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SEND support events for parent carers

Courses and events to support parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Events are held across Norfolk, and are organised in date order.

Three ten-week course modules run during term time for professionals, parents and carers.

Dates and times:

BSL Module 101

  • Monday 24 September to Monday 3 December, 6.30-8.30pm

BSL Module 102

  • Monday 7 January 7 to Monday 18 March, 6.30-8.30pm

BSL Module 103

  • Monday 29 April to Monday 15 July, 6.30-8.30pm

Venue:  City Academy Norwich, 299 Bluebell Road, Norwich NR4 7LP

Cost and bookings:

£240 for professionals, plus the cost of exams (£93 for the three exams, any retakes are extra).  Limited places for a parent of a deaf child at a reduced rate of £75 are available.  You must have a confirmed place before attending.  Contact Heather Riseborough heather.riseborough@norfolk.gov.uk for more information.

Want to know more about your child growing up?

Come along to this free 10-week course taking place near Downham Market to explore issues concerning: 

  • Communication
  • Having fun together
  • Ages and stages of growing up
  • Temper tantrums
  • Sleep

Dates and times:  Tuesday mornings from 7 May to 16 July, 9.30-11.30am

Venue: Southery Academy, Westgate Street, Southery PE38 0PA

Bookings: Please contact Jane or Maxine at Downham Market Children’s Centre on 01366 387403 or phone Southery Academy on 01366 377205.

A free course for parents and carers of children aged 11-16 years.

  • Would you like to know more about your child’s development during their adolescence, and why they behave in certain ways?
  • Do you know why your child or adolescent gets angry and how you can help them calm down?
  • Do you want to build on your confidence as a parent or carer?
  • Would you like to meet with other parents of similar aged children in a relaxed and safe environment?

This 10-week course will help to develop ways of relating to your child that supports their healthy development and helps you to manage their behaviour. It will explore issues relating to:

  • Physical and emotional changes
  • Continuing to enjoy each other’s company as your children grow up
  • Communication and behaviour
  • Parenting styles

Dates and times:  Wednesday mornings from 8 May to 10 July, 9.30-11.30am

Venue:  Swaffham Community Centre, The Campingland, Swaffham PE37 7RB

Bookings:  Telephone Kathy Cargill or Clare Peak at Family Action on 01760 720302.

A Family Action course run over three weeks for parents or carers of a child whom they believe may have ASD or ADHD, or who is on the waiting list for assessment of ADHD or ASD.

Come along and meet other families and share your concerns and your successes.  This training will help you to understand your child’s challenging behaviour and give tips and advice on how to manage the condition.

The course was devised by clinical psychologists working in West Norfolk and they recommend it course to all families awaiting assessment for ASD/ADHD or who have recently had a diagnosis.

Dates and times:

  • Thursday 9, Monday 16 and Monday 23 May, 10am-12noon at St James Clinic, Extons Road, King’s Lynn PE30 5NU
  • Monday 10, Monday 17 and Monday 24 June, 10am-12noon at Swaffham Community Centre, The Campingland, Swaffham PE37 7RB
  • Monday 8, Monday 15 and Monday 22 July, 10am-12noon at St James Clinic, Extons Road, King’s Lynn PE30 5NU

Bookings and further information:  Please contact Clare Peak at Family Action at clare.peak@family-action.org.uk or 01760 720302.

An accredited course run over three weeks by The Hamlet that is suitable for anyone providing support for those who use Signalong as part of their communication.

It aims to develop the skills that learners already have, to understand the communication process, and to develop the ability to communicate with those who have communication impairments.

Course objectives:

  • Discuss the early development of language, social interaction and communication
  • Consider how sign supported communication supports children and adults with speech, language and communication needs
  • Practice using signing skills and signs to interact and communicate with others
  • Learn at least 360 signs

Dates and times:

  • Sunday 2 June, 9am-3pm
  • Sunday 9 June, 9am-3pm
  • Sunday 23 June, 9am-3pm

Venue: 221 St Leonards Road, Norwich NR1 4JN

Cost:  The cost is £85 per person plus £19 for a Signalong phase 1 book. All learners will be required to complete a written test at the end of the course and throughout the course their practical work will be observed.

Further information:  Phone 01603 765405 or email trainingteam@thehamletcharity.org.uk.

A six-week programme offered by Norfolk Nurture Hub to support parents and carers to understand the importance of nurture for well-being.

