Information Resources

 

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NEW! The existing Early Support resources have been revised, updated and adapted for use with older children and disabled young people. They are available FREE to download

 

Information Resources

The Early Support information resources describe, discuss and explore either a specific condition/disability or more general information that parent carers and young people have told us they would find useful to know.

The resources were produced in response to requests from families, professional agencies and voluntary organisations for better standard information about particular conditions or disabilities and more general and reliable background knowledge resources.

 

Using the information resources

The information resources are helpful when parent carers and/or young people are searching for accurate information about specific conditions/disabilities or elements of service support.

The resources help practitioners to answer the questions parent carers and young people are most likely to ask either at the time of diagnosis, soon after or as the child grows and matures, moving through different transition points. As with all Early Support resources, the information provided is best used as a shared resource that everyone looks at together as working relationships develop and discussion moves on.

However, the information resources can also be used to meet other needs. Families sometimes like to use them to explain things about their child's situation to grandparents, or friends. Early Years settings, schools and colleges can use them to improve their background knowledge and understanding when they're including children with particular conditions or disabilities.

It's important to remember that nobody is obliged to use the Early Support resources. Everyone who could benefit from the information resources should know about them and be helped to use them, but the guiding principle is to use them only when the family thinks they add value.

You can download the updated, extended and revised versions of a wide range of information resources here:

Information Resource: Behaviour

Information Resource: Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Information Resource: If your child has a rare condition

Information Resource: Childcare

Information Resource: People you may meet

Information Resource: Useful contacts

Information Resource: General information

Information Resource: Living without a diagnosis

Information Resource: Multi-sensory impairments

Information Resource: Neurological Disorders Part One

Information Resource: Neurological Disorders Part Two

Information Resource: Neurological Disorders Part Three

Information Resource: Speech, language and communication needs

Information Resource: Sleep

Information Resource: Visual Impairment Part One

Information Resource: Visual Impairment Part Two

Information Resource: Visual Impairment Part Three

Information Resource: Visual Impairment Part Four

Information Resource: Deafness and hearing loss

Information Resource: Looking after yourself as a parent

Information Resource: Cerebral Palsy

Information Resource: Learning disabilities

Information Resource: Down Syndrome

Note that the current resources are all downloads. You will be pleased to hear that we are intending to provide additional versions of all of these resources in web-based versions, with photographs, diagrams and film footage to ensure they are engaging and interactive when accessed online. These will be available soon.

 

Our Family

Our Family is a set of information templates, developed and owned by the family. It brings together all relevant information about a child's and family's strengths and support needs, as well as their priorities and their aspirations for the future. It includes a single plan format to use to support a single assessment and planning process. This will be available shortly. In the meantime, you can download the original Early Support Family File.

 

My Life

My life is a resource developed and owned by the young person and their family. It provides a set of templates that bring together all relevant information about the young person's strengths and support needs, as well as their priorities and their aspirations for the future. It also includes a single plan format. This will be available shortly.

 

Multiagency Planning and Improvement Tool (MAPIT)

The Multiagency Planning and Improvement Tool is designed to inform and underpin service improvement for disabled children, young people and their families. It enables multiagency groups, parent carers and young people to use the Early Support principles to review services, identify service development priorities, plan for improvement and track progress over time.

Free Download of MAPIT

 

Misunderstood

Misunderstood explains what speech, language and communication needs are and includes advice and guidance on how to support communication development. It includes information for parents to give them guidance on what to do if they suspect their child may have a communication difficulty.

This booklet is aimed at parent and those who work with children and young people to give an introduction to the subject.

This resource is available to download or order.

  

Specific Language Impairment (SLI) Handbook

The SLI Handbook is a book written by I CAN and Afasic that explains what a specific language impairment (SLI) is. It gives advice and support and shows where to go for further information.

To order a free copy as made possible by Early Support, e-mail enquiries@thecommunicationtrust.org.uk with your postal details.

 

COMING VERY SOON! Early Support App

The Early Support app is aimed at children, young people and their families. Its purpose is to provide them with the full range of information that Early Support produces and signposts. It also enables them to record important things about themselves that they could then share with others.  

 

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