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School report question 15

15. What services, external agencies or support groups are available for parents?

There are a range of support groups available for parents to access as follows:
The Schools employ a Family Support Worker who works closely with families and holds regular coffee mornings. Parents have benefited from opportunities to talk to each other about their particular concerns.
There are many support groups for parents of children with special needs available locally and a full directory can be accessed via the Solihull Family Information Service.
Tel:      0800 389 8667
Email: family.info@solihull.gov.uk
Web:   www.solihull.gov.uk/familyinfo

Support groups that our parents have found particularly useful include:
SASSI (Solihull Autistic Spectrum Support and Information)
The group provides an opportunity to talk to parents in the same situation and talk informally to a variety of professionals. The group have monthly meetings locally on a range of subjects suggested by parents.
S.P.A.C.E (Support for Parents and Autistic Children Everywhere)
The group offers a 24hr helpline for advice and support, activities including soft play and a sensory centre. A holiday play scheme is also available.
Dyspraxia Foundation
The group provides information and support to families of children with Dyspraxia.
Dyslexia Information Centre
This centre offers books, guides and equipment for children and young adults with Dyslexia.
Face 2 Face
SENDIAS (Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service)
This scheme offers parents a chance to connect with other parents of disabled children for emotional and practical support.