Many children can be fully supported without the need for a specific diagnosis. While understanding of support needs can be enhanced by diagnosis, support should be provided according to need and not diagnosis.
This section provides a list of useful information and links with resources and services designed for families and young people. The advice and strategies here are useful for children and young people regardless of whether they have a diagnosis or not.
Help and practical advice for supporting children and young people's mental health and emotional wellbeing in Fife. The Parent and carer workshops cover a variety of mental health and wellbeing topics.
Web resources, information, and self-help guides to promote emotional wellbeing in young people.
Access Therapies Fife
Access Therapies Fife is part of Fife’s Health and Social Care Partnership’s Psychology Service. The Access Therapies Fife website contains a range of self-help resources and guides suitable for parents/carers and young people.
There are also a range of groups running for parent/carers, teenagers, and older children. More information and details of how to book is available on the Access Therapies Fife homepage.
Speech & Language Therapy
Speech and Language therapists can help children and young people with difficulties such as producing speech sounds clearly, putting their ideas into words, making their needs known and understanding what another person is saying to them.
The Speech and Language Therapy website contains links to a range of useful information and resources for parents/carers. The service offers a parent and carers advice phone line – more details can be found in the web link above.
Occupational Therapists provide advice, reassurance, support, assessment and intervention to help children and young people to develop their skills in everyday activities. The NHS Fife Occupational Therapy website has a variety of online resources aimed at providing advice and strategies for pre-school, primary school, and high school children, along with links to external websites providing useful information. The service offers a parental advice phone line - more details can be found in the web link above.
The Educational Psychology Service is part of Fife’s Education and Children’s Services Directorate, offering advice and support to all Fife schools. We specialise in Relationships and Behaviour, Learning and Teaching, and Mental Health and Wellbeing. Educational Psychologists work closely with parents, teachers and other professionals to help children succeed and make the most of their education. Every school in Fife has an Educational Psychologist who links regularly to the school.
One Stop Shop supports hundreds of people from across Fife every year on a range of issues such as emotional support, help understanding an autism diagnosis and transitions. Providing advice and support to autistic people, their families, friends, and other professionals. Funded by Fife Health and Social Care Partnership we have a dedicated team of autism advisors who are experienced and knowledgeable in working alongside autistic people to ensure their voice is heard, and they can access to the right help and support when it is needed most.
Some of the services the One Stop Shop Offers include:
Autism Network Scotland support for parents/carers
For parents/carers with a child currently on the autism assessment pathway waiting list.
Mondays, 9am and 12pm, or Wednesdays, 1pm and 4pm - Please call 07706 012967 and a member of the Autism Network Scotland team will take your call.