Families

NHS

The National Health Service website offers a guide to established medical opinion in the UK.        Click icon for their autism page.         In What is autism? they say that autism is not an illness or disease.         It means your brain works in a different way from other people.       The NHS carries out diagnosis of autism and treatment of related conditions.

Children’s therapy

Click icon to find out about NHS children’s therapy services in Lincolnshire.       More specifically see:  Neurodevelopmental difficulties

Community Paediatrics

An NHS service for children in Lincolnshire who are referred when there are concerns about development, behaviour or educational needs.       Click icon to view.       new

Autism Support Network

Click icon for NHS community help and support for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder and their families in Lincolnshire.    See also Contact us for GAIN’s new phone number.

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Look under FAQ for Associated conditions and Information sub-menus.

Lincolnshire county council

Council website

The Lincolnshire County Council website has many pages of information for parents of children with Special Educational Needs and Disability.       Click icon to browse.        It includes Short breaks and ESCO.        Social care or direct payments may be available.        To find out how to arrange an assessment contact the Customer Service Centre on 01522 782 111.

Phone iconClick  phone icon for a guide to all the services offered by the Council Customer Services Centre.        See also definitive Council contact information.

Family services directory

The Lincolnshire County Council on-line Family Services Directory is the go-to place to find out about services.       It is likely to be the place with the most up-to-date information.      Service providers can update their own entries.       There are more menu options on their home page.       Click icon to see.

The GAIN website also has:  Take a break       Activities & support       ESCO support

Helplines

Phone iconDoc iconThe National Autistic Society have an on-line form as well as a phone number.       But before you call or email check to see how they can help.        They are much in demand, so it might be worth a look.       See icons to the left for the next step.

Phone iconContact (for families with disabled children) was founded by parents.       Have a look at Who are we?        Click icon to find out about their helpline.       You can get in touch with Contact by phone or email.       See also their FAQ tool.

Phone iconThe Challenging Behaviour Foundation offers telephone and email support to family carers and professionals caring for children and adults with severe learning disabilities and challenging behaviour.

Doc iconChildcare

Lincolnshire Family Services directory has lots of information for families to help them find childcare.       They also have a guide to getting help with costs.       Click icon to browse.

For specialist SEN helplines see SEN Support.

CAMHS

Your Child’s GP might make a referral to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).        They are behind the Cinema on St Catherine’s Road in Grantham.

For official information see:  introduction        webpage
See what one parent says:  article.

See also SEN support about the Lincolnshire Educational psychology service.

Support for carers

Support and resources are available for school aged children who care for an adult – typically a parent.        Click icon to browse Support for carers page.