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WE ALL HAVE CHILDREN WITH SEND AND ARE COMMITTED TO HELPING PARENTS AND CARERS HAVE INPUT, INTO THE SERVICES THAT OUR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE NEED.

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Philomena

I have a daughter, who has an ASD diagnosis and attends mainstream school. I have attended multiple training and information sessions that have built my knowledge over time.I feel it is important to represent my child’s journey and experience wherever possible especially as I feel we a minority group even amongst SEND circles. Almost all advice and strategies I have come across are targeted toward boys and so never quite fits us and I want to change this in the future.

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Samantha

I have two children aged 7 and 4 years old and my eldest child has ADHD and sensory processing difficulties. Having a child diagnosed with SEND is not easy and I want to make the journey that SEND families in Southend go through smoother and simpler. I will do all that I can to try and help our families access the vital information and support they need.

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Jo

Hi! I’m Jo a mum to a wonderful little PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) Autistic boy, who is also ADHD and has Global Development Delay. I am also a PDA Autistic with ADHD which helps as it gives me a first-person perspective on the strengths and struggles of PDAers and Autistics. I have been an advocate for both PDAers and Autistics for over a year, writing articles for magazines, Neuroclastic, and I have worked with many other great advocates in both the PDA and Autistic communities. In my role I intend to reach out to different services in the area (GPs, nurses, schools, emergency services, therapists, etc.) to offer training in how best to support, understand, and accept SEND children (up to the age of 25).  I will also be arranging affordable training for parents and carers in the future.

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Nicky

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I have a 6 year old daughter and a son who is 8. My son has very complex needs including Attachment Disorder and Trauma. It is imperative that we grow the voice of this forum to cover not only the most represented families but those that are in a minority. It has been a minefield trying to navigate the SEND system and understand what we can access and what support is available. I want to change this for all SEND families.