Benefits to the parent or carer:

  • Working with your child in a non-judgemental and caring environment
  • Restoring positive relationships
  • Time for reflection
  • Sharing experiences with other adults
  • Increased confidence

Benefits to the child:

  • Working alongside your parent or carer in an uninterrupted setting
  • A nurtured approach to SEMH
  • Breaking barriers to learning
  • Building on self-esteem
  • Strengthening relationships

Dates and times: Tuesdays 4 June, 11 June, 18 June, 25 June, 2 July and 9 July, 4-5.30pm

Venue:  Norfolk Nurture Hub, Waterworks Road, Norwich NR2 4DF

Bookings:  Cost £180.  Booking is essential. Please book via https://www.norfolknurturehub.org/art-wellbeing.

Norfolk County Council is holding a Carers Support Day in Norwich to celebrate the huge contributions that carers play in people's lives.

The Forum will be filled with organisations, groups and networks from across Norfolk that can help with the difficulties, stresses and challenges of caring.

Throughout the day there will be free-to-try activities, from laughter yoga and gentle exercise to adult colouring, with several stands from organisations that support carers with health and wellbeing, assistive technology, finances and activities in the community.

Find out more on the Carers Week website.

Date, time and venue:  Friday 14 June, 10am-4pm at The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich NR2 1TF

A four-week course in Dereham run by ASD Helping Hands for parents and carers of children suspected of having ASD.

  • Understanding the train of impairment
  • The anger mountain and managing behaviour
  • The sensory world of ASD
  • Visual aids and communication

Dates and times:  Thursdays 13 June to 4 July, 10am-12noon

Venue:  Grove House Infant and Nursery School, Gilpin’s Ride, Dereham NR19 1BJ

Bookings:  To register please go to the ASD Helping Hands website. For further details contact Helping Hands on 01362 288110.

A full day of talks, question and answer sessions, interactive workshops and a marketplace packed with autism services and information.

This day event is suitable for individuals, parents and carers, and education, health, social and public sector professionals.

Keynote speakers include Dr Sarah Griffiths (University of Cambridge) and Dr Fiona Gullon-Scott (consultant chartered psychologist).

Date and venue:  Thursday 27 June at University of Essex, Colchester

Bookings: Tickets £20-£50 (Autism Anglia members £20, individual tickets £25, not for profit organisations £40, professionals £50).

Visit www.autism-anglia.org.uk for ticket sales and full details of the day. For all enquiries call 01206 577678 or email training@autism-anglia.org.uk.

An accredited course run over three weeks by The Hamlet that is suitable for anyone providing support for those who use Signalong as part of their communication.

You must have already completed the Foundation Course Phase 1 to attend this Phase 2 course, which provides the opportunity to develop further the skills that you have already acquired.

Learners will gain access to a wider range of vocabulary and have the opportunity to practice signing together, learning a further 346 signs.

Dates and times:

  • Saturday 29 June, 9am-3pm
  • Saturday 6 July, 9am-3pm
  • Saturday 13 July, 9am-3pm

Venue:  221 St Leonards Road, Norwich NR1 4JN

Cost:  The cost is £85 per person plus £19 for a Signalong phase 1 book. All learners will be required to complete a written test at the end of the course and throughout the course their practical work will be observed.

Further information:  Phone 01603 765405 or email trainingteam@thehamletcharity.org.uk.

Sleep is the most important thing to reset your brain and body health.

Sleep East is offering a Sleep Well-Live well workshop for exhausted families that will give you ideas and strategies to help your child to self-settle, sleep through the night and help you to manage those early morning awakenings.

The workshop is suitable for parents of children with complex and additional needs.

It will cover diet, exercise, use of IT how to manage anxiety and use of light/dark to regulate your body clock plus:

  • What happens when you sleep
  • Play sleep bingo
  • Sleep quizzes
  • Sleep information and strategies
  • Developing a good bedtime routine
  • Maintaining a good sleep pattern
  • Self settling
  • Sleeping through the night
  • Early waking

Date: Wednesday 11 September

Time: 9.30am-12noon

Venue: The Hamlet Charity, Johnson Place, Norwich, NR2 1SJ

Cost: £16 per place (includes donation to Hamlet Centre for venue)

Contact: joybishop@sleepeast.co.uk to book your place or telephone 01692 402240

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