Here are some sites and sources of information that have helped our members.
We will update these regularly.
National Autistic Society www.autism.org.uk
Autism Wessex www.autismwessex.org.uk
Dorset SENDIASS offers online support to parents and careers of all SEN children
Dorset Council- Local Offer
Provides information and support on provision for children and young people aged 0-25 years with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/children-families/sen-and-disability-local-offer/dorsets-local-offer.aspx
The Local Offer also links to Dorset’s Family Information Directory so you can search for services, and support such as short breaks.
Dorset Parent Carer Council – DPCC
This is run by parents and for parents and families. They provide a strong voice for families and provide advice and support.
Mental Health and Wellbeing Charities:
Dorset MIND http://www.dorsetmind.uk
Young Minds http://www.youngminds.org.uk
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. Working with children, schools and families. Excellent resources and support.
Meditation and Mindfulness:
Resources to support mental health:
Education Support and Information:
Dorset SENDIASS – SEN and Disabilty Information, Advice and Support. Free, impartial and confidential. Support for children and young people with SEND 0-25 and parents and carers.
IPSEA: Independent provider of Special Education Advice
Free independent legally based information, advice and support. They also provide training on the SEND legal framework to parents, carers, professionals and other organisations.