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EHCP

What is an Education, Health & Care Plan (EHC plan or EHCP)?

The Education Health and Care Plan (E.H.C.P.) or E.H.C plan, is an exciting new system that puts you and your child at the very centre of the assessment and planning process. It is designed to make sure that your views are not only heard but also understood. This is called ‘person centred planning’ because it […]
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What can you do if your child’s application for assessment is turned down?

If you’re dealing with special needs tribunal or an assessment of special educational needs…Get advice and help here. There is a lot of free professional advice available throughout the whole of the UK. There are also a lot of advocates and solicitors that specialise in SEN. We suggest you talk about costs right at the outset. […]
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Travelling with special needs

With some kids, travelling can become a real family favourite pastime. Whether they’re obsessed with planes, Thomas the Tank Engine or going on the bus, travelling can often be just as much fun as getting there. Sometimes medication, equipment, specific food/drink, behavioural or sensory problems can make travelling with a disabled child a bit tricky. […]
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Beans Squishy Toys Pendants

Top 10 Sensory Toys that Your Kids Will Love!

Top 10 Sensory Toys From the four corners of the internet, Sky Badger has hunted out these  fabulous gems just for you. So if you have a child with autism, ADHD or if they just love shiny, squishy or fiddly things, then you’ve come to the right place! 1. Beans Squishy Toy Pendant 10/10 A […]
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Top 10 gifts for kids with autism

Top 10 Toys to help kids with autism learn and play From the four corners of the internet, Sky Badger has hunted out these  fabulous gems just for you. So if you have a child with autism and you’re looking to find gadgets and cool stuff to help them at school or play, then you’ve […]
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Top 10 Chew Toys for Kids

10 of the coolest and chewiest chew toys For lots of kids especially those with autism and other disabilities, chewing can be incredibly calming and self soothing. So if you have a child with autism, or special needs who loves to chew then you’ve come to the right place! 1. Chewigem Starter Kit – Glow […]
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Theme parks

Theme parks for Families with Disabled and SEN children

Are you looking for a discount Alton Towers Tickets? Or want to know more about Merlin Pass Offers? If you have a child with special needs, there is a lot of help if you know where to look. A family day at a theme park can be a brilliant but also a wildly stressful experience. […]
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Sports for Disabled & Autistic Children

On this page you’ll find tonnes of exciting new sports for your special needs or disabled child to try. From archery to water skiing, there is a huge range of sports that a disabled child can take part in. Whether they just want a bit of fun exercise, or have ambitions to be a future […]
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Shopping with Autism or Behavioural Problems

Shopping with or for a kid with additional needs can sometimes be traumatic. Whether you’re dealing with a full-on tantrum in the middle of the supermarket, or trying to get a wheelchair round a cute little craft shop, or finding clothes that meet your child’s very specific requirements, an activity that should be fun can […]
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Sensory Integration Activities, Sensory Toys, & Autism Apps

Sensory Integration Activities If you’re looking to find ways to engage your child more in every part of their lives, then here are some great places to start. The range of sensory activities is practically endless. You can start with some basic low cost options like Play Doh, custard powder gloop, sand or water play […]
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Self Harm

Self Harm

self harm help We know that it’s vital that you and your whole family get the right support at the right time when a child or young person is struggling with self harming.  What is Self Harm? Self-harm is when somebody injures or hurts themselves on purpose. It can be a way some people cope […]
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respite care for children with special needs

Respite and Babysitting

Respite, Babysitting, Direct Payments & Personal Budgets Everyone needs a break. Finding the right babysitter can really improve the quality of your and your child’s life. Your child needs a break from you, too. Whatever your child’s needs, there is always someone out there with the skills to help. Depending on your child’s needs, you […]
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Personal Independence Payment

What is a PIP? How is it scored? How to claim PIP How do I fill in the form? What is a P.I.P.? The Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a benefit that helps you with the extra costs of having a disability or having a long-term health conditions. It is for people aged 16 to […]
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Personal Budgets

Personal Budgets

What is a Personal Budget? Personal budgets are an amount of money given by your Local Authority to provide support that’s been identified in your child’s Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). The personal budget is used to help your child’s individual needs and help them live more independent lives. You may be able to […]
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OCD

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder & OCD Symptoms We know that it’s vital that you and your whole family get the right support at the right time when a child or young person is struggling with O.C.D. This is where you’ll find out how to find help with O.C.D. OCD Symptoms OCD, which stands for Obsessive Compulsive […]
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medical negligence

Medical Negligence

Medical negligence is when medical people fail in their duty of care to you, leading to injury or making an existing condition worse. There are a number of ways that medical negligence can happen, such as misdiagnosis, incorrect treatment or surgical mistakes. Irwin Mitchell have very kindly helped Sky Badger put these legal guides together. […]
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Make a Wish

Make a Wish Charities

Do you know a child with a serious medical condition or disability? Are looking for a Make a Wish charity to make their dreams come true? Well, You’ve come to the right place! A ‘wish making’ charity grants a wish to a seriously ill, disabled or life-limited child. This can include a huge range of conditions. The […]
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The Pursuit of Happiness

