Teenage behaviour (additional needs)
The path to becoming an adult is an exciting and busy time for teenagers. It is full of new experiences and challenges as teenagers begin to find out who they are and become more independent. It can also be quite a testing time for parents. Many will have to cope with the mood swings and arguments that come with raising a teenager. Once you’ve got through to your teen, it’s well worth it. Until then, if you are having a tough time coping, that’s totally normal. Here you can find all the guidance and support you need to get through this tricky but rewarding period.
Information from external websites
The Mix also has a whole section to support your teen on learning disabilities and syndromes.
The Challenging Behaviour Foundation has lots of support for people caring for a child or young person with a severe or profound learning disability. If this is you, why not have a look at their information on
- understanding challenging behaviour in children
- finding the reasons for challenging behaviour
- positive behaviour support planning
- communication and challenging behaviour
- self injurious behaviour
- difficult sexual behaviour
- health and challenging behaviour
- children with severe learning difficulties and mental health
- the impact of caring on families
You might want to look at the general resources on our teenage behaviour page.
National Autism Society also have a page focusing on bullying, cyberbullying and autism
You might want to look at the general resources on our teenage bullying page.
You might want to look at the general resources on our teenage anxiety page.
National Autistic Society has a helpful guide for parents and carers on self harm and autism.
You might want to look at the general resources on our teenage self harm page.
Contact for families with disabled children has a helpful section on feeding and eating problems.
National Autistic Society also has a useful guide on autism and eating.
You might want to look at the general resources on our teenage eating problems page.
Childline has a section for your teen on living with a disability, including sex and disability.
The Mix has helpful information for your teen on disability and sexual confidence.
You might want to look at the general resources on our teenage relationships page.
Cerebra, the charity for children with brain conditions has a helpful Sleep Advice Service. They have lots of free downloadable resources, including a sleep guide, sleep cards and the sleep tips booklet.
Contact for families with disabled children has a useful page on sleep problems and a free guide to download on helping your child sleep.
Family Lives has top tips from parents for parents on sleep advice for parents with disabled children.
Struggling and need to talk?
The Challenging Behaviour Foundation can offer telephone support to people caring for a child with a severe learning disability. Call 0300 666 0126 (Mon - Thurs 9am to 5pm and Fri 9am to 3pm)
The Challenging Behaviour Foundation can also offer online chat support for people caring for a child with a severe learning disability. This service includes carer's catch ups and behaviour chats.
National Autistic Society Helpline enquiry service provides impartial, confidential information along with advice for autistic people, their families, friends and carers. Call: 0808 800 4104 (10am – 3pm, Mon to Fri).
National Autistic Society also have a parent to parent emotional support line. This confidential telephone service provides emotional support to parents and carers of autistic adults or children. The service is provided by trained parent volunteers who are all parents of an autistic adult or child. Call: 0808 800 4106 (Leave a message and they will call you back.)
The Surrey Children and Family Health Advice Line is available from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) and provides support on all aspects of child health, development and parenting for families with children from birth to 19 years old.
Surrey-wide 0-19 Advice Line: 01883 340 922
You might find it useful to watch the Family Lives video living with disabled children
Childline has a helpful video for your teen on living with autism.
Helpful tools and apps
The Challenging Behaviour Foundation offer a guide could download and print on getting the right support for teenagers with severe learning difficulties and behaviour that is challenging.
Contact have a number of informative webinars, including -
Contact also have a podcast channel that you might find interesting.
Qwell provides a safe, confidential way for parents/carers of children and young people with SEND in Surrey to access online emotional wellbeing support.
The service is free and requires no formal referral, instead only requiring the user to set up an account on the website. Qwell's counsellors are fully qualified and available from 12 noon to 10pm Monday to Friday and 6pm to 10pm at weekends, 365 days a year.
Online parenting guides
Surrey residents get free access to three online guides that include top tips from childcare, education and NHS health experts.
How to register
Registration is quick and easy. Go to the OurPlace website and use the access code 'ACORN' to get your free guides.
- Understanding your child 0-19 years
- Understanding your teenagers brain
- Understanding your brain (for teenagers only!)
The online guides have been written by experts and contain advice relevant to expectant parents, parents, grandparents and carers of children of all ages including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
Access to the guides is unlimited with no expiry date, so you can return as and when you need and want to. Why not watch the Child and Family Health video to find out more.
Community support, courses and local help
Choose the area you live in for local services. Please note that due to coronavirus (Covid-19) very few community services are currently running.
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Date published: 03 Mar 2021