Additional Support Needs

Children in Scotland: FREE Webinars for families of children with ASN Practical and supportive sessions to help you cope during coronavirus and the return to school. For more info or to book visit

Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living (LCiL): Peer Support Groups for parents of children with additional support needs are meeting online by Zoom. Email

Take a break Scotland: Provides grants for short breaks for carers of disabled children, young people and their families in Scotland. 2020 applications are open until 5pm on Monday the 29th of July. Families have 12 months to use the grant or if they prefer not to travel, other items can be requested to help support a break at home such as bikes, sports equipment, outdoor play or home entertainment.

Boardmaker: is offering a free 90 day trial to support accessible online learning for every child.

ChatterPack: is a voluntary-run, special educational needs and disabilities hub:

City of Edinburgh Psychological Services: Support and advice for parents, carers, professionals and young people about supporting children and young people’s learning and wellbeing. Leave a message Mon to Fri 9am-5pm on 0131 469 2800 or email and an Educational Psychologists will get back in touch. Helpful information on supporting children at home during COVID-19 and a Guide for Young People can be found on the council website.

Kindred: Support for parents and carers of children with complex needs. Assistance with benefits, grant funding for aids and equipment, information and support on statutory care and support being discharged from the Royal Hospital for Sick Kids. Tel 0800 031 5793 or email

Occupational Therapy Helpline: for parents of children with additional support needs. Offers support and advice around your child’s everyday life skills and difficulties experienced during COVID -19 pandemic. Tel: 07866848453 9am-12pm Tue-Fri. No appointment system, may need to wait until phone line becomes free.

Salvesen Mindroom: Support for parents, carers, professionals and children and young people affected by learning difficulties. Contact available via telephone, emails and video calls.
Tel: 0131 370 6730

Scottish Autism Advice Plus Advice Line: Information, advice and support for individuals and families about Autism. Mon-Sun 8am-8pm Tel 01259 222 022 call or email Also offering Live chat, Facebook groups and Wellbeing Video sessions also available to view each Thursday, for more information visit

Scottish Autism Right Click Online Support Programme: For parents and carers of children and young people on the Autism spectrum, a free online support programme specific to the age of their child. Women and girls specific programme also available. Programmes run for five weeks on a rolling programme. For more information or to register visit

Speech and Language Therapy Helpline: for parents of children looking for advice or support around their child’s talking and communication. Contact Westerhailes Healthy Living Centre Tel: 0131 453 9315

The Action Group Advice Service: Benefits advice and support for families with a disabled child.
Tel: 0131 475 2315 Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. Leave a message for Advice and an adviser will call back or email

The Yard: is offering online activities and songs for children with additional support needs on their Facebook page.

VOCAL Support for Carers: Telephone support available for carers, including parents where the caring role of their child requires additional time. Email: Tel: 0131 622 6666. For free courses around the challenges carers may be facing during COVID-19 visit

Whizz-Kidz Scotland: Offering online sessions for young wheelchair users and their families. Sessions include coffee and chatter time, dance and movement, Art and crafts and storytelling. Join the Whizz Kidz Scotland Facebook group for more information or to book.

If any of the information listed here is incorrect, please contact us and we will update as soon as possible.