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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…

Young People & Mental Health

The emotional wellbeing of children and young people is just as important as their physical health. Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults. Please see below,…

Young Person Friendly Coronavirus Support

Introduction This page is a one-stop-shop for young people in Reading to access up to date information and support during the Coronavirus outbreak and government lockdown. It’s important to ensure that you keep up to date with all the changes that the government are advising…