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We support over 13,500 disabled children, young people and their families every year by delivering over 120 services throughout England.
KIDS is unique; there is no other organisation dedicated to providing such an extensive range of services to disabled children and young people, aged 0-25 years, irrespective of their impairment or condition.
Parent Carer breakfasts are a monthly opportunity for parents/carers of disabled children (of any age) to meet up with friends, share stories, hints and tips and support each other. A full cooked breakfast and bottomless drinks are on offer too. This is held at The Tavistock, Tavistock Road, Bedford from 9.30 a.m.
The breakfasts are held during the fourth week of any month in term time. The days alternate within that week so that it is accessible to those with regular commitments on certain days. Members will receive an email with dates and it is also posted on the BDCPS Face Book page.
Parents with children under school age can bring them along including siblings. There is a “Gateopener” support worker available for any requests for information and support.
Ocassionally BDCPS will at the request of parent/carers set up other groups or opportunities e.g. Christmas Shop and Lunch at MK with care for any under school age children required so that parents/carers can enjoy the experience.
During the summer holidays throughout the play scheme at Ridgeway School from 9.30a.m. There are two breakfasts a week. Due to the lack of cooking facilities these breakfasts are continental. Parents/carers dropping off children can go into the staff room and a team of staff and volunteers will serve them with a choice of breakfast goodies whilst they get together with friends or meet new people. Parents/carers not using the play scheme are also welcome to drop in there are usually volunteers or staff that can help if they bring a child/children.
The dates for these are sent out in the play scheme newsletter, emailed to members and posted onto the BDCPS Face Book page (people just have to “ like it” and you will get to know what we BDCPS is up to)
Sarah is a qualified special needs teacher and for the last five years has been studying Animal Assisted Therapy. The Society for Companion Animal Studies explains that Animal Assisted Therapy is facilitated by health service professionals; such as therapists, teachers and nurses. AAT is goal-directed. There are a range of focus areas that can be developed with the use of AAT including, physical, social, emotional and mental health. Animal assisted therapists formally plan and monitor sessions. Goals are discussed with key professionals and/or parents (these can be linked to EHCPlans) and individual plans are designed. Detailed feedback is provided. These sessions last an hour and usually range from 6-12 sessions, depending on the client’s needs.
Sarah has taken part in rigorous training, by a leader in the field, Dr Risë VanFleet and is now a Certified Professional Practitioner in Animal Assisted Play Therapy™, one of few in the UK.
The key purpose is to provide therapeutic support for children and young people (3 +). Play and creative arts therapy can help children to gain a better understanding of their emotions and feelings. It can help work through traumatic events, divorce, bullying, anxiety to name a few. I have a toolkit I use including art, clay, sand, puppets and music. A minimum of 12 sessions are recommended, though this depends on the level of need. Group sessions are available too.
Tired Out is Family Fund’s new sleep support hub which aims to help parents and carers of disabled children to sleep better. It pulls sleep information and resources together in one place. This includes information about support available to families in their local area, useful sleep tips and a wide range of research, resources and stories from families themselves.