LOST IN TRANSITION – PART 15

The Pursuit of Happiness This morning as I looked in my rear view mirror, I noticed Max’s hand print in the frost. It was a freezing cold day and I left the print there for ages, reluctantly watching it melt away as I defrosted the rear window slower than was probably safe. I now have […]
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When Billie Beat Bobby

LOST IN TRANSITION – PART 14

When Billie Beat Bobby A few months ago, I had my first tennis lesson since leaving school. The lessons were a suggestion by my (in)-significant other, who may be becoming a little more significant but that’s definitely fingers in the ears time going “La, la, la” for a while at least. I needed to find […]
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Lost in Transition – part 13

As Good as It Gets 6 minutes early. Lovely. Without looking up from her screen, the receptionist, wearing a black and white sleeveless leopard print top, red rimmed glasses and the yellowest, yellow hair tied back painfully tight asks for Max’s DOB, next of kin, doctors address…all fine, “take a seat”. Still no eye contact. I hold fast stubbornly […]
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Lost in Transition – part 12

Grange Hill When I was growing up, Grange Hill was what a state comprehensive school was all about. That sausage, Zammo and Ro-LAND were my anti-heroes. Now, (a horrific 30 years later) my two strapping mini-men are both at a state Comprehensive School….but this one is different. I think a lot of it comes down […]
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Lost in Transition – Part 9

The Crying Game Between you and me I feel waves of guilt resurface when I go to Max’s medical appointments. This is odd, and I really hope I’m the only mum that feels this, but I still kind of blame myself for everything that’s gone wrong for Max. After all, my only job was to grow […]
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Lost in Transition – Part 8

The English Patient I’ve just had a lovely catch up with one of Max’s consultants. She really is lovely. It’s funny how spending time with someone that you’ve shared the very worst of times with can bring such laughter and friendship. I suppose it’s like a private member’s club that no one wants to be […]
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Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Lost in Transition – Part 7

  Much Ado About Nothing You must first understand how wildly damaged I am. I have this horrible habit of not stopping, not giving up, ever. When I was a kid I lived in London and would always run for every bus, every train. I found myself getting really anxious if I didn’t. There is […]
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Lost in Transition – Part 6

  Drowning by Numbers Recently I started internet dating. My mates got thoroughly fed up with me moping around the place and went on a bit of a crusade to find someone shiny and new for me to wake up with every so often. I would have preferred to go skydiving than go online dating […]
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Lost in Transition – Part 5

  Great Expectations Procedures. Local Authorities really like procedures. It’s a bit like that 80’s game Downfall. The cogs turned when Max started year 10 and one morning I got a call for my LA’s Transition officer. Or perhaps it was more like Mr Ben “The Transition officer suddenly appeared…” I may be showing my […]
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Lost in Transition – Part 4

  My Neighbour Totoro You may never have heard about the classic kid’s movie My Neighbour Totoro. It’s a brilliant and deeply surreal Japanese animation about a size changing rabbit type thingy and a Cat bus. I’m not really selling it but it’s quite something…. …it’s also the movie my boys put on over and […]
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Lost in Transition – Part 3

Ruthless People Max wants to be a chef…right. So what qualifications should he get? What matters? What will give him the skills and prove he has worth? This is not my area of expertise so I started by doing that crazy mum thing and went to cafes and restaurants door to door, I asked friends, […]
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Lost in Transition – Part 2

Dreamworks Paperwork, so much paperwork. Max’s annual review is scheduled in a few weeks. I’ve got to try to sort this out so everyone understands what Max wants to do, who he wants to become. Surely that has to count for something? I’d better fill you in. Max is an incredible kid, but all parents […]
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Love Actually

Lost in Transition – Part 18

  Love Actually Love is funny stuff. Max, my fabulous 16-year-old son who has autism and epilepsy has been in love with his gorgeous Italian girlfriend for 2 years now. They met at school in the Cabin, an SEN supported section of their mainstream school in Cambridge. Last year however, I had a horrid phone […]
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Max

Lost in Transition – Part 17

Broadcast News A few weeks ago, I got the extraordinary news that I was going to be awarded an OBE on the New Year’s Honours list. I was totally blown away and it nearly killed me not to be able to shout about becoming an OBE from the rooftops and jump around the house with […]
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GCSE results

LOST IN TRANSITION – PART 16

Real Genius Results day. I know I should be pleased for them. I should say “well done” to all the children of my friends that I’ve watched grow up with Max. I’m trying, promise. But the wild gushing of how incredibly bright they are, how hard they worked, how much they deserve their 15 A*s. […]
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Lost in Transition – part 11

The Man Who Came to Dinner I’ve just got back from our first family holiday with my boys and my newly (in)significant other ‘Bob’. I wasn’t going to share this because I thought it might be a little close to home but seeing as divorce rates for parents of disabled children is through the roof […]
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Lost in Transition – part 10

Rear Window It had been decided by the great and the good that the only way Bob’s Community College could decide if they could offer him a place was to observe him for a whole day in his natural habitat at school. The day was set for a Tuesday so Mrs. Bob from the College could […]
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Max

