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Events and Support for Parents

We believe it is really important that parents feel supported and have regular opportunities to talk to the SEN team about their child and SEN provision at Fleetdown. Each half term, we hold our SEN Parent forum and coffee afternoons for parents of children with SEN. There will often be guest speakers joining us to offer advice and answer questions, as well as an opportunity for tea, coffee and biscuits and a chat. The Ark SEN team will also be in attendance to answer any questions or queries you may have. Everyone is welcome to come to these coffee afternoons (but please let us know if you are attending so that we can accommodate numbers). In addition, there will sometimes be training opportunities and courses for parents run at Fleetdown, which we welcome all parents to attend as well. This page with also be regularly updated with external events, such as those run by BEAM or Ifield Smile Centre.


Upcoming parent forums at Fleetdown:


The next parent forum will take place on Tuesday 27th June at 2pm. We will be sharing tips on supporting your child during the summer holiday and also holding an end of year celebration raffle. 



Upcoming events (please see further information below):


Ifield Smile Centre ASD Parent Support Group Wednesday 12th July 2017 'Understanding and Manging your Child's Anger' 


Crossing the Divide: Helping your child with Autism make a positive transition to secondary school this September (free workshop) Thursday 15th June 7pm-8:30pm at Wilmington Memorial Hall, High Road


Imagining Autism: A practice based programme of participatory performance using drama and play based methods as an intervention for Autism, Wednesday 21st June 6:45pm-8:45pm at Stone St Mary School, DA9 1EF


Helen Allison School Autism Parent/ Carer Support Group, IASK will be attending, 10am Friday 23rd June at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Windmill Street, Gravesend


Understanding and supporting children and adults on the Autism Spectrum (KCC one day workshop) 13th & 14th July 2017, University of Kent, Canterbury. FREE event.


Beams Mad Hatter's Tea Party 27th July at Allsworth Court, Hextable



Further support (please see further information below):


Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Information for families in Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley booklet


List of books available to loan from Helen Allison Community Library


Beams is a local charity which provides support for children with disabilities and their families. They run parent support groups and a Fathers' club to provide support and guidance for fathers and grandfathers of children with Autism. Please visit the Beams website for further information about the support they offer, upcoming events and training opportunities for parents http://wearebeams.org.uk/ Also, please see information about the parent support group dates and Fathers' club below.


The Ifield Smile centre, Gravesend offers support for parents, as well as courses and training. Please visit the following link for further information: http://www.ifieldschool.com/page/?title=Courses&pid=50