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Parents have written some quotes for our SEN page – this is what they have had to say:-

The quotes are:


About Supporting children and families of pupils with SEN

"My child's transition from nursery to foundation was fully supported, using visuals and he has been supported from his very first day."

"The whole team are friendly and approachable, nothing is too much trouble and they are willing to explore every possible avenue."


Quotations about the Parent Support Group:

"The Parent Support Group meetings are a great idea. A chance to meet other parents, SENCo and other agencies for help along our children's journeys."

"The meetings for parents are fantastic, the help and advice from other parents is reassuring, you know that you are not alone - or going mad!"

"Mrs Burns provides a parent support group which offers advice and information. We can listen and share our problems without feeling judged."

"The support in this group is great, we meet regularly and really look after each other."

PIAS December 2020 Newsletter

Smile with PIAS


Youth Voices for Change: Under 18 Online Event with Luke
Luke Pollard MP invites under 18s to the next in his series of Zoom calls entitled ‘Youth Voices for Change’ – an informal discussion that will be held remotely and hosted by Luke, but led by you. In these sessions Luke hopes to understand the issues facing the youth during coronavirus and come up with potential solutions.

This event will be for under 18s in or from Plymouth, who have issues or suggestions they would like to share with their peers and with Luke. We will also have Councillor Jemima Laing, the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, on the call for safeguarding purposes.

Luke understands that the pandemic has impacted young people enormously; from mental health, employment opportunities, accessing support, and school and university grading and experiences. Luke wants to meet to give young people the opportunity to share their views and learn from and engage with each other. He is also keen to know how he might be able to help through his work in the city and in Parliament.

Under 18s Youth Voices for Change will be taking place on 25 November from 5.30pm – 6.30pm.

Please register in advance for this meeting via this Zoom link:


PIAS Newsletter October 2020

Time For You

PIAS - Newsletter July 2020

PIASS - December Newsletter

Plymouth Argyle

SEN Information Report 2018

Dani-Mation at Plymouth University:


Please find attached a flyer for upcoming workshop opportunities for pupils from the age of 10 upwards (there is a charge).  Dani-Mation is a company run by autistic people for autistic people, helping pupils develop their talents in computer, art and IT animation and related competencies, through certificated short course summer camps and workshops.

The Local Offer Events for Parents

January & February Sessions at Routeways

Plymouth Information, Advice and Support For Send - Newsletter December 2018

Plymouth Information, Advice and Support For Send - Newsletter

Autism awareness courses available to access on line


Please find below information available that will support learning and awareness around people with autism. The courses are free.



MindEd – Autism & Related Problems

MindEd is a free online e-learning resource for everyone with a duty of care for children and young people, whether this be through their work or outside it in a voluntary or charitable capacity. MindEd is developed and supported by a group of multi-disciplinary organisations, known as the consortium. Its members are: the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health; the Royal College of Psychiatrists; the Royal College of Nursing; the Royal College of General Practitioners; the British Psychological Society; the National Children’s Bureau and YoungMinds.


Autism and Related Problems -

Complex Neurodevelopmental Problems -

Behavioural Management in Special Education Needs -

Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder -

Supporting Autism Spectrum Disorder -

Autistic Spectrum Matters -

Mild to Severe Learning Disability -

Hidden Disabilities Matter -

Autism: Combining Therapies and Collaborative Treatment -

Neurodevelopmental Disorders (CT): Families and Professionals -

Autistic Spectrum Issues -

Advice from Child Development Centre


We have listed below some potential sources of information you may find helpful.  We know that a diagnosis can help us to understand why a young person may present with certain challenges. However, there are strategies and solutions which can be put in place regardless of diagnosis.


  • The National Autistic Society has a log of helpful information on their website relating to issues such as behaviour, sleep and diet.  We know that these strategies can be helpful for a lot of young people not just those who have an autism diagnosis.                   
  • Contact a Family also have a range of useful tips on their website, including information for siblings and grandparents.                                                                
  • There are a number of books which provide helpful strategies for parents when addressing challenges with behaviour and other difficulties.  While some of these may be targeted towards young people with autism or other developmental conditions, we know that they can be helpful in many other circumstances. - Managing Family Meltdowns: the Low Arousal Approach and Autism - Linda Woodcock and Andrea Page - What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety - Dawn Huebner     
  • Making Sense of Sensory Behaviour is a factsheet produced by Falkirk Council which contains a range of information about how best to address issues which appear to be sensory in origin.                                                                        

Some additional helpful hints:

  • When communicating with your child you should do so clearly with an even tone and normal volume, using simple language.  Verbal communication will be most effective if you stand in front of your child where they can clearly see you.  Only one person should communicate with a child at a time. 
  • As far as possible we should focus on telling a child what we would like to see or what is going to happen, rather than telling them what is going to stop.
  • When a child is displaying difficult behaviours we should minimise our interactions with them and, if safe, leave the situation.  Any communication should come from one person, and should be clear and simple; you should avoid getting in to a conversation or argument.
  • It is important that we reward and praise a child when they show positive behaviour.  This may start with benefit from clear, immediate rewards.  Often praise and reinforcement can be enough, but you can also use tangible items.  Over time rewards can be worked towards by collecting tokens/stickers - the reward item should be clearly identified, and the time frame discussed with the young person.
  • It is helpful to use pictures or photos to help show a child what is going to happen.  For example, we can show them photos of a new activity or environment.  We can also use pictures to help make choices or show them their schedule for the day.


Girls and Autism - Flying Under The Radar

Autism Friendly Games Night

Support Groups for young people with the Autism Spectrum