Supporting Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) children and their families in the local community is at the heart of HSENA. We offer a holistic approach which provides educational as well as mental health support. We appreciate the uniqueness of very child with SEND and the challenges often faced in learning, but also understand that with adequate support barriers can be reduced. Our aim is to liaise with schools and Local Authorities and work with parents to reduce disadvantages and to facilitate the best outcomes. The objective is to advocate and be the voice for disadvantage children and families, and to promote inclusion. Our team of specialist can identify the modifications needed for children with special educational needs and disabilities. Our holistic value strives to nurture emotional wellbeing by inspiring confidence and self-esteem, enabling children to reach their full potential.
At HSENA we offer one to one, group and family counselling to support SEND children and their families with a range of mental health difficulties. Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing
Children who are emotionally healthy have good self-esteem and able to cope with difficulties. Many SEND children have low self-esteem and lack confidence and often at risk of poor emotional wellbeing due to the impact of the needs. Many SEND children experience emotional difficulties such as anxiety and are unable to manage their emotions which can range from anger, sadness, despair, and these can trigger eating disorders or self-harm.
Children with good psychological wellbeing are able develop friendships and form positive relationships with others. Children with SEND, especially those on the Autism spectrum have difficulty expressing their feelings and often unable to form positive relationships, which have long lasting effects.
Children have good social wellbeing when they understand boundaries, able to communicate, interact and function in society. SEND children often struggle with communication and social interaction and can have social dysfunction which can leave them feeling very isolated and less valued
Having a SEND child in the family often impacts family members who will often experience some degree of mental health issues. Factors such as language barriers, poverty, unemployment, or absent parent can increase the risk developing mental health difficulties in the child as well as the family.
Counselling is a form of 'talk therapy'. It is a process where an individual, couple or members of the family meet with a trained professional counsellor to talk about issues and problems that they are facing in their lives, in a safe non-judgemental, and confidential space. Counselling children and young people often takes an ‘integrated approach’ using not only ‘talk’ but also creative means such as play and Art therapy.
The counsellor is a qualified registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, with over 16 years’ experience in counselling and expertise in counselling children and young people.
Children will be referred as having some degree of mental health difficulties.
Children over 15years must sign a contract agreeing to attend the sessions, for under 15 years old the contact must be signed by parents/guardians. Contracts will also be offered to family members who are identified as experiencing mental health difficulties due to the impact of their Child’s needs
Each client will have a detailed assessment to identify the main issues and how counselling can help, and the amount of counselling sessions needed or whether a referral is needed.
One- to -one counselling is weekly at an agreed day and time, there are also opportunities for group support. sessions will be client lead, this means, clients will have the opportunity to talk about whatever difficulties and challenges they are facing in the present.
There might also be times where the counsellor will provide techniques to help manage emotions, such as anger, or techniques to change negative ways of thinking. Art and creative play will also be used to allow children and young people to express their feelings.
Sessions are confidential unless suspected harm to self or others of suspected abuse.