Those of us on the Da Vinci team that are specialist teachers and assessors are often approached by parents who are very concerned about a child with SEN (Special Educational Needs). It may be that they are not sure what they are entitled to, that they are struggling to communicate effectively with the school or that they simply need some advice about where to go next.
IASK (Information, Advice and Support Kent) is an organisation set up purely to offer support and advice about SEN and disabilities. This is a confidential service and acts independently to Kent County Council. Part of their service includes helping parents to make informed decisions, planning communication in meetings or in a letter, providing support by attending meetings with parents, completing paperwork and through training and workshops.
IASK offer drop-in sessions where parents can ask any questions they may have in relation to SEN or disabilities. The next sessions locally are below:
Wednesday 25th October, 1pm-2:30pm, Little Foxes Children’s Centre, Long Mead Community Primary School, TN10 3JU
Tuesday 21st November, 1pm-3pm, The Sunrise Children’s Centre, London Road, Southborough, TN4 0RJ
They also offer a helpline that is open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, and an email address. All contact details are below: