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Information For Young People

This page has links to sites where you can play games, or find information about disability and other issues that affect you. We have also included a few links for brothers and sisters.

Remember to be safe when looking for information on the internet – more help to think about this can be found by looking at the Think U Know.

We have divided the information on this page into approximate age groups, but some sites may be suitable for more than one age or ability group.

Tiny Tots/Simple Games

Kneebouncers a single key press operates these games for preschoolers

Nursery/Primary School Age

CBeebies and CBBC have a large number of games. (There is also a page for parents about which activities on the site children with different conditions might enjoy or access successfully e.g. switch games).

Teenage

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There is a monthly magazine for teenagers written using symbols here

Safe surfing on the internet –Think U Know

Feeling Stressed?

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If you need to talk to someone in confidence about your worries, you can contact Childline by phoning 0800 1111. Calls are free (they will not show up on a phone bill) and confidential.

If you need help with bullying, try Respect Me or the anti-bullying network

Enquire has information for young adults about going to meetings and making choices at school, help with exams, and more!

Moving on from School or College (Transition)

Moving on from school involves a lot of thinking about what you want in the future. There are lots of websites with information to help you decide. Follow the links below to see some which we think are useful:

the My Future Choices’ magazine has stories about what young people do when they leave school (note that some of the information is about England, so it might not be quite the same here in Scotland).

Signpost also has lots of information that can help young people and their parents in West Lothian, and you and your parents can come and speak to us about this when you are age 15 or older.

Brothers and Sisters/Young Carers

Carers of West Lothian runs groups for young carers aged 12 and upwards – their website is at West Lothian Young Carers

Brothers and sisters can share their experiences of having a sibling with a disability at the Young Sibs website.

Specific information for siblings can sometimes be found if you contact organisations who help with specific conditions. For example, try Down Syndrome Scotland, or the National Autistic Society.

We have information for parents about support for siblings on our family support page.