IASS October '23 E- Bulletin

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Welcome to our
October 2023 E- Bulletin



IASS Autumn Term events October to December 2023

IASS SEND Solutions – parent carer workshops

The following workshops will be delivered at
Low Hill Family Hub 26- 28 Fourth Avenue, WV10 9LZ


Making the most of communication

Tuesday 17 October 10.30-11.30am


Positive Communication exploring alternative methods of communication and an introduction to Makaton.

Book your place via Eventbrite


Exploring Emotionally Based School
Non-Attendance (EBSNA)

Wednesday 22 November 10.30-11.30am


This session will explore the EBSNA Pathway and how school/college can support pupils who are experiencing severe difficulty in attending school or college. Elaine Perry, Senior Education Psychologist from Wolverhampton Local Authority, will be joining us.

Book your place via Eventbrite

Draft EHCP

Checking a draft EHCP and a
little Christmas cheer with “Merry Makaton”

Wednesday 13 December 10.30-11.30am

This session will be particularly helpful for those who have children with an EHCP or who are in the process of an Education, Health and Care needs assessment.

Book your place via Eventbrite


IASS  SEND Solutions Drop in
at Low Hill Family Hub


Pop in for a coffee and chat to IASS staff from
9.30am to 10.30am on the following mornings:

  • Tuesday 17 October
  • Wednesday 22 November
  • Wednesday 13 December

Low Hill Family Hub 26- 28 Fourth Avenue, WV10 9LZ

SEND Transition to Adulthood Careers Fair

On 20th October City of Wolverhampton Council will be hosting a SEND Careers Fair at Dunstall Racecourse from 9:00am to 3:30pm.

This is fantastic event for young people (Year 8+) with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities to help prepare them for their transition to adulthood.

Free entry can be reserved here.

If you have any queries, please email:

SEND careers fair

Back to School Guidance 

IPSEA Back to school


Many children may experience anxiety in the new school year, but for children with SEND, this can be a particular challenge.

IPSEA offers parents and carers its guidance on school anxiety, how you can help and what to do next.

National Autistic Society

The first term back to school may bring its own challenges for a pupil with SEND.

The National Autistic Society have some really useful guidance to support parents and carers with topics around education including break times, homework, exams, extra help and resolving differences. Access here. 


Young Minds

Young Minds 

If your child is anxious about school, Young Minds offers its guidance in supporting your child to navigate their worries.

Tips include time for discussions, 'family feedback' time, establishing routine and breathing techniques. Read here.

Wolverhampton CAMHS parent carer workshops

CAMHS webinars


CAMHS is running a series of free virtual workshops to help parents and carers support their child in navigating mental health challenges.

This is open to any parent or carer with a young person accessing Black Country CAMHS services.

To book call Andrea on 01902 444021.

ADHD Awareness month

The Witherslack Group:
ADHD Awarness month


The Witherslack Group offers free events and support for parents and carers of children with SEN. Their organisation is committed to providing free monthly resources and support to neurodivergent families. They work with industry experts to provide practical strategies and support to parents, carers and professionals who have an interest in SEN. Below is a list of their upcoming training events and resources for Autumn 2023: 

Back to school support for parents & carers: sign up here

As children and young people settle into the new term, we want to continue providing support to help with the transition. From top tips on managing school anxiety to helping your child with an afterschool breakdown, our Back To School campaign has advice and support for the whole family.


ADHD Awareness Month Support Pack

a huge library of resources including introduction to ADHD, what it is, how it can present in different ages and genders, as well as tips for assessment, diagnosis and support. 

Access here. 


Live Webinar: What is ADHD?

Date: 3 October at 10:00am
Understand the condition and its presentation, the impact on the child in both positive and negative ways and gain confidence in how to spot the signs and support.

Register here.


Live Webinar: SEN & Phonics   

Date: 5 October at 10:00am

The webinar will be sharing strategies to support children and
young people’s phonemic awareness.

Register here.


Live Webinar: Neurodiversity and Halloween

Date: 13 October at 10:00am

Discover the impacts Halloween can have on neurodivergent children, and gain practical strategies on how we can support them during the frightful season.

