LPCF Top Tips.


Every parent carer of a child with SEND probably has a little top tip for other parents.
As we meet we share them over coffee or at gatherings, but LPCF got to thinking how do we share tips to a wider audience of parents?

And so was born - LPCF's Top Tips which can just be read through at random or filtered by category to ease searching


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Humour goes a long way to helping during a meltdown especially in younger children. I have some flatulent animal videos saved to my phone to use as and when required as part of my toolkit for dealing with my asd 6 year old daughters meltdowns

When asking a child to do something use the words first and then.... first brush your teeth then you can have the t.v on

When asking a child to come to tea or other meal, get changed etc Count to ten SLOWLY and then repeat + no reply Reasoning - Takes time for some children to process simple commands.

Keep a “diary”(large pages suggested) Record appointments, who, where, when, subject Write down who you saw, the discussion, facts. Make sure to record any agreements and outcomes

People with some disabilities are entitled to a reduction in Council tax bands, eg wheelchair users. Check out with your local District Council (Not LCC)

Problems with things slipping around on tables and surfaces Need some extra stickiness to help Dycem - comes in sheets and is a real help

Use Countdowns like 5,4,3,2,1 to help finish activities. You can also use timers on a phone or a whistle etc

At bedtime routine, quiet time, reading, quiet music, IT OFF, dim the lighting. Relax....

Dress up for meetings and look like a professional. You'd be amazed at the difference in attitudes from others. Also take a folder, pen and notepad. Looks like you mean business.

To assist males “aim” when urinating - USE TARGETS Place a ping pong ball in the toilet bowl. Use stickers on wall of urinals.

For children with incontinence problems or period problems - purchase Diarydoll Knickers They are on line and look like “normal” knickers. Good if your child is a teenager.

If your child has toilet issues. Buy a RADAR Key for the specialist toilets. (Disability rights UK or Councils) You will need proof of needs but it is well worth the effort to have your own specially adapted toilet space.

Have children's games and videos on phones and tablets when you go out. You never know when you might want to distract your child whilst you deal with something.

When meeting professionals etc BE PREPARED Dates, Documents, Summary issues, Key points to discuss with the person and most importantly be clear about your desired outcomes and options. Also read up about your rights.

ESSENTIAL - Make some time for yourself. If you don't care for the carer,eventually you will burn out. Do a hobby, join a class, but most important do something for YOU.

Actual photos of a sequence to practice skills stuck to a whiteboard or wall can help a child follow a pattern of skills to achieve a goal.

Take some form of entertainment with you and your child when waiting for appointments. Waiting times pass much quicker and with less issues.

Backchain a new skill with your child. For example - putting on and fastening a coat. Begin by doing it all except last bit until that can be achieved. Then progress to leaving last two steps and so on.

Children and young people with special needs can get a free bus pass - BONUS !!! Some restrictions apply - see LCC website

Bubbles and Feather can help calm. Also a ball pool can help to calm and ground a child.

When teaching children to butter bread. If they have difficulties - either Butter the bread frozen or part frozen Try Kings mill rolls (ready cut bread rolls). They provide a firmer surface to work with. Dairylea is good for spreading! AND Make sure the spread is softened for ease of spreading

We found it very useful to keep doors either wide open or closed shut. Walking into the edges of doors is a painful experience - it hurts !!!