If you are concerned about your child's health or development please click on the links below. These will give you helpful advice to help you manage their needs and enhance their skills.
General advice for helping you make the best choices for your health and wellbeing, plus information on a wide range of conditions.
Advice about early child development.
The BBC have developed this website called Tiny Happy People, to help you develop your child's skills. Explore their simple activities, videos and play ideas and find out about your child's early development.
Tiny Happy People is supported by a range of famous people.
A really useful website providing a lot of information about healthy eating, useful recipes, activities in your local area to get involved in, getting children active and lots more.
The Local Offer provides information for children and young people with special educational needs (SEND) and their parents or carers in a single place. It shows families what they can expect from a range of local agencies including education, health and social care.
Click on the image to be taken to the website.
Local Support for Carers
Lancashire County Council (Lancashire wide)
If you care for a disabled child under 18 years old you can apply for a Parent Carer Needs Assessment, also known as Children's Act Assessment. If your child is being assessed for an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan, then both should be done at the same time. It is usually completed by a Social Worker. Please click the link on the left for more information.
Click the link to the left to find a wide range of information for carers who are supporting a young person who is preparing to enter adulthood and adult services.
If you are an unpaid carer of someone over the age of 18 you can request your own Carers Assessment- please click on the link to the left to find out more. It may also be the best way to meet your needs as a carer is to provide care and support directly to the person you care for eg by providing replacement care to allow you to take a break. To do this the person neeing care will need to agree to an assessment from Adult Social Care
Blackburn with Darwen
Social oppertunities for children and young people up to 25 years old with a disability living within Blackburn and Darwen. Please click the link on the left to find out more.
Support, information and advice for family members or friends supporting a loved one in a caring capacity within Blackburn or Darwen. Please click on the link to the left for more information.
Our Children's Occupational Therapy Service
An Occupational Therapist may help your child if they are struggling with any of these activities:
Going to the toilet
Having a bath or a shower
Fine motor activities
Eating and drinking
Please see the 'How You Can Help Your Child' pages of the website for further information and advice.
Organisations & Charities
These websites may also be of use to you if your child has specific needs or conditions, please click on the links below.
The Dyspraxia Foundation is a countrywide charity, founded in 1987 as the Dyspraxia Trust by two mothers who met at Great Ormond Street Hospital for sick children. After being told that their children had dyspraxia they were astonished and dismayed to discover that no facilities existed to help or inform parents and children with the condition. They decided to form their own group to help others to help themselves. The website provides lots of practical information on the condition.
Provides help and advice across the spectrum of problems seen in the ‘heritable disorders of connective tissue’ – joint hypermobility syndrome, Ehlers Danlos, Marfan syndrome, Stickler Syndrome and Osteogenesis Imperfecta.
This website provides information on Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, what it is, how it’s managed and living with the condition.
This website will support you to find answers to questions that are often asked about Down’s Syndrome. This information will help you to separate the facts from some common misconceptions. If you do not find what you are looking for you can ring their helpline and speak to one of their specialist advisors.
The National Autistic Society (NAS) is a British charity for people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD), including Autism and Asperger Syndrome. The purpose of the organisation is to improve the lives of people with Autism in the United Kingdom.
Supported Sessions for Children & Young People with Disabilities and Additional Needs. Twinkle House Provides a FREE sensory-based personalised support service for children and young people 0-19 with Disabilities and Additional Needs living in West Lancashire and neighbouring areas. Twinkle House has a Specialist Resource Library on site with a wide variety of resources, books, guides and aids that can be accessed by becoming a member. Our Library provides a great opportunity for families and services to try resources before buying them
HemiHelp is a UK based charity for people with hemiplegia and their families. The website has lots of useful information for people with this condition.
Using knowledge from research, clinical experience and teaching (www.cpteaching.com), the CPtoys™ app provides individually tailored treatment programmes by matching developmentally appropriate toys to specific upper limb treatment goals. CPtoys™ understands that toys are an essential part of upper limb therapy programmes.
CHASA is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and families living with
hemiplegia, hemiparesis, or hemiplegic cerebral palsy
This website provides information about Cerebral Palsy.
Charity for children with neurological problems. Details of projects, jobs available and how to volunteer. Support network for parents and a collection of links
This website provides information and support to those and campaign to improve the quality of life of people who live with a muscle wasting condition
Lifehouse is a new approach to providing services for disabled and older people in Liverpool
Disabled Living is a Manchester based charity which provides impartial information about equipment (assistive technology) and services for disabled children and adults and the poeple who support them. Disabled Living offer a wide range of services to support independent living, make life easier and improve quality of life.
A service provides help and advice, for short term wheelchairs loans in your local area. They also run first aid courses.
Whizz Kidz help to transform the lives of disabled children by providing the vital equipment, support and life skills they need to reach their full potential. As well as providing mobility equipment, at Whizz-Kidz we run a whole range of other services for young wheelchair users, completely free of charge.
Cash for Kids is the official charity of Rock FM and provides a helping hand to disabled and disadvantaged children across Lancashire. All the money is raised locally and spent locally and goes to children and young people under 18 throughout the region, with mental, physical or sensory disabilities, with behavioural or psychological disorders, living in poverty or situations of deprivation, suffering through distress, abuse or neglect.
Newlife is the UK's largest charity funder of children's specialist disability equipment. Newlife Nurses support thousands of families, campaigning for policy change and funding targeted medical research, to improve child health.
Family Fund is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people.