Parents - Supporting Your Child
It can be hard sometimes to know what to do to help your child if they have autism or any other kind of learning difference. You can sometimes feel very alone! This page gives you contact details for agencies and parent groups that can help support you and give you the opportunity to talk with those who can understand how you may be feeling or going through.
First of all, remember....
Just because your child has a learning difference, does not make them better or worse - it just makes them different! And who wants their child to be the same as everybody else. To be successful in learning children need to understand their strengths and weaknesses. They need to be able to make mistakes and learn from them in an environment that allows them to do so. Having a learning difference can sometimes be frustrating for parents as well as the child, but remember with the right support and encouragement they will flourish and succeed.
How to Help Your Child
Be patient and understanding.
Don't get cross if they can't get something right first time.
Allow them to make mistakes and learn from them.
Give them time to learn something new.
Allow them to learn large pieces of information in chunks.
Try and find a fun way to learn new things using different senses- using ICT, crafts, songs etc.
Allow them to overlearn (keep repeating the same thing lots of times).
Set aside time to help with their homework / key skills.
Don't make them work for hours at a time - little but often is best!
Communicate with school and their class teacher.
Don't be afraid to ask for advice.
Help them become organised with equipment and with getting things to school.
Encourage and reward them.
Agencies that can support you
Staffordshire Parent Partnership
Staffordshire Parent Partnership Service (SPPS) is for parents and carers of children, aged 0 to 19, with special educational needs. They provide a confidential and impartial service across the county, offering information and support.
14 Martin Street, Stafford, ST16 2LG
|The National Autistic Society
The National Autistic Society is the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. The website provides information about the support available for people with autism. Lists local parent support groups.
This site provides families of children with disabilities with information about rights and benefits.
|British Dyslexia Association
The British Dyslexia Association website gives information, resources and local support services.
This is a local charity which supports ordinary parents in and around Tamworth, Staffordshire, who are going through challenging times. The family has to have at least one child under 5.
Tel: 01827 62400
|Contact a Family
Contact a Family is the only national charity that exists to support the families of disabled children whatever their condition or disability. The charity uses the knowledge and experience of parents of children with disabilities to provide a network of support