Parent and family link
Time passes quickly. It has already been eighteen months since we started working together.
Thank you for attending our coffee mornings and for requesting a wide variety of workshops. We have been able to cover most of your requests, such as toileting, sleep issues, tooth brushing, menstruation and sensory processing as well as tip-toe walking.
In addition, over the next few months, before the end of the school year, we will be holding several more workshops including positive behaviour strategies, puberty in children with SEN, play and communication. As always, you will be informed in advance.
It also gives me great pleasure to be able to inform you that we have succeeded in bringing back the Ability Connect parents’ group. For those of you who do not know, Ability Connect is a parent/carers group ‘run by you for you’ so that you can share experiences, pass on knowledge, gain information and discuss problems in a relaxed and supportive setting.
Ability Connect holds its meetings regularly on the last Friday of every month at the Danesbury Road site from 9:30am to 10:30am. It has already welcomed many guest speakers from different organisations such as Short Breaks, Direct Payments, Our Barn and Ruils, sharing information and supporting you and your family in a range of different subjects. If you would like to invite other speakers to an Ability Connect meeting, please contact me. Working with you, I will do my best to help you make it happen.
Finally, please remember that you are always welcome to come in to see me for a chat about anything that you are worried about regarding your child’s wellbeing. I am here to help you with matters ranging from health and education to housing and benefits, or simply to be someone for you to talk to.
I am available in school at the following times:
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at Main Street, 9:30am – 3:00pm
- Wednesday at Danesbury Road, 9:30am – 3:00pm
My contact details are:
Phone: 0208 898 0479, ask for Kasia
I look forward to working with you on many more projects that will help your child and your family.
With very best wishes,
Family Support Worker
WHAT IS DISABILITY LIVING ALLOWANCE (DLA)?
Disability living allowance is the main benefit for disabled children under 16. DLA is designed to help you cover the extra costs that you might face because of your child’s disability. The range of levels is wide, from a little extra help for children with learning disabilities to severe disability both mentally and physically.
What’s really important to remember about the DLA, is that it is about how much extra care and support your child needs not what their diagnosis is. In fact even if your child doesn’t have a diagnosis yet, you can still claim DLA. You will of course need good evidence of how their needs impact them day to day life. The key issue is that they have extra needs that other children their age don’t have.