Lost in Transition – Part 1

Like a slab of cement, transition descended one cloudy afternoon in the school foyer. It started with...
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Information about you…GDPR

What is the GDPR? The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and was designed to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens data privacy and to reshape the way organizations across the region approach data privacy. Under the GDPR, the data protection principles […]
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insurance

Getting Holiday Insurance

Autism, pre-existing Conditions and Special needs insurance Most standard holiday company insurance policies will not cover pre-existing medical conditions, but there are specialist insurance companies that will do so. Before you get travel insurance you should get written permission from your doctor to travel. Always disclose any pre-existing medical conditions to your insurance company or […]
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CEA card and Autism friendly cinema

Free Tickets (CEA Card) & Autism Friendly Cinemas

Would you like free cinema tickets every time you take the family to the pictures? Or perhaps you’re looking for a cinema screening that is autism friendly? Then you’ve come to the right place! The Cinema Exhibitors’ Association Card (CEA Card) The Cinema Exhibitors’ Association Card is a cinema card for disabled children over the […]
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Extra help… In and out of the classroom

If you’re looking for extra help for a child with SEN, Dyslexia, or on the autistic spectrum you have come to the right place! What are Special Educational Needs (SEN)? Your child has Special Educational Needs if they have a difficulty or disability which makes learning harder for them than for other kids their age. […]
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Eating disorders

Eating Disorders

What is an eating disorder? An eating disorder is when someone has an unhealthy attitude towards food. That can mean eating too little or too much. Someone with an eating disorder can also become obsessed with weight and body shape. Eating disorders can make them ill and take over their lives. Everyone can develop an […]
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DLA Form

DLA Form – A Step by Step Guide

Welcome to the very best guide to filling In your child’s Disability Living Allowance (DLA) form The DLA claim form is huge and it can seem daunting at first glance. But don’t panic. Take your time, use this guide and  you should be able to complete it without too much trouble. We know that its […]
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Disabled Holidays in the UK

Are you looking for your perfect family holiday in the UK? Do you have a child with special needs, a disability or autism? Well panic no more because Sky Badger has found you the very best Disabled Holidays UK! Fab UK Holidays for Families with Disabled Children At Sky Badger, we know that it’s important […]
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Disabled Child Tax Credits

On this page you’ll find tonnes of information about the extra amount you should be getting if your child is disabled and you get child tax credits.  This is not an automatic payment, so you must let the Child Tax Office know if you think you’re eligible. Don’t forget to check out our other Sky Badger pages to find […]
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Disabled Bills

Disabled bills & Council Tax Discounts HELP WITH YOUR BILLS Having a child with additional needs can add to the costs to running your home and also reduce your income because of your caring responsibilities. Thats why there are lots of support systems in place to help level the playing field and help you support […]
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Disability Rights

DISABILITY RIGHTS FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES This is where you’ll find out about disability rights and disability laws supporting disabled and SEN children and their families in the UK. So if you have a child with special educational needs or a disability, you’ve come to the right place! This is where you’ll find out about […]
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DLA

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for Children

On this page you’ll find tonnes of information about the Disability Living Allowance for children under 16 (DLA). Don’t forget to check out our other Sky Badger pages to find out about other benefits for disabled children as well as grants, respite care and much more. Quick Links If you want to jump straight to […]
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Direct payments

If you or someone you care for get help from social services, then you can apply for direct payments. These extra payments let you choose and buy the services you need yourself, instead of getting them from your council. So, if you use a trained babysitter or ‘respite carer’ to babysit or do days out […]
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children's mental health

Children’s Mental Health

If you are looking for help for a child, teen or student with mental health issues, then you’ve come to the right place. This is where you’ll find tonnes of organisations with information, advice and support for children’s mental health.  Finding Help for Child & Teen Mental Health We know that it’s vital that you […]
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carers allowance

Carers Allowance

On this page you’ll find tonnes of information about Carer’s Allowance. What is Carer’s Allowance, How much is Carer’s Allowance, find out if you’re eligible and how to apply. You can also find out about Carer’s Credit so your NI payments stay up to date. Don’t forget to check out our other Sky Badger pages to find […]
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Autism

What is Autism? As the old saying goes, “when you meet one child with Autism, you’ve just met one child with Autism.” There are about 100,000 children in the UK who are on the autistic spectrum. Each child is different. But in general terms your child might have problems relating to other people or find […]
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Art, Music, Drama & Dance for Disabled, Autistic & SEN Kids

Art Music Drama Dance   The arts offer a huge range of ways for your child to express his or herself and boost their self-confidence.  From arts residential weekends for children with cancer and their siblings, to multi-sensory theatre productions for children with multiple learning disabilities, you’ll find dozens of opportunities in these pages. So […]
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All you need to know about the Blue Badge Scheme

A Blue Badge allows you to park in lots more places and for more time than most drivers. This is because the Blue Badge is there to help people who either have trouble getting about or have medical conditions that make having a car nearby vital. Am I Eligible? If you have a disability or […]
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