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Social communication and ASD (16-25 years old)

Coventry SEND Local Offer

Coventry has a comprehensive range of interventions for young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and difficulties with Social Communication.

In this section you can find out about the assessment process for ASD in Coventry as well as therapies and services for young people with ASD and difficulties with Social Communication.

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View full details of ADHD - The questions that parents want to ask

About

'ADHD: The questions parents want to ask' is a video from BBC Stories. This video has information about ADHD and how it feels for someone with ADHD. 

 

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View full details of Amazing Things Happen - an animated video about autism

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Amazing Things Happen is an introduction to autism that aims to raise awareness among young non-autistic audiences, to stimulate understanding and acceptance in future generations. It is intended to be viewed, discussed and shared widely by anyone but especially teachers and parents.

Amazing Things Happen is the creation of independent animation director Alex Amelines. 

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View full details of Dimensions Tool - Find Out What Help is Available

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The Dimensions tool helps young people, parents, carers, referrers and professionals find out what could be offered to help with their particular difficulties, using a shared database of local interventions.

The database includes interventions across the services for young people, inside and outside the NHS, including those available through charities, support groups and the local authority.

This demonstrates the different kinds of services and support for well-being, with specialist mental health services being needed for only the more severe difficulties.

The Dimensions app has been developed with carers, service users, referrers, local services, clinicians and the CWPT Trust. 

 

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View full details of Educational Psychology Service - Introduction

About

The Educational Psychology Service (EPS) provides a specialised response to children/young people whose progress in educational settings is presenting serious concerns to their parents/carers and to staff who teach that child/young person. Support from an Educational Psychologist (EP) needs to be requested in most cases by:

  • a school/academy, 
  • the local authority, or
  • in the case of early years children (i.e. before the age that statutory schooling begins), the Health Authority, Early Years settings, other Local Area support services or parents who are due to move to live in this Local Area. 

The EPS is based at Limbrick Wood Centre, Thomas Naul Croft, Tile Hill, Coventry, CV4 9QX.

Requests from schools

At the beginning of each financial year, schools ask for an agreed total number of hours from the EPS. In exceptional circumstances, schools may request additional hours from the EPS during the course of that financial year. At the beginning of each school term, the EP and Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) meet to agree the work that the EP will complete over the course of the term. 

How to access educational psychology in Coventry

Coventry City Council’s Educational Psychology team (EPS) provides services for children and young people with significant or complex special educational needs. In most cases, support from an Educational Psychologist (EP) needs to be requested by:

  • the local authority, 
  • a school or academy that has purchased support from the team, or
  • in the case of early years children (i.e. before the age that statutory schooling begins), the Health Authority, Early Years settings, other Local Area support services or parents who are due to move to live in this Local Area. 

Requests from the Local Authority

The Local Authority commissions the EP team to complete a range of work on its behalf. This includes EHC Needs Assessments, work with Early Years children, work in special schools and work with children and young people attending out-of-city provision. Support is usually requested by the Statutory Assessment and Review Service (SARS). 

Requests from parents, carers and young people

If parents or carers have concerns that their child has special educational needs and wish for the involvement of an EP, they should raise their concerns with the setting’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) in the first instance. 
If a parent or carer contacts the EP team directly to request involvement, the EP may agree to discuss the parent or carer’s concerns at the next Planning Meeting. A representative from the school will then inform the parent or carer of any actions that are agreed.  

Gaining parental consent

Parental consent is necessary for an EP to start work with a young person and to process their personal information. This is usually gained from parents, carers or the young person themselves by the SENCo of the setting they attend.

Children receiving education at home

Requests for EP support for children who are electively home educated, should be addressed to the SARS team in the first instance.

For more information, please visit the Educational Psychology website.

The Revised Neurodevelopmental Pathway

Coventry’s Revised Neurodevelopmental Pathway has been created to improve the support for parents and carers of children and young people with social communication difficulties that may be linked to autism.

Health and education professionals have gathered the views of parents/carers, schools and GPs  in order to make the pathway more user-friendly and supportive. They want families and professionals to be able to work together more easily.

For more information please visit The Neurodevelopmental Pathway Leaflets and Forms page 

Here you can find more information about the Neurodevelopmental pathway in Coventry and how to get the kind of help and support that is best for you. 

Telephone

024 7678 8400

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View full details of Mental Health Support for Children - RISE and the Neurodevelopmental Service

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What is Rise?

RISE is Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust's and the NHS' emotional well-being and mental health services for children and young people in Coventry and Warwickshire. In 2017 they put a short list of names out to vote and 'Rise' was the chosen name for the services.

Rise seeks to work more closely with schools, voluntary community services, Social Care and Primary Care (such as GP practices) to increase support for the children and young people who need it. We have put in place and continue to develop programmes and training packages that can be accessed by our partners.

The key aims of Rise are:

  • Increased emphasis on prevention and early intervention for mental health issues
  • Focus on building resilience 
  • to be integrated in our working, especially with schools
  • to work with a child or young person's family and extended network
  • to support in partnership with the system complex and vulnerable children
  • to help children and young people bounce back when things get tough
  • to make getting help really easy - our vision is : ‘No door being the wrong door’
  • to support children and young people aged 0-25 in a way that matters to them
  • to support the whole family – not just the child
  • to reach out to those who need us most

For more information, please see the Rise website

Neurodevelopmental Service

What is The Neurodevelopmental Service?

The Neurodevelopmental Service is a highly skilled multidisciplinary team within the wider Rise service who provide assessment and diagnosis of neurodevelopmental disorders including ASD, ADHD, Tourette’s and Dyspraxia (as a co-occurring disorder).

