The Early Support resources have been revised, updated and adapted for use with older children and disabled young people. They are available to download for free.
The Early Support information resources describe, discuss and explore either a specific condition/disability or more general information that parent carers and young people have told us they would find useful to know.
The resources 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.
Using the information 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.
The resources help practitioners to answer the questions parent 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.
However, 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.
You can download the updated, extended and revised versions of a wide range of information resources here:
Information Resource: Behaviour
Information Resource: Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Information Resource: If your child has a rare condition
Information Resource: Childcare
Information Resource: People you may meet
Information Resource: Useful contacts
Information Resource: General information
Information Resource: Living without a diagnosis
Information Resource: Multi-sensory impairments
Information Resource: Neurological Disorders Part One
Information Resource: Neurological Disorders Part Two
Information Resource: Neurological Disorders Part Three
Information Resource: Speech, language and communication needs
Information Resource: Sleep
Information Resource: Visual Impairment Part One
Information Resource: Visual Impairment Part Two
Information Resource: Visual Impairment Part Three
Information Resource: Visual Impairment Part Four
Information Resource: Deafness and hearing loss
Information Resource: Looking after yourself as a parent
Information Resource: Cerebral Palsy
Information Resource: Learning disabilities
Information Resource: Down Syndrome
Note that the current resources are all downloads. Additional versions of all of these resources are available in web-based versions.