Epilepsy

 The epilepsies are a group of conditions caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain, which gives rise to epileptic seizures. These can be of different types. Some common ones are: • Absences: staring into space, not able to be distracted, may be...

Talk About Sex

 In this series of short films Jillian Allan and Rachel Rudd who are both parents of children and young people with learning disability have a conversation about the anxieties parents are likely to experience as their children grown up and become interested in sex....

Sleep

Getting a child to sleep can be a very stressful and testing time, here is some advice that may help make it easier for you. Setting the scene – A Calm Bedroom Calming • Pale neutral colours on the walls • Black out Blinds/Black out curtains • Comfortable bed – no...

Sensory Issues

Some children and young people with learning disabilities and/or autism experience sensory sensitivities.​ Please see below a webinar by Claire Stirland a Sensory Integration Therapist and Occupational Therapist giving you a toolbox of ideas to help support families...

Respiratory Illness

 For children and young people with learning disabilities, respiratory illness (trouble with airways and/or breathing) is the commonest cause of: Visits to the GP Visits to the Emergency Department Hospital admissions Admissions to intensive care Best first step is...

Flu Immunisation

 The children’s flu vaccine is offered as a yearly nasal spray to young children to help protect them against flu. Flu can be a very unpleasant illness for children, with potentially serious complications, including bronchitis and pneumonia. At what age should...