New Resource Available for Families of Neurodiverse Children in Essex

New Resource Available for Families of Neurodiverse Children in Essex

A new initiative has been launched in Essex to support families of neurodiverse children and those with Special Education Needs Disabilities (SEND).

A new Neurodevelopment Family Resource Pack has been created to provide a comprehensive support guide for families with a neurodiverse child. It covers a wide range of differences, such as autism, ADHD, dyspraxia, OCD, Tourette’s Syndrome and literacy and numeracy difficulties.

The toolkit is a direct response to feedback from many families who say they ‘don’t know where to start’ to find information and help to support their child. The resource has been written with support from two charities SEND the Right Message and Takiwatanga along with the Parent Carer Forum Essex Family Forum, together with partners from Essex County Council, and the NHS – together listening with parents in Essex, Southend and Thurrock who have lived experience and challenges themselves.

The support pack ‘by parents for parents’ covers information on different neurodiverse conditions, the diagnosis process, education, health and wellbeing, growing up, how to apply for financial help, myth busting and more.

The Neurodevelopment Family Resource Pack is available in digital format here. It will also be shared by Health, Education and Social Care partners with parents who are at the start of their referral journey.

Cllr Tony Ball, Cabinet Member for Educational Excellence, Lifelong Learning and Employability, at Essex County Council, said, “We have listened to feedback that families often don’t know where to start to look for help when they realise that their child may be neurodiverse. It can be an incredibly overwhelming experience, but this resource will give families more control to support their child, with all the information they need in one place. We have already heard from lots of families that this resource is helping them to access the right services and increasing parent confidence.”

Last updated 16 December 2021