SEN Newsletter February 2016     
 
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Featured stories

Assessing for autism

Assessing for autism
How can families and school staff help with autism assessments? More

Active for life
Changing troubled lives through outdoor activities. More

What now?
How to plan for post-16 education. More

I’m unique!
Meeting the individual needs of deaf learners. More

Togetherness
How are professionals coping with the new requirement of “working together”? More

For the latest stories, visit: senmagazine.co.uk


Featured organisations


KIDTECTION was set up by parents and professionals to provide nannies/mannies for children and teens. For families with a need for childcare for special needs children, Kidtection have the experience – email Kidtection. It is so important to have someone in the home of working parents, to support children with dyslexia and other needs, who really listen and engage. More


Special Educational Needs Law and Practice Conference
Now in its 21st year, the Special Educational Needs Law and Practice Conference has established itself as the must-attend event for lawyers, teachers, guardians and local authority workers, and will include the latest case-law updates. To book your place and to find out more on the programme, click here.


Which School? For Special Needs is an annual guide to independent and non-maintained schools and colleges for pupils with sensory, physical, learning, social, emotional and behavioural difficulties or dyslexia. Now in its 21st edition, this well-received guide contains a comprehensive directory, updated annually, and also editorial articles. Available in print or free eBook. More


KOMPAN, the leading playground solution provider, has been developing playgrounds designed to promote inclusive child development through play for over 45 years. All Kompan products offer usable and inclusive play products, compelling design, high play value, uncompromising safety, unique innovation and long-lasting quality. For full details, click here.


Medical Tracker
Build trust with parents/carers in your school or nursery through instant medication and first aid notifications. Medical Tracker is an online application which enables your school or nursery to manage all areas relating to first aid and medication online. Book a remote demonstration today to find out more. More


Oaka Books produce curriculum based topic packs for struggling readers. Full of images and colour, they are short and concise, using simple words and sentences. Text is in 14pt Comic Sans on coloured backgrounds. Over 49 KS1/2/3 packs now available for sciences, geography, history and French. More


The British Psychological Society provides nationally recognised qualifications in test use for SEN professionals who use psychometric or psychological tests to understand children’s strengths and learning needs. Holders of a BPS Test User: Educational, Ability/Attainment (CCET) qualification may complete a relevant course to become a specialist assessor to progress and write reports for access arrangements. More


Timotay designs and builds unique and stimulating playgrounds across the UK and UAE. From consultation to design and build, Timotay is all you need to create an excellent outdoor play environment. Timotay create playgrounds for children of all abilities and aim to give every child the opportunity of outdoor play. More

Especially Toys aim to surprise and delight you with their range of good value and quality toys for adults and children with special needs and learning difficulties. All toys and gifts make wonderful presents. Newsletter readers receive a 10% discount by using code "SEN" at checkout. More


Henshaws Specialist College is a transformational place. Through its personalised approach to education and care, it empowers young people living with a disability to live life the way they want. Whether preparing for employment, making friends or learning to live more independently, Henshaws enables its students to make their aspirations possible and goals a reality. More


Clicker 7
Crick Software has announced the launch of Clicker 7, which builds on previous versions of this much-loved software to provide teachers with the ultimate literacy toolkit. New features include a child-friendly planning tool, eye gaze compatibility and Crick’s innovative access method SuperKeys. For more information, click here.

Douglas Silas Solicitors are the legal experts specialising exclusively in SEN, helping parents successfully through the SEN process. Their website at www.SpecialEducationalNeeds.co.uk is a popular resource used by thousands of parents/professionals. Douglas also authors 'A Guide to the SEND Code of Practice', updated for 2015/16, available as an eBook: www.AGuideToTheSENDCodeOfPractice.co.uk


Hesley Group is a specialist provider with schools, colleges and adult provision for people with autism and complex needs. Following their recent Ofsted Inspection for Education, Wilsic Hall School was given the rating of "Oustanding", a fantastic achievement for all involved. For more information, click here


Prior's Court
Prior's Court offer specialist autism services, supporting and developing young people with autism and complex learning difficulties. The School (5 to 19 years) and Young Adult Provision (19 to 25 years) offer personalised learning focussing on developing independence, life-skills, behaviour management, communication, choice-making, vocational skills and inclusion in the community. More


Sensory Technology Ltd are a specialist multi-sensory company within the design, manufacture and installation of sensory environments. Whether you require a sensory room, sensory garden, soft play area, hydrotherapy pool or padded room they are the first choice for many schools and organisations due to their outstanding service and affordability. More


AuKids magazine is a quarterly publication for parents of children with autism which won the Specialist Magazine of the Year Award in the Prolific North Awards 2015. AuKids is run by journalist Debby Elley, who has twins with autism, and speech and language therapist Tori Houghton. More


Bethany School is an independent, co-educational day and boarding school in Kent for pupils aged 11 to 18. The 60 acre rural campus is less than an hour by train to London, and Gatwick and Eurostar terminals are easily accessible. CReSTeD registered since 1994, Bethany’s Learning Support department has a well-deserved international reputation. Open Morning: 26 April 2016. More


