Making Sense Of It All (Reaching Families)


Making Sense Of It All is a handbook written by and for parent-carers of children with special needs and disabilities in West Sussex. The book covers a wide range of subjects including diagnosis, survival strategies, supporting siblings, money matters, health, education, help with daily living, social & leisure activities, etc. It also contains a directory of over 400 local and national organisations and an extensive jargon buster. Since 2012 the book has sold over 2,500 copies.

What we do:

  • Content includes coping with diagnosis, getting a 2nd opinion, finding out more about your child's condition, getting support from other parents, etc.
  • Understanding and applying for benefits you and your child may be entitled to including Disability Living Allowance, Carers Allowance and Tax Credits
  • Understanding the new system of education for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities
  • Finding out how to secure support from various departments and agencies within health and social services
  • Finding out how to access local social and leisure activities

Our users say:

"Making Sense Of It All has become the first port of call for parent-carers and is widely read by members of our group" Maria Louise Cook, Chairperson, Autism Support Crawley

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Age Range: 0–14

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Contact Details

07939 192 388

01903 502 649



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