Free course: Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) in children with mental health difficulties

With Melanie Cross, Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists One of the most common elements of additional needs is speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). If a child also …

It is time employers realised the benefits of employing young people with learning disabilities

Educating businesses on the benefits of employing Neurodivergent people and those with Learning Disabilities is key to making the changes needed for them to see the invaluable contributions people can make to society.

The audiobook service that’s free for disabled people, with 3,000 books for children and young people

While children are always encouraged to read books, for many diving into a good story or even a school text book throws up huge challenges. Whether it’s a visual impairment, …

Poor advice for Post-16: Why Katie & Harvey Price’s long hunt for a suitable college is far from unique

with Ruth Perry, Senior Policy Manager at Natspec We’re approaching the 31st March deadline for updated Education, Health and Care Plans for young people heading towards post-16 SEND provision. Last …

Neurodevelopmental Neurodiversity Network: A collaboration to advance understanding of neurodevelopment and neurodiversity

A short while ago I happened upon a website for something called the Neurodevelopmental Neurodiversity Network, which being autistic myself, immediately piqued my interest. Its website describes it as “an interdisciplinary …

More parents seeking children’s mental health support in pandemic, with growing pessimism over support delays

We need to look out for ourselves and others as Child and Adolescent Mental Health waiting times increase warn Karen Wespieser MBE & Dr Jo Taylor As we plunge into …

How has coronavirus affected your child’s access to speech and language therapy?

with Caroline Wright, Policy Adviser at the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists In the first lockdown, thousands of children overnight lost the external therapy input such as speech …