At Snowfields Academy we understand the complex needs of those who present with ASD, and that our learners may need to access support relating to their mental health and wellbeing. We realise that difficulties with anxiety and depression can be as debilitating as the core social and communication difficulties that some of our learners may struggle with, and therefore we work with Educational Psychologists, CAMHS and other expert professionals to support every student. Training in the management and support of those with mental health difficulties is provided to all staff at Snowfields, and students and their families will be able to access additional support.
For help and information please visit: kentyouthhealth.nhs.uk
MindEd for Families – really helpful website with information on all kinds of mental health problems and queries for parents and families.
Family Lives – lots of useful information on parenting etc.
The Contented Child – useful resource – holding webinars and training for parents to manage emotional regulation in children and resources on ASD
Autism Apprentice – information and support specifically about Autism.
Kent Autistic Trust – helpful website with information about Autism
Space 2 be me – support for parents and families
CXK get connected programme – training and support for young people and their families.
Involve Kent Connect programme – sessions for young people with Autism to meet others with Autism and build confidence.
For young people themselves:
The Mix – good information website for YP themselves under age of 25 for all kinds of worries and anxieties.
- 7.30am – 3.30am – Monday to Friday
- 9am – 3.30am – Saturday to Sunday
Kooth – Snowfields Academy encourages students to access Kooth – a free online service offering emotional and mental health support for children and young people. Kooth offers counselling, activities and forums for students to express themselves on a platform that is safeguarded by a team of professionals. Regular parents and caregivers webinars are available for further information.
Text SHOUT to 85258 – Shout 85258 is a 24/7 free, confidential mental health text support service for anyone in the UK who is struggling to cope with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, relationship problems, bullying or if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Shout is powered by Crisis Text Line and is available to support people in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
Moodspark– help and support for young people to support their wellbeing and resilience with links to other helpful supports.
Apps : Clear Fear app – help with anxiety and panic. Calm Harm app for help to manage self harm urges and alternative ways of soothing.
- ‘Help! I’ve Got An Alarm Bell Going Off In My Head!’ by K.L. Aspden
- ‘The Whole-Brain Child’ by Dr Daniel J. Siegel and Dr Tina Payne Bryson
- ‘The Strength Switch’ by Dr Lea Waters
- ‘What To Do When You Worry Too Much’ by Dawn Huebner
- ‘What To Do When Your Temper Flares’ by Dawn Huebner
- ‘The Survival Guide For Kids With Autism Spectrum Disorders’ by Elizabeth Verdick and Elizabeth Reeve M.D.
- ‘Aspergirls’ by Rudy Simone
Snowfields Academy encourages students to access Kooth – a free online service offering emotional and mental health support for children and young people. Kooth offers counselling, activities and forums for students to express themselves on a platform that is safeguarded by a team of professionals. Regular parents and caregivers webinars are available for further information.
Founded by Rossie Stone in Scotland, Dekko create comic books to support students who are under the neurodiverse umbrella. Rossie was diagnosed with Dyslexia and has first hand experience of turning difficult content into something creative and how this can change your experience with your learning. Dekko run workshops to encourage students to use drawing and other talents to engage with their learning.
Loop ear plugs are discreet ear defenders that fit in the ear to reduce the volume in noisier environments. Many of our students have enjoyed using the Loop Quiet range to support their sensory regulation in the classroom environment.