APTCOO in Bassetlaw

APTCOO in Bassetlaw, in partnership with Bassetlaw CCG, provides a range of high, quality support services to empower families who have children and young people with SEND, enabling aspirations to be explored and achieved where possible. The range of support services are flexible to meet the changing needs of the families supported by our Family Support Practitioner, Michaela Ledsham; click here for more information .

Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG)  

A helpline is accessible to anyone who needs support or advice, including parents with a child with or without a diagnosis, schools or professionals. The support line is accessible from Monday to Friday from 10am - 2pm and is staffed by the APTCOO family support team. The Bassetlaw Support Line number is: 07395 013 295.

Family Learning Programme (FLP) 

APTCOO will be delivering a Family Learning Programme, the aim is to provide early support and evidence-based interventions to families of children and young people displaying behaviour that causes concern or challenges, where there is no formal diagnosis of ASD and/or ADHD, but where behaviours may be indicative or characteristic of these conditions. Post-diagnosis support for these conditions is also provided. 

The Family Support Programme offers an introduction followed by a flexible learning programme that will address:

  • ASD and ADHD and behaviours that are challenging

  • EHCPs and the Local Offer

  • Sensory overload, tools and techniques

  • Sleep deprivation

  • Family needs, wants and choices

For more information click here

SEND Social Prescribing Pathway 

The Social Prescribing service will be provided to families in Bassetlaw.                                                         Individuals will either be seen face to face in an appropriate setting or virtually via                                                Teams or telephone. The Social Prescriber will triage and signpost patients to access

non-medical support services from Bassetlaw CCG, the Local Authority, voluntary

organisations and community groups in the local area. The full range of Voluntary and Community Services available will be explored and matched to the needs of the family, with the view to improving their health and wellbeing. 

ASD Sensory Therapies  

Sensory processing difficulties can change how a person responds to changes in their own body, the environment and how they interact with it and others around them. They may have difficulties registering or processing sensory input which may result in them seeking out or avoiding particular types of stimuli. These behaviours can have an impact on social interactions, activities of daily living, gross and fine motor skills, cognitive development and the ability to maintain a calm, alert state.  

APTCOO will deliver ASD Sensory Therapies as part of the wider holistic APTCOO offer, this will include specifically but not limited to: 

  • To help children and young people with SEND reach their potential through specialist therapy programmes and sensory resources  

  • Raising parent carers’ awareness and a greater understanding of sensory processing and “what this means to my child” 


Following Covid-19 guidelines, weekly face-to-face sessions will be delivered from the beginning of June in Retford, our base will be Stephen House.


Parents and carers will be supported to engage in open dialogue to establish their needs, wants and choices to build resilience in their family, to equip them to be able to manage the challenges of everyday life and to enable them to have greater choice and control over the decisions that affect their family.


During term time, we meet every Wednesday and Friday between 10am to 2pm at Stephen House, Retford. Activities will take place in the school holidays.

For more information feel free to download our latest newsletter and leaflet.

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