Register here. 


Podcast: Autism- What every parent needs to know

On this episode, join Anne-Marie Harrison discussing what every parent needs to know about autism; from how to get an assessment, to top tips and strategies on how to support your child at home.

Listen here.

ADHD in education

ADHD in Education 

If you are a teacher or learning assistant staff the ADHD Foundation offers guidance on how to support learning, achievement & well being for pupils with ADHD.

Access ADHD Foundation's resource booklet here.

Transition to Adulthood

Transition to Adulthood webinars

Contact for disabled children is offering free online monthly sessions to help parent carers with their disabled child’s adulthood transition:


  • Education & Employment -
    Tuesday 10th October at 7pm-8:30pm
  • Adult Health and Social Care -
    Friday 10th November at 10am-11:30am
  • Community Inclusion and Independent Living -
    Wednesday 6th December at 7-8.30pm

Book your place here

Asthma inhaler

Asthma Friendly Schools


With the start of the school year underway, the NHS Black Country Integrated Care Board has launched its Asthma Friendly Schools initiative which encourages all schools in the Black Country to welcome children with asthma and put simple strategies in place to ensure they can fully participate in school life.

Schools in the Black Country are encouraged to apply for Asthma Friendly School status and commit to making their school asthma friendly, help promote good asthma management for children and thus reduce asthma related absences at school.

Viv Marsh added: “Asthma is the most common long-term medical condition in children in the UK, with around one in 11 children and young people living with asthma. Our aim is to ensure that every child with asthma can go to school and fully participate in all elements of school life.

“By signing up to our Asthma Friendly Schools initiative, schools are making a commitment that every member of staff knows what to do if a child has an asthma attack and that children with asthma can always access their reliever inhaler when they need it.”

For more information on the Asthma Friendly Schools,
visit the 0-18 Black Country website here.

Secondary School pupil

Wolverhampton Secondary Schools Application


 Parents and carers of children transitioning to secondary school in September 2024 are encouraged to complete the application for school preferences.

Schools across the city will be holding open events.
Application deadline is 31 October 2023

Open events dates and applications can be accessed here.

Anti bullying alliance

Anti Bullying Alliance: 
Parents and carers resource pack

Anti Bullying Alliance provides a tool to help parents and carers have conversations with their children about bullying.

The resource pack give you information about bullying, tips about what to do if you’re worried about bullying and the tools to help you talk to your children about bullying.

Access here.


What is school like for siblings of disabled children? 


Sibs is a charity for brothers and sisters of disabled children and adults. Sibs wants to find out more about how siblings aged 5-16, who have a disabled brother or sister find life at school and whether there are things school can do to help. By a disabled brother or sister Sibs means:

  • Children who have additional needs
  • Children with physical disabilities or long-term health conditions
  • Children who are having medical treatment or those needing extra help

Sibs wants to gather this information so that they can help schools think about what they can do to support children and young people better.

You can complete the survey here.


Cost of Living Webinars


If you are the parent, family member, carer or person with a Learning Disability and are looking for extra help and support around the cost of living, Mencap is offering free webinars every Wednesday 1pm to help you navigate budgeting, welfare benefits, housing and energy advice.

Book your place here.

Complete our evaluation survey 

Wolves IASS is always grateful for the wonderful feedback we receive from families that have benefitted from our service.

If you have been supported by IASS previously, we would love to hear about your experience with us.

Please complete our evaluation survey here.

Share your news 

We aim to share uplifting stories and good news events from around our wonderful Wolverhampton area! 

If you run services or activities for children with a Special Educational Need or Disability or support their families, we would love to hear from you! 

Also, if you have a happy news story or wish to celebrate the great work of an organisation, please email ias.service@wolverhampton.gov.uk. Please attach a photo or videos and a short blurb to feature. 

We send out the e-bulletin monthly around the first Monday of the month, so we would appreciate this being sent to us by the middle of the previous week.

Our next e-bulletin will be shared early November, so please send any inserts by
25 October 2023.

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