The British Association of Teachers of the Deaf
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Updated information resources from Early Support

The existing Early Support resources have been revised, updated and adapted for use with older children and disabled young people. They are available free to download. These information resources describe, discuss and explore either a specific condition or disability or more general information for parents, carers and young people. They were produced in response to requests from families, professional agencies and voluntary organisations for better standard information about particular conditions or disabilities and more general and reliable background knowledge resources.

The information resources are helpful when parent carers and/or young people are searching for accurate information about specific conditions/disabilities or elements of service support. They help practitioners to answer the questions parents, carers and young people are most likely to ask either at the time of diagnosis, soon after or as the child grows and matures, moving through different transition points. As with all Early Support resources, the information provided is best used as a shared resource that everyone looks at together as working relationships develop and discussion moves on.

The information resources can also be used to meet other needs. Families sometimes like to use them to explain things about their child's situation to grandparents, or friends. Early years settings, schools and colleges can use them to improve their background knowledge and understanding when they're including children with particular conditions or disabilities. It's important to remember that nobody is obliged to use the Early Support resources. Everyone who could benefit from the information resources should know about them and be helped to use them, but the guiding principle is to use them only when the family thinks they add value. They can be downloaded from the National Children’s Bureau’s website