Additional Needs

Special Needs and Disabilities

If you would like access to daily advice, support and recommendations for supporting a child or young person with special educational needs as they return to school after the Lockdown visit the Local Offer pages hold information about the services and support available for children and young adults with special educational needs and disabilities up to the age of 25, and their families.

You can follow ISEND on Facebook for advice, support and updates from local and national organisations that support SEND including mental health and well-being resources.

Amaze SENDIASS is the Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service for East Sussex and Brighton and Hove. The SENDIASS Helpline is open Mon-Fri (09:30am – 2:30pm)

CLASS+ provides specialist support to families of children with autism aged 5 to 16. Follow CLASS+ on Facebook. Call 01273 336887 and ask for the CLASS+ helpline (Mon 10am – 1pm)

The Council for Disabled Children (CDC), following the Minister’s request, has launched two new email inboxes aimed to answer questions, collate resources and share information on Coronavirus and the impact on children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). They are designed to be used by professionals, practitioners, parent carers and families of children and young people with SEND.

A resourceful booklet of indoor activities, how to structure routine and ways to manage wellbeing to support children with a learning disability:

An accessible, clear podcast setting out the role parents have during this period and why they are not replacing teachers, but enhancing their own parenting.
Corona – Life at home – supporting children with special needs” SENDcast:

Don’t forget once we can start running group sessions again – please check out our Stepping Stones group sessions.

These session will help you manage problem behaviour and development issues common in children with a disability or additional needs, diagnosed or undiagnosed. It helps you encourage behaviour you like, cope with stress, teach your child new skills and build better family relationships.

Find out if there is a Stepping Stones group near you under our Support in your Area page.

We’re continually updating this website in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with a list of helpful links for parents.