Social care assessment requests

Please note this is not legal advice When making a request for a disability social care assessment , we need to think abut a few things so that the picture in our head is clear when we engage with the social care team who come to assess the family. If you are writing it down […]

Free resources at Nicola Hughes

Nicola Hughes has posted some really cool free resources on her website. Please do check them out! These include infinity colouring sheets and a really handy SEN parents communication log!    

What support you may be entitled to

DISABILITY LIVING ALLOWANCE (DLA) For under 16’s Based on needs not diagnosis Not means tested Telephone: 0800 121 4600 Care component                       Care component Weekly rate Lowest £26.90 Middle £68.10 Highest £101.75 Mobility component Mobility component Weekly rate Lower £26.90 Higher £71 CARERS ALLOWANCE £76.75 a week if you care for someone at least 35 hours […]

Finding a private speech therapist


We used to use the two following companies Chatter Bug and The Talking house Melissa who used to work for The Talking house has her own company now the best way to find SLT in my view is via the website Basically you put in where you live, and what sort of SALT […]

AAC Apps

In the realm of assistive technology, communication aids have become a cornerstone for individuals who face challenges in verbal communication. This article delves into some of the most prominent communication aids available, helping you to decide which one might be the best fit for your needs. Each of these tools offers distinct features and benefits, […]

Checking your EHCP Draft in Leeds

Before you read further have a look at this The draft is received when all the professional input that was requested during the assessment phase has been received and the Case Work Officer (CWO) has taken the input and compiled it into an EHCP Draft. When you receive the EHCP you’ll also receive copy […]

Our experience with Intensive Interaction

Speech and language

I am writing this blog here while all is still relevantly fresh, in hope to give some understanding to those looking for what Intensive interaction is, why it is recommended and to share our personal experience with it. The first time I heard the words “Intensive Interaction”, was probably in our first private speech and […]

ABA as an intervention in Leeds


There are lots of interventions for Autistic children and adults to help them learn skills and to improve their quality of life. For a lot of interventions available to help your child that have scientific backing you can look at the website below (previously known as research autism). They go through a lot of scientific […]

How to do a Freedom of Information request


First of all a note: Freedom of information request also known as FOI is not the same as subject access request, also known as SAR They are two completely different things. The Freedom of Information Act covers any recorded information (data) that is held by a public authority in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and […]

Eye test for non-verbal child who doesn’t follow instructions

Eye Test

I can only share my experience of this for my child. We are based in Leeds, UK, your experience may be different. It was the school that indicated that our non-verbal 5 year old needed to get an eye check. She was squinting and watching things at strange angles. We knew taking her to a […]