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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.
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.
Meldreth Manor supports children and young people age 6-18 years who have complex learning difficulties and is one of the few schools in the country that is also able to support complex health needs and associated difficulties. These may be as a result of conditions such as cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury, degenerative conditions or autism requiring a specialist approach.
Young people may have multiple disabilities, including sensory and physical impairments and benefit from specialist facilities designed to meet their needs. The highly skilled team of teaching, care and clinical staff take a holistic approach that considers physical, emotional, social, sensory and educational needs within a waking day curriculum.
The support provided enables each young person to engage and progress at their own level within a living and learning environment that is all about enriching individual lives and helping everyone to achieve their full potential as they reach adulthood.
Our aim is quite simple, to empower young people to grow in their own unique and inspiring way.
Orchard Manor offers a supportive living and learning environment for young adults who have complex learning difficulties and is one of the few services in the country that is also able to support those with complex health needs and associated difficulties. These may be as a result of conditions such as cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury, degenerative conditions or autism requiring a specialist approach.
The young people may have multiple disabilities, including sensory and physical impairments and benefit from specialist facilities designed to meet their needs.
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.
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.
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.
Holiday clubs are held at Unit 5 Britannia Estate, Leagrave Road, Luton, Beds , LU3 1RJ. Holiday clubs are a lifeline to families and offer practical support, a range of creative, stimulating and FUN activities for children and young people within a safe non-judgmental environment. Activities include: play equipment and sensory equipment, plus IT and games equipment, workshops, messy play, drama and music, reptile shows and lots of other FUN activities.
The Link Project helping young people with a disability or learning need/s to access peer friendship by take part in activities in their communities. Once a month two volunteers will take the young person out accessing transport and learning everyday life skills while having fun.
FUNlands Youth Club is held on a Monday night term time only at Unit 5, Britannia Estate, Leagrave Road, Luton, Beds , LU3 1RJ. FUNlands runs 6.30pm till 8.30 pm for young people aged 10 - 17 years old with additional needs/disabilities.
FUN Young Adult Club
FUN young adult for 18 – 25 years old on Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm – 8.30pm for young adults with additional needs (term time only). This is a safe environment for Young adults with learning disabilities to meet, socialise and take part in activities with their friends.
Saturday Club is a full short break service offering young people with disabilities aged 10 – 25 years 1:1 support whilst accessing on and off site activities. Off site activities are local, such as swimming, bowling, cinema, picnics, sports etc. For more details please check the website: www.familiesunitednetwork.org.uk or call the office on 01582 420800.
Keech Swim - FUN hires Keech Hospice Hydrotherapy pool fortnightly offering families a swim session for those that need the sensory and stimulation of lights and the warmer water.
Hart Hill Adventure Playground - FUN exclusively hires Hart Hill Adventure Playground in partnership with Autism Beds and Fab Friendz. These sessions are a great activity for families.
Foxgloves is a specialist children’s home that is registered by Ofsted. We offer overnight short breaks to children and young people aged between 8 and 18 with autism, learning difficulties and/or challenging behaviour. The eligibility criteria can be seen on our web page.
The service enables families and carers to have a break, gives children the opportunity to make new friends, have fun and participate in leisure activities. It also enables children to promote their independence and social skills by being away from home and socialising with other adults and other young people.
At Foxgloves we support the young people using autism specific supports and communication systems and all of our staff are trained in these supports.
All of the young people will be allocated a Key worker to plan and support them during their stays with us and work closely with parents/carers.
We offer a range of activities and experiences for the young people and these are planned depending on the young people that are staying with us. Some regular activities include swimming, cinema, bowling, visiting cafes, shopping, parks. We also offer day trips to zoos, seaside etc and welcome any suggestions for these form the young people of their parents/carers.
Foxgloves is large house and we can provide a lot of activities on site. We have 2 lounges, a dining room that doubles up as a craft room, a sensory room, 2 computer rooms, a main kitchen and a smaller one where young people can be supported to develop their skills to prepare meals and to cook.
We have a lovely large garden with lots of play equipment, trampoline, climbing frame, swings, slides as well as bicycles, tricycles and go-karts. There is also a large patio area to sit outside for meals or to relax.
Foxgloves also has a self contained annexe where we can work with young people to help them develop their independence skills ready for moving into adult life.
Our sister unit, Sunflower House provides the same service for children with physical, sensory and learning difficulties.
We provide youth clubs for young people with additional needs on a Saturday morning for them to come along and meet friends in a safe and fun environment. This gives parents an opportunity for some respite, knowing their young person is being supported and well cared for and having fun with their peers. We encourage young people to learn new skills and have new experiences which in turn builds their confidence, self esteem and promotes participation and independence. We ask the young people for their ideas and input for our sessions and activities to ensure we are meeting their needs and expectations.
We have two groups: kids group for ages 11-12 and youth group for ages 13-17 years (we can continue to support young people at the youth group when they reach 17)
Activities that we offer are varied and include centre based activities such as arts and crafts, cooking, games, street dancing, soft play and we also have a tv/dvd/wii and games. We also run trips to the local cinema, the pottery kiln, local museums and events taking place in Bedford. Subject to funding we have recently been able to run trips to the Pantomime in Milton Keynes, Woburn Abbey, Cadburys World and Gullivers World, places that the young people may not have been previously able to access.