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Sensory related services in Sheffield


An overview of excellent local and online services that can be helpful to a family supporting a child with Sensory Processing Difficulties, or any other neurodiverse condition.

Sleep resources

The Sleep Charity has a phone line service that provide advice and support around difficulties sleeping. They offer a free helpline that is part of their extensive services, open 7pm to 9pm, between Sunday and Thursday.

Sheffield Children’s paediatric sleep disorders nursing team email: scn-tr.sleepnurses@nhs.net

Sheffield’s parenting team also offer sleep seminars and clinics for parents and carers in partnership with Sheffield Children’s Hospital.


Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) is the rejection of certain foods often due to a sensitivity in taste, texture, smell, appearance or temperature.

South Yorkshire eating disorders association (SYEDA)

Sheffield Eating disorders assessment and treatment team (SEDATT)

Sheffield Children’s hospital speech and language therapy feeding and swallowing team

Education, health and care plan (EHCP) support

The Sheffield support grid is a document that sets out what schools should be offering children who need some additional support, based on their areas of need.

Sheffield special educational needs and disability, information, advice and support (SENDIAS)


The community continence team support children under 16, holding clinics at Centenary House and the Northern General Hospital. GPs, health visitors, and school nurses can make referrals to these clinics.

The child’s bowel and bladder charity (ERIC) is a free helpline that supports families around children with toileting difficulties. Lots of useful resources can be found on their website or their helpline on 0808 169 9949.

Support for parents

Contact the multi-agency support team (MAST) to request a service from MAST or one of their partners.

The parenting team are an extension of MAST that provide advice and support for parents.

Sheffield parent carer forum is an independent group of parents and carers of children and young people up to age 25 with special educational needs and disabilities.

The health visiting team are part of the Sheffield Children’s 0 to 19 service that visit children and their families at home and at school 0 to 19 years of age.

Sheffield family centres run lots of different courses including baby and toddler sensory groups.

Mental health

NHS resource on anxiety in children and what to look out for.

Kooth is a free online counselling service that provides an online chat service for young people, available Monday to Friday between 12pm and 10pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 6pm to 10pm.

The Goldigger Trust is a Sheffield based charity that works with young people aged 11 to 18 years old and can support young people in areas such as self-esteem, managing emotions, healthy relationships and wellbeing.

Sheffield’s mental health guide will help you find specific support.

Speech and language

If you have concerns about your child’s communication you can self-refer to the speech and language therapy team.

Small talk is a support group for parents/carers of pre-school children with speech, language and communication needs.

Puberty and sexuality

NHS Leeds have created a PDF resource on puberty and sexuality for young people with a learning disability. It is geared towards a teaching environment as a group, but it can be used as a useful tool for important conversations with your child.

The Youtube channel ‘Tween & Teens’ by Sam.K is an excellent resource for young people starting puberty and their parents.

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

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An overview of excellent local and online services that can be helpful to a family supporting a child with Sensory Processing Difficulties, or any other neurodiverse condition.


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