Specific Learning Difficulties Advice Line
01442 453655 for a ‘quick queries’ advice line for schools, parents and carers
SpLD school telephone helpline
Educational Psychology Service (EPS)
If you would like to discuss an issue or query about a child or young person’s development, learning or emotional wellbeing, or if you just want to find out more about the way we work, please call.
Contact your local Educational Psychology Team for further details of local EP consultations: 01442 453 904 or 01442 453 779
Delivering Special Provision Locally (DSPL)
DSPL is a Hertfordshire-wide partnership approach where parents, carers, staff in early years settings and schools, further education colleges, local authority officers and representatives from other agencies, work together as part of an Area Group, to ensure that there is a range of provision and support services available in their local community. dspl7.org.uk
ADD-vance was set up in Hertfordshire in 1996. They provide training, advice and support for the families of children affected by ADHD and/or Autism and the professionals involved in their care.
If your child has additional needs you can register them on the Hertfordshire Additional Needs Database (HAND). This is a free service and you will be issued with a membership card. This card can be used in getting assistance in many situations. You will also receive a termly newsletter.
You can join HAND online or call 01992 556984.
Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS)
The Information Advice and Support Service provide a free, confidential and impartial service to parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and to children and young people (up to 25 years) with SEND.
Kids Hertfordshire HUBs
The HUBs offers information and support to any parent or carer of a child aged 0-19 with any disability or additional need living in Hertfordshire.
The Family Service Directory
The Families First Portal – This offers friendly, impartial information and guidance on a full range of childcare, children’s services and resources across Hertfordshire.
Space Support Group
Space is a Hertfordshire based charity supporting parent/carers of children and young people on the Autistic Spectrum, with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or a related condition.
To gain further information and knowledge of your child’s condition and to build a toolbox of strategies to use to support family life please click on the link below
Keystone is a forward-looking organisation providing a range of workshops and talks designed to give parents and carers the tools to help children reach their full potential.
St Albans Plus Schools Partnership
St Albans Plus Schools Partnership support their children, young people and families across the district. Vista St Albans is an organisation that works with children, young people and families. They provide access to emotional wellbeing and early intervention to support families through difficult times.
Families in Focus
Families in Focus provides parenting courses that support parents, grandparents and adoptive parents in their local community to bring harmony, balance and enjoyment to family life.
Vista (A Vision Of Inclusion In St Albans And Hatfield)
Vista run a range of parenting courses including some for special needs.
Speech and Language Links
The Speech and Language team have sent out links to a website which has excellent information on communication and language.
See a range of leaflets, available in 17 languages:
This leaflet is specifically about children with EAL:
Stages of development:
SALT (Speech & Language Therapy)
The Children’s Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) service offers a child and family centred approach to support children and young people with speech, language, communication, eating and drinking difficulties in Hertfordshire and West Essex.
Links is an Alternative Provision Academy, supporting pupils from 3 – 17 yrs in partnership with schools and nurseries. Their core aim is to promote integration, inclusion and education of pupils through individually focused learning programmes. They support children to know their strengths and develop both strategies to overcome difficulties and positive relationships to equip them for the future. Links’ core aim is to promote integration, inclusion and education of students/pupils through individually focused learning programmes in partnership with schools, parents/carers and other agencies.
The Autism Education Trust
The purpose the Autism Education Trust is to improve the education of children and young people with autism.
Windermere Outreach Service
Windermere Outreach Service (previously the SpLD Base) provides an outreach service to support pupils with specific learning difficulties in English and Maths, eg Dyslexia. One of ten SpLD Bases in Hertfordshire, the Windermere Base is part of HCC’s outreach provision.
The Dyscalculia Centre
The Dyscalculia Centre hase a series of books that are used by thousands of teachers, assistant teachers, parents, and friends to help people who have dyscalculia.
Directory of Parenting Courses
Hertfordshire County Council have developed a directory of parenting courses, which is available on the website at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/parentingsupport. The parenting directory lists all courses that are available to parents/carers in Hertfordshire and cover a range of topics including: • parenting a child with additional needs • healthy relationships healthy baby programme • confident fathers programme • caring dads • understanding teens. You are able to view the courses you are interested in by district, type of course and also see if there are any costs involved.
The Wellbeing Service
The Wellbeing Service is an NHS service based in Hertfordshire, offering practical support and talking therapies to adults from 16 years onwards. The service aims to support adults towards achieving better psychological health and well-being.
Family Lives is a charity to support families 24 hours a day, seven days a week through their free helpline. You can call about any family issue, big or small. You can also email or chat online with one of their parent support workers. They also run face-to-groups throughout England and work in schools, GP surgeries and prisons. Helpline – 0808 800 2222