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PARENT GUIDES

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Here you can find information about our two parent guide books.

Our highly popular parent-carer guides Making Sense of It All and Making Sense of Adult Life are essential reading for parents of children and young people with SEND. Click the cover to read more about each book.

 

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You can also order or download the books for free.

If you'd prefer an eBook version of either book please visit our eBooks page.

Making Sense of it All

A parent and carer’s guide for supporting children aged 0-14 (4th Edition)

Making Sense of it All is designed to help parents of children with SEND aged 0-14 in West Sussex learn how to get the support they need for their child and family. It covers a wide range of subjects including diagnosis, benefits, education, health, social care, local leisure opportunities plus a directory of over 400 local and national organisations and an extensive jargon buster.

The book is firmly established as a must have guide for parents in West Sussex and is sometimes referred to as the “parent-carer bible”. Since we first published Making Sense of it All in 2012 we have distributed over 10,000 copies of the book.

In October 2019 we published a 4th edition of the guide. This edition includes major updates on the delivery of education, health and social care in West Sussex, a considerable number of new entries in our directories as well as a comprehensive index to ensure information is always to hand.

Making Sense of It All is available to parents free of charge (plus £2.50 postage & packing). You can order the book via the PayPal link. You can also enquire about free copies of the book via your school or local children & family centres. Reference copies are also available in local libraries.

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Get your copy of
Making Sense of it All

In paperback via PayPal

Parent Carers - £2.50 p&p

Professsionals - £7.50 incl p&p

Or download the PDF version of the guide in its entirety for free (1.04 mb)

Making Sense of Adult Life

A guide to transition to adulthood (2nd Edition)

Transition to adult life is a notoriously challenging period for young people with special needs and disabilities and their families. Making Sense of Adult Life brings together information on a wide variety of subjects in order to help parents support their child through this period of change.

The book provides information on the following subjects - adolescence and emotional well-being, benefits & money management, further education, training and employment, moving to adult health & social care, housing & independent living and social and leisure activities. The book also contains a directory of local and national organisations and an extensive jargon buster.

Making Sense of Adult Life is available to parents free of charge (plus £2.50 postage & packing). You can order the book via the PayPal link. You can also enquire about free copies of the book via your school or local children & family centres. Reference copies are also available in local libraries.


Both our parent guides are available to professionals at a price £5.00 (plus £2.50 p&p).

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Get your copy of
Making Sense Adult Life

In paperback via PayPal

Parent Carers - £2.50 p&p

Professsionals - £7.50 incl p&p

Or download the PDF version of the guide in its entirety for free (1.4 mb)

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