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Autism Toolbox

The Autism Toolbox​ is a resource to support the inclusion of children and young people with autism spectrum disorder in mainstream education. It  introduces and describes some of the more common challenges a pupil with autism might face and provides real life case studies from Scottish schools and practical examples of supports that you can use. It also signposts you to other websites and resources you may find useful. This is a fantastic resource for parents and carers as well as teachers.

Family Toolkit

The Family Toolkit has been developed by ENABLE Scotland's Young Families' Support Committee to make life easier for parents who are looking for information on how to apply for services for their child, or make requests to various agencies such as local authorities or schools. it is a growing resource and in it you will find information on a range of issues, along with template letters in some instances, and guidance on how and when to use them.


Tricky Moments

Have a look  at our Tricky Moments booklet – it is packed full of practical tips on how to cope with the challenging aspects of parenting such as toilet training, sleep issues, fussy eating, aggressive behaviour etc. It is also available free of charge to parents by phoning Enable Direct on 0300 0200 101.


Speak Out DVD

The Speak Out group has made a DVD about hate crime, supported by People First and the Edinburgh Development Group (EDG). The DVD has been used in presentations to teachers, pupils, council workers, Police, support providers and the NHS in the Lothians as well as other groups. To find out more, call People First on 0131 478 7707.


Contact a Family

Contact a Family guides for parents on a range of topics are available to download free from the Contact a Family website. Printed versions are also available by contacting the Edinburgh office on 0131 659 2930 or the Freephone national helpline on 0808 808 3555. 


Enquire has launched a new Facebook page providing another way for parents, carers, children, young people and professionals to catch up with news and events related to Additional Support for Learning and find out, and share, our great resources. 

You can watch Getting ready to leave school: Making a good transition on Enquire’s Youtube channel along with lots of other short films about additional support for learning.

Enquire also have a map of services to help parents and carers find education, support to access education, and family support services in their local area. The development of the map was one of 21 recommendations from the Doran Review: the strategic review of learning provision for children and young people with complex additional support needs. You can find the map here.


play@home activity sheets - The play@home activity sheets were developed by the Care and Learning Alliance as additional play ideas for parents, carers and children. They come with  instructions, variations, benefits and precautions to encourage everyone to have fun using things found easily around the home. The activity sheets are available from NHS Health Scotland

The Safety Sleeper

The Safety Sleeper - a safe, fully enclosed and portable bed system - can be used by children or adults who either wander at night posing a danger to themselves or others, or as a protective measure for those who fall out of bed and injure themselves.  It incorporates key safety features and as a low sensory environment, it can help an individual settle to sleep and provides them with a safe space to go during a meltdown.  The Safety Sleeper folds down easily into a travel suitcase (provided) and can also be used for respite access, offering the individual a safe, familiar environment.  For further information, please contact Heather Ling on 0131 450 7124 –

Children’s Anger Management/Self Regulation program

This free manual is available for parents or teachers of children 3 years and up. It is arranged in session format, but all of the activities and games can also be used separately to help children learn strategies to deal with anger and self-regulation issues. Many of the activities, especially the songs, books and yoga poses, can be done with toddlers as well.

E-mail Jennifer at: for a copy.

For Scotland’s Disabled Children – guide to shaping the services you use

This guide helps parents and carers get more involved with the services their children use. Covering education, health and social work, the guide highlights the basic principles of parental participation and includes practical suggestions of how parents can be more involved in decisions about services and their child's care and education. The guide also includes details of organisations who can support parent participation. The guide can be found online​.

To request a hard copy of the guide contact Children in Scotland on 0131 313 2322.

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