In this section, you will find support services for challenging behaviour and overcoming communication barriers.



Supports and provides information for families with children and young adults who have Speech Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) with a focus on Developmental Language Disorder (DLD).

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Resources for Autism 

Resources for Autism provide a free specialist behaviour support service. They can help look at positive ways of managing difficulties in areas such as toileting, sleep, eating difficulties, transitions, sexualised behaviour and anger. Can only offer home visits to residents in London.

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The Challenging Behaviour Foundation

UK Charity focused on the needs of people with severe learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges, and their families.

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The PDA Society

Provides wide range of information and resources on Pathological Demand Avoidance.

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Makaton is a widely used tool to aid communication it uses a combination of gestures, signs and symbols to help aid communication with those who find this difficult.

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Visual supports can be used to support and develop a conversation with an individual with Autism. The PECS system relies on the exchange of pictures to develop language and social skills, more information can be found on their website.

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Opening Doors

Produce communication cards to aid those who present a difficulty in communicating their immediate needs, wants or concerns.

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Parents Aid

Provide Anger and Aggression Management training delivered one-to-one or in a group. It is designed to help you understand and deal positively with your anger, which may currently be causing problems in your life. 

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EsSENtial Consultancy

Provides a range of family support services including training for parents as well as one to one support for your child, helping them to manage their emotions or anxiety, support with social skills, communication, behaviour, use of visuals in the home or assessments.

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NHS Pre-school Speech and Language Therapy

Provide pre-school drop in services in Colchester and Tendring for children with delayed/disordered speech and language skills. For more severe speech and language difficulties you can refer to their standard service.

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Safe in Essex 

Safe in Essex supports young people aged 8-19 who are engaging in low-level risky behaviour. We can help with anger management, healthy relationships, online safety and more.

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The Power Project 

Offers direct support to children and young people aged 8-13 and their parents or carers to help them develop ways of coping with challenging situations at home, at school and in their local communities. Helps those who are struggling to engage at school, attending irregularly or truanting internally and will have had contact with or be known to the police (perhaps as a victim).

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To The Moon and Back

A local sensory needs toy shop in Barleylands Farm, Billericay. The shop is completely ASD friendly and you can also buy their sensory toys online via their website. 

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Learning Logistics

Learning Logistics is a confidential and personalised psychological service for children and adults in Suffolk. They specialise in the assessment of educational and behavioural difficulties, including consultation and advice.

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