:  Book to attend          Book display stand          Booking return address         map

Gateway club

Becky, the leader of The Gateway Club, would like to invite you to an open evening on Thursday 8th Nov.        The Gateway Club is an evening social club for those 18+ with learning disabilities.            They are a service run by Grantham and District Mencap.       The club is on Monday & Thursday 6.30 – 9pm, at The Cree Centre on Aire Road / Medway avenue, NG31 7QP.       We offer activities that are both centre based and out in the community.

They are trying to encourage new members and have a open evening planned for people to come along for a chat, piece of cake and see what they do …           Click PDF icon for poster.

Louth speaker event

Thursday 6th September, London Road Pavillion, Louth, LN11 9QP, 10am – 3pm.          Registration, tea & coffee from 9.15am.           Email LAAFS:  contact@laafs.org for more information and to book.

Performing Arts Workshops

Two Linkage Adult Skills days for people aged 16+ with learning disabilities, are coming to the Newark area:

  1. On 21st August with a Greatest Showman themed performance arts workshop.         Click on link to book your place.
  2. Then on 28th August, another workshop.        You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life.         See  Mamma Mia!

Caravan breaks

Magic moments for autistic kids has a caravan in Chapel St Leonards, up the coast from Skegness, available for bookings between May and September 2018.         Click icon for details.          See also Take a break.

Summer Fun

Contact East Midlands has put together a bulletin of summer activities.         Click icon to browse.          Venues include Nottingham and Leicester.          The sailing session is the other side of Nottingham.

Dysart Park Fun Day

GAIN will have a stall at The Dysart Park Fun Day again this year, on Sunday 1st July 2018, 11am to after 4pm.         Click poster thumbnail for official information.          See also map.

We would be grateful for any donated tombola prizes – old toys, books, food/drink, plants, trinkets, toiletries, teddies, etc (we won’t turn anything down).            Please leave them at the Belton Lane Children’s Centre, with the receptionist OR contact GAIN at
(01476) 855 070 to arrange to drop off or collect.

Playtowers

Playtowers special needs evening every Thursday from 28th June.      Venue is at Rochford Tower lane, Boston., PE21 9RH.        £6.95 per person, including meal and drink.          Click thumbnail for poster.

Little Steps support

An opportunity to chat/laugh/cry/celebrate the ‘little steps’ etc. 13th June at the Jubilee Church Life Centre, Grantham.

Challenging decisions

Free workshops about Education, Health and Care, EHC, plans:

  • Tribunals, 18 May, Northampton.          See poster
  • Challenging decisions, 18 June, Northampton.          See poster
  • Challenging decisions, 20 June, Nottingham.          See poster

SEND Workshops

  1.  Workshop about SEND legislation on 18th May in Navenby, near Lincoln.         For parents without an EHC plan.
  2.  Workshop about the EHC process on 15th June in Spalding.          For parents entering or in the EHC process.

Click icon on the right for details.          See also:  booking form  – download        SEN/EHC information        SEN/EHC support

Carers’ event

Carers FIRST are hosting a carer’s event promoting carer’s week on Monday 11th June at Carers First office, 28 Market Place, Grantham. NG31 6LR.        Phone:  0300 303 1555

The event is to highlight services that are available to carer’s who may help them in their caring role.

Fun on the farm

Free event on Saturday 16th June at Tattershall Farm Park, Lincolnshire, LN4 4JR.           Click icon for details and to book.         See also map.

Curly Hair Project

The Curly Hair Project is putting on talks on aspects of autism around  the country.          Tickets from about £20.           Click icon for their full list of  events.

  • Wed May 23: ASD and Females – Workshop, Peterborough

Sounds of the 60s

Linkage are putting on a disco on Friday 11th May from 8pm ‘til late at The County Assembly Rooms, 76 Bailgate, Lincoln, LN1 3AR.        This is a fundraising event for a learning centre at Boultham Park.         Click thumbnail to book.

Peterborough Meet-up

Autism Peterborough are organising a meet-up for Thursday 19th April at the Nene Valley Community Centre, Candy Street, Peterborough, PE2 9RE.        Friendly chat over cup tea and coffee.    With a Tombola stand and special guest stands …          Click icon to for more information.         See also local groups.

Autism Conference

Lincolnshire Autism Conference, Thursday 22nd March 2018 at The Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa, LN10 6QG.          Click icon to book your place.           Please return this form to janet.corcoran@talk21.com or her postal address on the form.

SEND consultation

Lincolnshire County Council is developing a new strategy for special education.                   The Lincolnshire  Parent Carer Forum (LPCF) is keen for parents to have their say.        Click icon for survey form.           Open until 14th March 2018.          See also:  LPCF information

The Groove

An exciting, fun-filled night for adults with disabilities aged 16+, their families and support workers.          Saturday 10th March, Guildhall Arts Centre Ballroom, St Peter’s Hill, GranthamNG31 6PZ.        Click icon for more information.         See also map.

