Dragonflies is an assessment and intervention base for pupils with complex social communication difficulties including autism. Children attend either morning or afternoon sessions. Each session lasts for a period of three hours. The base class can accommodate up to eight children per session.
Dragonflies is situated within The Federation of Thomas Wall Nursery and Robin Hood Infants School.
Referral and Assessment
A referral to Dragonflies can be made on a child’s behalf by a professional currently working with the child, e.g. portage worker, speech and language therapist, early years SEN adviser. As a part of the selection process, careful consideration will be given to both the needs of the individual child and the dynamic of a cohort as a group.
ACCESS POINT is the first point of contact for the services for disabled children, young people and their families.
Tel: 020 8770 4690.
Resource Centre at Sutton Library (Extended Service & Early Years). A lending service offering a wide range of toys, educational equipment and resources to help meet the developmental needs of all children.
Tel: 020 8770 6713.
Sutton Parents Forum is run by parents of disabled children for parents of disabled children who live in the London Borough of Sutton. They aim to work alongside the Sutton Disability Partnership Board and other decision making groups as one collective voice to inform service providers of the needs of all disabled children, young people and their families in Sutton. By doing this, they aim to promote excellence in the quality, range and accessibility of service provision for all disabled children, young people and their email@example.com www.suttonparentsforum.org.uk
Parenting Befriending Group - Home-Start Sutton is a support and befriending scheme for families with at least one child under 5, who are experiencing stress or difficulties.
Tel: 020 8647 6501 www.home-start.org.uk
Early Support Parent Workshops run every term for families where there is a recent awareness of a child’s disability or additional needs (0-8years). Parent and Practitioner co-run with crèche. Tel: 0208 436 1739/1740
Parent Partnership Service
The Sutton Parent Partnership Service provides support and information for parents and carers of children with special educational needs: Tel: 020 8770 4541
Special Educational Needs Team - General information and initial enquiries about statutory assessment and statements for children with complex needs: Tel: 020 8770 6507.
Benefit Enquiry Line For information regarding Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Carer’s Allowance. Tel: 0800 882200.
The Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB). Unsure of where to start? Unsure of whether you are entitled to benefits? You may contact the Carer’s Centre or CAB do a full benefits check and both offer help to complete forms.www.citizensadvice.org.uk
Sutton’s Citizen’s Advice Bureau
Situated below Sutton Central Library, St Nicholas Way, Sutton. They are open for personal calls from 10am to 12.30pm (If you arrive early at 9.30am you are more likely to ensure being seen). (10am-12.00pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 2pm- 4pm on Thursdays). Tel: 0870 128 8070.
Contact a Family provides advices on income maximisation. Tel: 020 8640 5525.
The Continence Service provides free nappies for children over 4 years. Referrals via Health Visitor or a School Nurse. The Enuresis Service (i.e. toileting, bedwetting) can be accessed through your school nurse, via the Special Educational Needs Coordinator.
www.i-count.org An I-Count card can be used as proof of a disability and enable access to available concessions. Please ask about discounts when you are out and about and for fast track if your child has difficulties waiting.
Tel: 020 8770 8238.
Dial-a-ride, Taxicard and Sutton Community Transport, all provide assisted transport locally for people with high care needs who are unable to use public transport and their carers. Each has its own criteria and application process. You may be entitled to a buggy. Contact your health visitor or school nurse.
If you need to complete forms, etc. remember that The Carer’s Centre or The Citizen’s AdviceBureau will be able to assist you.
EarlyBird A National Autistic Society accredited 3-months parent programme combining group training sessions with individual home visits, where video feedback is used to help parents to combine theory with practice. The programme is for families of a pre-school child with a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Sutton Early Bird Team: ASD Service 0208 404 4032
Dentist Service - For children with challenging behaviour and/ or special needs and disability that means that you cannot otherwise access an NHS dentist. Referrals are via the General Practitioner or Health Visitor.Tel: 020 8700 0588.
Playwise: PlayWise Learning CIC (Community Interest Company) has been established to offer parents & carers of young disabled children & the professionals that support them with a wider range of services to help reduce the impact of disability and SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disability) and support families on their journey. PlayWise offers new, innovative and bespoke interventions for families either at home, the community hub or in their learning setting. PlayWise supports children aged 0-8 years.
PlayWise Hub, Floor 1A, Sutton Central Library, St.Nicholas Way, Sutton, SM1 1EA
(above the library cafe) Home - PlayWise Learning CIC