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West Cluster Children Centres

Dear Children's Centre familiesIn light of recent Government advice regarding COVID-19 our Children's centres will be closed from today until further notice.We will be uploading regular updates, activities, tips and fun ideas for you to try at home with your children.Many thanksThe Reading Children’s centre…

What are shared lives schemes?

‘Shared lives’ schemes are designed to support adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems, or other support needs. In shared lives, an adult with care needs is matched with an approved ‘shared lives carer’; the adult and the shared lives carer will share family and…

What is Autism?

What is autism? Autism is a complex developmental condition that typically appears during the first three or four years of a child's life, (girls are being diagnosed more frequently now as there is more knowledge about how autism effects girls). Autism impacts on the areas of…

What is Down's Syndrome?

What is Downs Syndrome? Down's syndrome, is a genetic condition that typically causes some level of learning disability and a characteristic range of physical features. Most babies born with Down's syndrome are diagnosed with the condition after birth and are likely to have: reduced muscle tone…

What is Dyslexia?

What is dyslexia? The word 'dyslexia' comes from the Greek language and means 'difficulty with words'. It is a difference in the area of the brain that deals with language and affects the underlying skills that are needed for learning to read, write and spell.…

What is Sensory Impairment

What is sensory impairment?   Sensory impairment is when one of your senses; sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste and spatial awareness, is no longer normal.  Examples - If you wear glasses you have a sight impairment , if you find it hard to hear or have…

What is the Local Offer?

Reading's Local Offer gives children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities and their families information about what support and services are available in the local area.  It will help parents, carers and young people to see clearly the range of services, support and…

What is the Role of a SENCo

What is the role of a SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) A SENCo is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the school's SEN policy. All mainstream schools must appoint a teacher to be their SENCo. The SENCo will co-ordinate additional support for pupils with SEN…

What is Vision Impairment?

What is Vision Impairment? Many people have some type of visual problem at some point in their lives. Some can no longer see objects far away. Others have problems reading small print. These types of conditions are often easily treated with eyeglasses or contact lenses.…

Winter Wellness Campaign 2020-21 - Talkback

Watch this short video from Sue at Talkback. Sue is telling us what is Talkback and what are the services they offer to support those with autism or with a learning disability, their families and carers. Sue is also explaining how Talkback has been helping…