Signposting

Lincolnshire Parent Carer  Forum will be putting on a free signposting and information event on Wednesday 24th January at The Stanhope Hall, Boston Road, Horncastle, Lincolnshire, LN9 6NF – see Map.            Click icon for poster.          See also LPCF Events.

Bourne talks

The Curly Hair Project is putting on talks on aspects of autism around  the country.          Several are planned for Bourne at Rippingdale Village Hall, Station Street, PE10 0TA.            See map.            Tickets from £19.70.

See also full list of Curly Hair Project events.

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Sensory Sensitivity – Opticians

Quiet opticians

Lunettes in George Shopping Centre, GranthamNG31 6LH, offers SEND friendly eye care.       Click icon for more information.       (new)

Specsavers in Lincoln High Street, LN5 7DW, held its first quiet clinic on Sunday 6th August 2017, 10am until 4pm with the next one being on Sunday 3rd September and then the first Sunday of every month,         These clinics have been planned in consultation with local support groups such as Canadda and PAACT.       Click icon for more information.

Food challenges

Options Group have produced a helpsheet – Facing food challenges for those with autism & sensory processing differences.       The author is one of their specialist occupational therapists.        Click icon to view.

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Sensory differences

Click icon to see an article from the National Autistic Society.        They say that many people on the autism spectrum have difficulty processing everyday sensory information.

  • It covers many possibilities.
  • Senses may be over or under sensitive.
  • Look out for Too much information.

Haircut

There is no shortage of advice for coping with sensory sensitivity when getting a child’s hair cut.

A haircut technique

One barber has developed a unique technique where he will cut a child’s hair during long periods while sitting on the floor, on window sills or even in the car.            See article with video clip.

Going to the dentist

  • This article was written by an autism parent after a trip to the dentist.                 The first half of this is the How Did We Get Here part.          The second is How Can You Maybe Get Here part. 
  • Many of us dread the thought of visiting the dentist but for people with autism and/or learning difficulties it can be an especially challenging experience.                  See:  helpsheet

Sensory library

Linkage has a sensory toy library.           The Linkage Sensory Library is a new venture that will bring fun, learning and the therapeutic benefits of using sensory equipment to people with disabilities, including those with learning difficulties, across Greater Lincolnshire.             Click icon on the left for more information.           They have sites in Toynton, Grimsby and from September 2017, Lincoln.            They also have a touring bus.            See also website.

Ear plugs

Vibes are earplugs that are designed not to block outside noise, but to lower the volume.          Like many people with autism, Noah, From Ohio, hears noises much, much louder than the rest of us.          His father says Noah first tried them at a play, when he felt agitated by the noise.          See:  Vibes          FAQ         Amazon.            There are also alternatives.          Please be aware that GAIN is unable to vouch for any of the ear plugs.

SPD

Sensory Processing Disorder is the newest term for the condition that you may see  referred to using similar names like Sensory Integration Difficulties.            Click icon to find out about it.            See also:  What is SI?         ConferencesUK        Star Institute          What is SPD?          SPD and other disorders           Q & A – e.g.  UK mum

Stimming can be a useful coping mechanism for people with sensory sensitivies.        For coping with sensory overload see Why does that happen?.

Sensory issues

This booklet givers an occupational therapist’s view.     It addresses how to read the signs and coping strategies.

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Early support

Services

Lincolnshire Family Services Directory offers an official guide for a child’s early years.         It covers many things, including:

  • Health visitor service.       Located at Health Centres & Children’s Centres etc. or can be contacted at single point access for children’s health: 01522 843000.       See introduction.
  • Two year old progress check
  • Assessment of need
  • Early education.

See also KIDS’ Support to find out about Lincolnshire Children’s Centres’ support group for pre-school children with additional needs.           Parents are asked to stay with their child for the first hour, then they are free to go wherever they wish for the last two hours.

Childcare

Click the icon to see the official Lincolnshire guide to childcare.         It includes providers of childcare and help with costs.

Here is a legal guide to help ensure parents do not miss out on free early years child care and education.        Click the PDF icon to see the guide.

  • Chapter 4 on finding free childcare might be of particular interest.
  • Chapter 9 goes through a number of possible problems and outlines what the law says about them.

For reference, here is Lincolnshire Council’s service plan for childcare providers.

Home teaching

Portage is a scheme for teaching pre-school children with special educational needs, new and useful skills in their own homes.         Click icon for more information.        Parents can refer their child directly.

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See also  School age  about special clothing.

Life Skills

This booklet offers a practical approach to help parents and carers develop life skills in their young children.        It is produced by Falkirk Council’s Children with Disabilities team.        To read this booklet click on the icon.

Early Support

Lincolnshire County Council provide an Early support, care and co-ordination service, or ESCO for short.        It is for children under eighteen with complex health needs or disabilities.       To book an ESCO Drop in clinic appointment, phone the Customer Service Centre number: 01522 782111.        Clinics are held monthly at Children’s Centres.

Click PDF icon for leaflet or graphic icon for web page.

Speech and Language

Click on  Speech and Language  to find out about speech and language development.

Experiences

Read about parents whose preschool-age children have either autism or Aspergers.

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