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Afasic

Around 6% of children starting school have speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) - an average of 2 in every classroom.

Afasic is the UK charity representing children and young people with speech, language and communication difficulties, working for their inclusion in society and supporting their parents and carers.

Our Advice and Information Services provide support to thousands of people every year, including Helpline and email support, free to download factsheets and access to our local networks.

If you are a parent or young person wanting help and more information, go to www.afasic.org.uk or ring our Helpline on 0300 666 9410.

03006 669410

Alderwood LLA - The Chestnuts

We offer residential care for young people with autism and challenging behaviour. Alderwood's aim is to provide a service in the least intrusive and most effective manner, minimising the effect of the young person's disabilities and giving them the opportunity to live as normal a life as possible.

The Chestnutsis a six bedded home and each young person has a tailor made care package to suit their needs and abilities.

01604 811838

Autism Bedfordshire

Autism Bedfordshire is a charity that provides services to individuals with autism, their families, carers and professionals across Bedfordshire. Our key purpose is to provide emotional and practical support as well as information, advice, guidance and advocacy.

The outcomes our services deliver (as evidenced by our monitoring and evaluation) are:

1. Individuals with autism and their families will feel less isolated.
2. Individuals with autism will develop confidence, self-esteem, communication, social and life skills.
3. Parents will feel less stressed and better able to cope.
4. Parents will improve their knowledge about autism and the services available.

Autism is a lifelong disability so our membership reflects this as we support both children and adults. We run countywide services for our members including:

- family support groups (L.O.A.F. - Loads of Autistic Fun)
- youth groups (Wanted Fun)
- summer activity schemes
- extended services (e.g. trampolining, golf and swim sessions)
- skills training courses for adults with autism
- social groups for adults with autism
- parent training
- autism awareness training for professions (levels 1, 2 and 3)
- a helpline service (01234 350704) with trained and experienced team members on hand to answer calls (anything from services enquiries to crisis calls).

Autism Bedfordshire’s members can access books and other resources from our library and will receive our bi-monthly newsletter giving details about our services and other groups and activities that may be of interest. We also communicate information to members and our staff through e-newsletters. We have a website that anyone can access and we are on Facebook and Twitter.

01234 350704 (Helpline) 01234 214871 (enquiries)

Bedford Mencap Playscheme

To provide a summer holiday playscheme for children with a learning disability age between 4-18yrs.

The child needs to have a statement of Special Educational Needs.

The scheme promotes holiday fun in a relaxed atmosphere, with up to 60 children in attendance every day. Activities range from swimming, sports, art, yoga, animal visits, magic shows, flower arranging, tennis, art, cooking and gymnastics.

We are open for 15 days, lots of qualified and experienced staff, with the addition of volunteers (young people) to support the children.

We can offer support for a range of needs. For children who may find a busy environment difficult, we would need to plan carefully and ensure our service can offer the right support.

01234 312240

Bedfordshire Youth Offending Service

The aim of Bedfordshire Youth Offending Service (BYOS) is to reduce offending and re-offending of young people. The Youth Offending Service is made up of representatives from the police, probation service, social services, health, education, drugs and alcohol misuse. Because the service incorporates representatives from a wide range of services, it can respond to the needs of young offenders in a comprehensive way. The Youth Offending Service identifies the needs of each young offender by assessing them with a national assessment (ASSET). This helps to identity specific problems that make the young person offend as well as measuring the risk they pose to others. This enables the YOS to identify suitable programmes to address the needs of the young person with the intention of preventing further offending.

01234 276400

Beds Garden Carers - Bridging The Gap

School Holiday Club
Covering all school holidays and all teacher training days, teenagers are able to spend time with their peers at BGC. We organise a range of activities covering morning (9a.m – 12.45p.m) , afternoon (1.15p.m – 5.00p.m) or all day sessions. Where possible we prefer the activities to be chosen by the young people.

Aimed at young people between the age of 14 and 19 who have Learning disabilities, Autism and Challenging behaviour.

01234 352899

Beds Garden Carers - Siblings Project

Welcome to Beds Garden Carers
We are a charity based in Bedford UK dedicated to providing work experience, education and independent living skills and social opportunities for adults and teenagers with learning disabilities, autism and challenging behaviour.

A forward looking organisation that works with people who have a learning disability. Giving life and work experiences and supporting people to learn, grow and develop.

Care Forum (MK) Ltd

Care Forum is a Home Support Service for Children and Young People with a Physical or Learning Disability and their families providing support either in their own homes or in the community. We provide carers with a break from the caring role and give them time for other family members.

We enable young people to participate in community activities and integrate into society, enabling them to gain independence and social skills to fulfill their potential. We offer support to families in the day to day care of their children where extra help is needed such as morning or evening routines, mealtimes, personal care and health care needs. We support children in school settings and assist with managing behaviours.

We offer overnight and weekend care in the child's own home to enable parents to sleep or take a short break away. We accompany parents on day trips if additional help is needed.

Sessions range from an hour to help with routines, 3 or 4 hours in the community to an evening sit or taking a child on holiday for a week.

01908 584136

Children's Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is a health care profession concerned with human function and movement and maximising potential.

It uses physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well-being.

In children, Chartered Physiotherapists work to combat a broad range of physical problems in particular those associated with neuromuscular, musculo-skeletal, and respiratory systems.

The paediatric physiotherapy service will offer assessment and treatment to children 0-19 years and aims to help the child achieve their full physical potential and minimise any secondary problems. These can be children with moderate or severe physical disability and/or learning disabilities or can be children with orthopaedic and musculoskeletal complaints.

Exercise, positioning, equipment provision, and 24 hour postural care are some of the approaches used.

See leaflet ‘Childrens Physiotherapy Services’ for further information.

01234 310278

Contact A Family

Contact a Family is a national charity for families with disabled children

We provide information, advice and support. We bring families together so they can support each other. We campaign to improve their circumstances, and for their right to be included and equal in society.

Please click the link to open to the Contact A Family website

0808 808 3555

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