Information on neuro developmental conditions for families and professionals

If you are wondering about how best to support a child with neurodevelopmental conditions there is a lot of help and support available. This webpage aims to collate relevant information, guidance, and support which you may find helpful.

Thriving diagram - getting advice, getting help, getting more help, getting risk support

Getting advice


Salford Information, Advice and Support Service give information, advice and support to children, young people and parents about special educational needs and disability, including health and social care matters.

Salford’s Local Offer

The Local Offer details what support services are available within the local area for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities and their families.

Emotional Health Directory of Services

The Emotional Health Service Directory has been developed to support anyone working or volunteering with children and young people.

Local Parent Support Groups (Autism)

Service Training or support Contact

Salford Action for Autism (SAFA)


The meetings provide informal opportunities for parents and carers to meet, share ideas and support each other.  Salford Action for Autism also has a library which has 112 different book titles relating to autism. Creche provided for children under 11.


Action for autism website


I AM Autism

Support and information for parents and carers. Life Skills and Aspirations projects offering social and leisure support in the community available for older children (ten years plus).

I AM website


Autism and Friends 

Parent support group meeting on the last Saturday of the month at Fiddlers Lane School.

Contact 07544649696

Information about Neuro-developmental conditions 


Training or support


The National Autistic Society

Information about autism spectrum for parents, carers, relatives, adults with autism and professionals.

Autism website

The ADHD foundation

The ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity is an integrated health and education service offering strength based service.

ADHD Foundation website

Ambitious About Autism

Information about autism spectrum and a community to join to gain support or give support to others.

Ambitious About Autism website

Autism Helpline

An Autism Helpline that provides impartial, confidential information, advice and support for people with autism spectrum disorders and their families.

Autism Helpline website

0808 800 4104 (open Monday to Thursday, 10am to 4pm, Friday 9am to 3pm)


Autizma delivers bespoke training in all aspects of autism using an asset-based approach. Our training can be delivered to Work forces and Practitioners, Families, Parents and Carers, Health, Educational and Social Care professionals, Voluntary organisations in fact...anyone who wants to know more about autism.

Autizma website

NHS Choices

Information about autism spectrum

NHS website

Autism Education Trust – Inclusion Development Programme

This is an interactive resource for settings around supporting pupils on the autism spectrum.

Autism Education Trust website

Special Needs Jungle

Parent-led information, resources and informed opinion about children with SEN, special needs, disabilities, health conditions and rare disorders.

Special Needs Jungle website

Gina Davies Autism Centre

A service for families, carers and professionals that provides practical methods and strategies.

Gina Davies website

Symbols Inclusion Project

Resources and strategies to support inclusion including case studies and the widget software.

Symbols Inclusion Project website

The Communication Trust

Provides support, information and materials on how to support children with speech, language and communication difficulties.

The Communication Trust website

Do to Learn

Do2learn provides free resources such as, learning songs and games, communication cards, academic material, and transition guides.

Do to Learn website

Other useful links

Getting help

Our local training and support offer


Training or support

Sessions offered


Early help


Solihull approach: Understanding your child with additional needs

For everyone around the child: Mums, Dads, Grandparents, friends and relations

14 modules available 24/7 Go to the In Our Place website and enter the ‘access code’ EARLY HELP

Salford CAMHS


ADHD information day for parents

Bi-monthly via a 4-hour session

Community Pediatric Service

No formal training - but parent strategies discussed during consultations

Brief parenting strategies are discussed during a one to one Clinic Consultation. Strategies particularly around how to understand and manage Sensory Behaviours, behaviours in accordance with developmental delay and those behaviours that are in keeping with a Language Disorders and Social Communication Disorder such as ASD, ADHD/ADD.

Not applicable

Chatsworth MAT

Training and Support

PBS Parent Workshops, X2 per year parental consultations, Bespoke training re PBS, Launching parent workshops for online learning during closure.

Modular and bespoke

Health Improvement Service


Offer face to face and digital peer support groups targeted at (but not exclusively for) parents of children with additional needs. Dependent on need/want Youth MHFA courses and seminars delivered by experts such as SiASS/WR and DA and CAMHS have been offered and delivered to parents.

The seminars are offered based on need identified by the group members. The YMHFA courses are one day deliveries split over two half days with start and finish times to avoid school/nursery drop off/pick up times

Learning Schools support

Training and support for parents, carers and professionals

Schools /professionals - Salford Learning Support Service events on Eventbrite

Parent/carer - Parental Webinars - Learning Support Service events on Eventbrite

Wide range of training available for schools and for parents

Ongoing programme (see Eventbrite links)

Schools Thrive Offer

A three-year programme from September 2020 which provides targeted support for children and young people's health and wellbeing in education settings.

Referrals can be made via the Schools Mental Health Lead.

For further information please email

Support with sleep

Together Trust Sleep Clinic

Sleep clinics for parent and carers in the North West who have a child with autism or are in the process of getting a diagnosis.

Self-referrals can be made via the Together Trust website.

Cerebra Sleep Service

Provide one to one telephone support to parents of children with a brain-related condition (like autism, Down Syndrome, ADHD, cerebral palsy, learning disability or epilepsy, but also those without a diagnosis who are waiting for an assessment) whose sleep routine is non-existent or not working.

Self-referrals can be made via the Cerebra website.

Getting more help

Our local training and support offer

Service Training or Support Sessions offered Frequency

Salford CAMHS


Riding the Rapids post diagnostic support for families with an ASC diagnosis

Offered twice or three times a year. It is a nine week programme ten to 12 on a morning at CAMHS

Salford CAMHS


Autism Post Diagnosis Group for Parents

Offered bimonthly if enough interested parents. Two sessions for two hours, a week apart and in a morning or evening.

Salford CAMHS


ADHD Triple P, ADHD Information Sessions, Information sessions on Depression, Anxiety, Self-Harm, Cycle of Change. Autism Post Diagnosis Groups (APDG), Riding the Rapids (RTR) Parenting groups

ADHD Triple P - nine weeks of two hour sessions; ADHD Information Sessions – over two weeks once a term; APDG two weeks of two hours – daytime or evening; RTR – ten weeks of two hours; Information sessions on Depression, Anxiety, Self-Harm, Cycle of Change - two weeks of two hours.

ADHD Triple P - up to four groups a year; ADHD PDG - three to four times per year depending on demand; APDG – ten a year; RTR – up to three a year; Information sessions – termly

Children’s Learning Disability Nursing Team


One to one training

Offered twice or three times a year. It is a nine week programme ten to 12 on a morning at CAMHS.

Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs)

An EHCP is a document that describes a child or young person’s special educational, health and social needs, the support they need and the outcomes they would like to achieve.

An EHCP can only be issued after a child or young person has gone through an Education Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment.

Get more information on Education Health and Care Plans Education Health and Care Plans.

Welfare rights advice 

Get help from our Welfare Rights Advice service

Contact - the charity for families with disabled children

Useful guide to filling in the DLA forms from the charity Contact

Getting risk support

If you/ your parents cannot keep you safe you need to ring or attend at A&E.

Services that can help you before you start to really struggle.

Related pages section

Neurodevelopmental Pathway

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