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Variety's regular Pod-Ability podcast series explores the unseen, complex challenges facing the parents and families of disabled children, offering in-depth discussion as well as practical suggestions and signposting. Our closed Facebook group offers a safe, private, supportive and understanding space to talk about issues raised by each episode with like-minded parents and families of children with special educational needs and disabilities.

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What financial relief is available for families with disabled children?

3rd October 2020
What financial relief are families with disabled children in the UK entitled to? And how should they go about accessing it? Does a child need a formal diagnosis for a family to claim? How has the benefits system changed during the pandemic with regard to disabled children? To discuss these questions and more, our host Dave King is joined remotely over Skype by Carlos Hagi, who is a member of the Expert Advice Team at Citizens Advice Head Office, specialising in welfare benefits. Carlos brings over 35 years’ experience as a welfare benefits adviser. Also joining Dave, is Mark Arnold, whose son James has a range of additional needs.

How parents can look after the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children with disabilities during the coronavirus crisis

1st May 2020
While it is reassuring that the COVID-19 virus rarely makes children physically ill, in this episode, we’re exploring what impact the coronavirus crisis is having on the mental health of children with special educational needs and disabilities, and how parents can best look after their emotional wellbeing at home during the current lockdown, while responding to the crisis in a way that builds their emotional resilience. Dave King is joined remotely over Skype by Tamsin Cottis, an acclaimed senior child psychotherapist and pioneer in the area of psychotherapy for children with learning disabilities, and Rosalind Grainger, mother of Esja who has a learning disability.

Managing your child's sensory needs at home under lockdown

17th April 2020
Official coronavirus lockdown advice has, for the most part, ignored the way the lives of children with sensory difficulties have been turned upside down. In this episode we’re asking: 'What impact is the current lockdown situation having on your child with sensory issues? And how can you manage them at home?' Pod-Ability host, Dave King, is joined remotely over Skype by Zoe Mailloux, an occupational therapist and internationally-renowned expert in the area of sensory integration, as well as Michael and Paul Atwal-Brice, parents to twins Levi and Lucas, both of whom have autism, among other conditions.

Parenting children with visible and invisible disabilities

18th February 2020
While some children’s disabilities, like cerebral palsy, are visible at first glance, others, such as ADHD, are not immediately apparent. And of course, many disabled children have a mix of both. In this episode, we explore how you can go about finding the parenting approach that fits best, however visible or invisible your child's disability is. Pod-Ability host Dan White chats to Adam Pearson, an actor (best known for his appearance alongside Scarlett Johansson in 'Under the Skin'), presenter and disability rights campaigner, as well as Bobbie Dove, whose son Arun has multiple hidden disabilities.