The Neurodevelopmental service was created in order to meet the needs of children and young people with these disorders, understanding that they may not have a Learning Disability and/or a Mental Health concern.  It also appreciates that these individuals have needs which should be supported in a holistic way, including social, emotional and physical well- being. The vision of the service is to improve the child/young person’s life chances by reducing/preventing co morbid acute mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and self-harm and reducing/preventing family, social and educational breakdown. The Neurodevelopmental Service also strives to support the child/young person in reaching their individual potential.

The aims:

  • To reduce the occurrence of mental health concerns requiring specialist mental health services for children and young people with neurodevelopmental disorders
  • To provide streamlined assessment  and diagnosis process for children and young people with co- occurring neurodevelopmental disorders
  • To provide specialist pre and  post assessment/diagnostic support to families and carers of children and young people with neurodevelopmental disorders
  • To provide group interventions to support secondary symptoms relating to neurodevelopmental disorders such as managing anxiety,  anger and other emotions, communication difficulties, and sensory differences.
  • To provide specialist psychological/ therapeutic interventions for children with complex needs relating to their neurodevelopmental disorders that cannot be successfully supported in or are not appropriate for mental health services.
  • To work with other services to ensure access to support for children and young people with Neurodevelopmental Disorders and their families is core to what they provide.

For more information, please see the Neurodevelopmental Service website.

For information about referring in to the service, please see How to refer to the Neurodevelopment Service

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View full details of National Organisation - Autism Links

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Autism Links is dedicated to making helpful and sometimes vital links to charities, support groups and specialist service providers that are all ready to share advice and experience whenever you need it.

The Autism Links website covers who to talk to, where to go and contains lots of helpful advice all in one place.

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View full details of National Organisation - National Autistic Society (NAS)

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The National Autistic Society (NAS) is the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families.

Their goal is to help transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for autistic people.

They provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism.

The NAS also has information about the National Autism Act 2009.

The National Autism Act 2009 was the result of two years of active campaigning. 

It is the only act dedicated to improving support and services for one disability.

For more information, please visit the NAS guides to the National Autism Act and the NAS website 

 

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View full details of National Organisation - The Communication Trust

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The Communication Trust is a coalition of over 50 not-for-profit organisations.

They work together to support people who work with children and young people in England to support their speech, language and communication.

For more information, please see The Communication Trust website

 

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View full details of National Organisation - The Curly Hair Project

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The Curly Hair Project (CHP) is an award-winning social enterprise founded by autistic author and entrepreneur Alis Rowe.

Their resources are used by individuals, families and professionals all over the world.

Things that make their work different: 

  • It is based on real life, personal experiences
  • They teach people how to really apply the theory we teach about autism
  • They have a very ‘inclusive’ approach – supporting all people in developing communication and relationships
  • They don’t expect the rest of the world to change to fit in with the autistic person – they want everyone to adapt and work together!
  • They aim to help autistic people learn to understand themselves and their needs and ultimately be able to self-manage
  • Their work is all about acceptance, understanding and empathy for different world experiences
  • They can offer differentiated learning because Alis is on the autistic spectrum herself

For more information, see The Curly Hair Project Website or the Curly Hair Project Facebook Page

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View full details of Neurodevelopmental Pathway - Educational Psychology Service

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The Revised Neurodevelopmental Pathway

Coventry’s Revised Neurodevelopmental Pathway has been created to improve the support for parents and carers of children and young people with social communication difficulties that may be linked to autism.

Health and education professionals have gathered the views of parents/carers, schools and GPs in order to make the pathway more user-friendly and supportive. They want families and professionals to be able to work together more easily.

For more information please visit The Neurodevelopmental Pathway Leaflets and Forms page

Here you can find more information about the Neurodevelopmental Pathway in Coventry and how to get the kind of help and support that is best for you.

Telephone

024 7678 8400

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View full details of Speech and Language Therapy - Adults

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Speech and Language Therapy - Adults

The role of the Speech and Language Therapy - Adults Team is to assess and treat adults who have swallowing, speech, language, voice, stammering and/or communication problems. People may find they have one or more of these difficulties.

This is a self-referring service.

There can be many reasons why people can have difficulties with speech, language and/or swallowing.

For example, someone has had a stroke (CVA), suffered from a head injury, or if they have a degenerative neurological condition such as Parkinson's Disease, Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, Huntingdon's Disease or Motor Neurone Disease.

We work with adults who may have one or more of the following difficulties and who have a Coventry GP:

  • Producing speech and using speech
  • Stammering/stuttering
  • Understanding language - spoken and/or written down by other people
  • Using language e.g. finding the right words to say, or finding the right words to write down
  • Voice problems e.g. a hoarse or croaky voice
  • Swallowing food and/or drinks and/or medications

For more information, please visit the Speech and Language Therapy - Adults website.

Someone with a learning disability who has swallowing problems should refer to our Community Learning Disability Team.

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View full details of Support - Autism West Midlands

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Autism West Midlands are the leading charity in the West Midlands for people on the autism spectrum.

They use their expertise to enrich the lives of autistic people and those who love and care for them. Their passionate, expert staff and volunteers work across all age groups and abilities, providing direct support.

They support autistic people to live as independently as possible, in residential care, or in their own or the family home

  • They provide activities and events and support for families, and an information helpline
  • They help autistic people to find and keep a job
  • They offer training for parents of children on the autism spectrum, and the professionals who help them ….and much more!

Vision

A world where autistic people are universally understood and accepted as equal citizens.

Mission

To provide specialist support and advice to autistic people of all ages and their families living in the West Midlands, enabling them to meet their full potential.

Fore more information please visit the Autism West Midlands website

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