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SEND/Inclusion Useful Website Links

 

At Manland we are committed to Inclusion.  For more information about our SEND provision, policies and offer please refer to http://manland.herts.sch.uk/statutory-information/ 

Here are some useful websites:

www.thegrid.org.uk/learning/inclusion/index.shtml

The Inclusion pages show what Hertfordshire has to offer to both schools and parents for all children whatever their needs.

DSPL is a Hertfordshire-wide partnership approach where parents, carers, staff in early years settings and schools, further education colleges, local authority officers and representatives from other agencies, work together as part of an Area Group, to ensure that there is a range of provision and support services available in their local community that meets the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), aged 0-25, as close to home as possible. 

The DSPL now have a website where you can find out further information and see some of the courses and events they have to offer for parents/carers of children with a special educational need or disability. Their website is – http://www.dspl7.org.uk

If you are the parent or carer of a child or young person with an additional need or disability aged 0-25 years you can join the Hertfordshire Additional Needs Database (HAND) .  Hand is an organisation that can offer and advice and support to children and families of children with an SEN.

If you do not want to sign up but have a child with a Special Educational Health Need or Disability you can access their newsletters using the following link http://handnews.hertscc.gov.uk/

Specific Learning Difficulties

www.windermere.herts.sch.uk/spldbase/

As a school we are supported by Windermere Specific Learning Difficulties Base which gives us advice and support for pupils who have dyslexic or dyspraxic tendencies.

Additionally there are a number of organisations who offer support for parents and carers of children. For those affected by dyslexia, it can be very difficult, and confusing as to where to turn for advice, guidance, help and support. The following websites are respected organisations that offer assistance, advice and support.

www.dyslexiaaction.org.uk
Dyslexia Action is a national charity and the UK’s leading provider of services and support for people with dyslexia and literacy difficulties. This is a very good source of information fro both parents and teachers. In the parents section they have links to a large number of organisations including Waterstones Books where you will find books that have been approved by Dyslexia Action.

www.bdadyslexia.org.uk     (British Dyslexia Association)
This is another national charity that provides advice and support to teachers and parents. This site also includes information about dyscalculia.

www.dyslexiamatters.co.uk

The North Hertfordshire branch of the BDA is now called Dyslexia Matters. The group are based in Letchworth and run a number of courses for those who are interested. They also have a page with approved tutors.

www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk

The Dyspraxia Foundation gives support to individuals and families affected by dyspraxia. On the site contact details can be found for a support group in Hertfordshire.

www.boxofideas.org

This site is good  for lots of practical advice for home and school. It includes short videos of how to better support handwriting and posture skills.

www.dystalk.co.uk

The Dystalk website is also very useful and contains links to free online resources which support various study skills.

Autism

www.nas.org.uk (National Autistic Society)

The National Autistic Society is a very active organisation and produces a wealth of excellent advice for parents and teachers.

www.aspergerfoundation.org.uk

‘The Asperger’s Syndrome Foundation is committed to promoting awareness and understanding of Asperger’s Syndrome. The Foundation aims to promote high quality support and services, and to enable people with Asperger’s syndrome to develop into members of the community who are respected for their contribution and recognised for their unique differences’.

Down Syndrome

www.downs-syndrome.org.uk

This site has a lot of information and offers support and advice to parents and teachers as well as useful links to other organisations, training and publications.

Down Syndrome Research and Practice: www.downsed.org

Yet again a very useful site.

Handwriting

www.nha-handwriting.org.uk

They aim to: raise awareness of handwriting as a crucial component of literacy and to promote and foster good practice in the teaching of handwriting and to provide support for those working with children and adults who have
handwriting difficulties.