Resources, Guides, Information Sheets and Links

We want you to have quick access to written resources that may offer instant help with common issues. Below are a range of informative sheets and guides produced by SNAP with families in mind.

Moving to Secondary School

Tips, links and helpful resources to ease you and your child through the transition to secondary school and beyond.

Our survival guides are here to help you.

Written, researched and produced each year to help families cope with the summer and Christmas holidays, SNAP’s Survival Guides provide key tips and ideas, along with useful information to help make those sometimes difficult periods in the year a little easier.

SNAP Summer Survival Guide

Created in response to feedback from families who were struggling to find appropriate things to do throughout the summer, SNAP’s Summer Survival Guide is packed full of tips and ideas for surviving the summer.

As the summer holidays at home can be both long and stressful, our survival guide aims to make this period easier by bringing together information from organisations across Essex that can offer activities, short breaks and events to keep everyone in the family busy. It also includes useful information for trips abroad, with tips and ideas on how to make air travel less stressful.

Don’t forget to use the SNAP Directory too for other useful contacts.

SNAP Christmas Survival Guide

SNAP’s Christmas Survival Guide is made up of a series of informative sheets filled with helpful hints and tips to support you through the festive season.

Covering a variety of different topics, our survival guide provides strategies to help make the holiday period less stressful for all the family.

If you have any trusted tips and ideas that have helped you and your family do let us know, as we may be able to share them in our future editions.

We appreciate there isn’t always time to read a whole book, so if you are looking for a snippet of information on a specific topic you may be struggling with, SNAP’s Information Sheets provide key tips and strategies in a clear, easy-to-read manner. The topics covered are areas that families have frequently asked us for support with.

If there is a subject you would like SNAP to cover, do let us know by emailing [email protected].

Contact – 0808 808 3555

Contact’s helpline provides information and advice on diagnosis and medical information, local support services, benefits or financial support and special educational needs support.

Family Lives – 0808 800 2222

Family Lives’ free confidential helpline can provide information, advice, guidance and support on any aspect of parenting and family life, including bullying.

SCOPE – 0808 800 3333

SCOPE provides free, independent and impartial information and support whether you, your child or those you work with have a physical impairment, learning disability or any other condition.

National Autistic Society – 0808 800 4104

The NAS Autism Helpline provides confidential expert advice and support on autism, for autistic people, their families and friends.

Mencap – 0808 808 1111

The Mencap Learning Disability Helpline is a free helpline service offering advice and support for people with a learning disability, and their families and carers.

Cerebra – 0800 328 1159

Cerebra’s Freephone helpline is for parents who have a child or young person with a brain condition.  This includes (but is not limited to) autism, ADHD, Down’s syndrome, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and developmental delay.

Young Minds – 0808 802 5544

Young Minds’ Parent Helpline can help answer questions about a child’s behaviour, emotional wellbeing, or mental health condition.

Unique – 01883 723356

Unique’s helpline can try to answer your questions about specific rare chromosome disorders and some autosomal dominant single gene disorders that are associated with intellectual disability/developmental delay/ medical issues/behavioural issues.

SOS!SEN – 0300 302 3731 or 0208 538 3731

SOS!SEN offer a free, independent and confidential telephone helpline for parents and others looking for information and advice on Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).

SNAP Family Story

Being a SNAP family changes lives for the better. Just ask Jane, whose family is one of 4,689 who have been supported since 1994. Here, in her words, Jane talks about her personal family journey.

Superstar week for SNAP siblings

The SIBS4FUN programme is an annual fun-packed week which aims to give those siblings, who might miss out on opportunities because of their family circumstances, a week to remember.

SNAP’s Wonderwall

A new tactile mural at The SNAP Centre

SNAP Training

SNAP organises a unique and diverse calendar of parent and professional training opportunities and events.

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