CPD, training and events

Looking for development opportunities?
Do you or your colleagues work with children and adults with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties (SLD/PMLD)? If the answer is yes, you can apply now for the Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties programme at the University of Birmingham. The programme enables professionals/practitioners such as teachers, lecturers, nurses, therapists, psychologists and support staff who work in educational settings to develop their practice. Graduates work in specialist services such as special schools or colleges, as well as inclusive services in nurseries, mainstream schools and community education. The programme is offered through a combination of campus face-to-face and online learning, and can be taken at two levels: undergraduate (level H) and post-graduate (Level M). There are three core modules and successful study of these leads to either AdCert or PGCert. For more information, please visit: www.birmingham.ac.uk/spmld


Various dates (check website for details)
Learning By Doing
London
Following his popular training seminars and webinar last year, award-winning, specialist SEN solicitor Douglas Silas takes a closer look at the new SEN framework one year on, including how to deal with tricky issues. This training is CPD accredited but is aimed at both parents and professionals. More


Various dates and venues
Visual Interventions and Social Stories
A visual and auditory social and behavioural strategy for teaching and support staff working with learners with autism, Asperger syndrome, ADHD and related conditions. The aim of this fun, informative and effective workshop is to provide each delegate with a deeper knowledge and understanding of the needs of a range of learners and provide the skills necessary to create appropriate interventions.
£165 (ex-VAT) per delegate. Click here to book.


Various dates and venues
Helping learners who are Able/Gifted/Talented
A day course of strategies for teaching and support staff to engage, teach and include those who may be able/gifted/talented. The aim of this  fun, informative and effective workshop is to provide each delegate with a deeper knowledge and understanding of the needs of a range of learners and provide the skills necessary to create appropriate interventions.
£165 (ex-VAT) per delegate. Click here to book.


Various dates and venues
Dyslexia Day Course
Strategies for the effective inclusion of learners with for educators and/or support staff, designed to successfully include learners with dyslexia. This fun, informative and effective workshop will provide each delegate with a deeper knowledge and understanding of the needs of a range of learners and provide the skills necessary to create appropriate interventions.
£165 (ex-VAT) per delegate. Click here to book.


Various dates and venues
Helping Learners with Autism, Asperger Syndrome and ADHD Day Course
A day course of tried and tested strategies for teaching and support staff working with learners with autism, Asperger syndrome, ADHD and related conditions. The aim of this  fun, informative and effective workshop is to provide each delegate with a deeper knowledge and understanding of the needs of a range of learners and provide the skills necessary to create appropriate interventions.
£165 (ex-VAT) per delegate. Click here to book.


Various dates and venues
ADHD Day Course
Strategies for the effective inclusion of learners with ADHD; a day course for educators and/or support staff, designed to successfully include learners with ADHD/ADD and related conditions. This fun, informative and effective workshop provides each delegate with a deeper knowledge and understanding of the needs of learners with ADHD/ADD and provides the skills necessary to create appropriate interventions.
£165 (ex-VAT) per delegate. Click here to book.


Various dates and venues
Promoting Positive Behaviour Day Course
A day course for educators and/or support staff, designed to enable successful inclusion of individuals and groups whilst fully meeting the needs of their peers.
£165 (ex-VAT) per delegate. Click here to book.


Various dates
Autism and sport
25 February 2016: London
20 March 2016: Wales
12 April 2016: Birmingham
26 April 2016: York
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to autism, focusing on the delivery of sport. Aimed at those involved in delivering sport or physical activity, it will help delegates to recognise and understand the key areas of difference in autism, as well as looking at supportive strategies in practical situations in order to reduce the difficulties experienced by participants and session leaders. More


6 February 2016
Children in Turmoil: Derailed Development. Cutting-Edge Interventions to Put Them Back on Track
Conference
10.00 - 17.00
Cost: £174
The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913
Email CCMH
More


9 to 11 February 2016
AccessAbilities Expo 2016
Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre
AccessAbilities Expo 2016 is UAE’s premier event which aims to add value to the lives of 750 million people with disabilities worldwide, 50 million of whom are in the Middle East. More


12 February 2016
The Role of Nurture in Closing the Attainment Gap
Join NGN, an expert panel and attend workshops at this informative event. More 


13 February 2016
Child Protection: What You Need to Know About Keeping Children Safe and Working Ethically
Training
10.00 - 17.30
Cost: £150
The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913
Email CCMH
More


15 to 17 February 2016
Three-day Structured Teaching Course
A broad-based, intensive course which provides both the theoretical and practical applications of structured teaching. Ideal for professionals working with individuals with autism or parents/carers. Modules include the culture of autism, designing and implementing structure to support activities in the learning environment and the home, methods to encourage independent work, developing communication, social, vocational and leisure skills, the use of social stories and an introduction to assessment in relation to structured teaching. Delivered by TEACCH trainers with extensive practitioner experience.
£295 professionals and £145 parents/concessions.
Prior’s Court Training and Development Centre, Newbury, Berkshire
01635 247202/245911 
training@priorscourt.org.uk
www.priorscourt.org.uk


22 February 2016
Workshop on Personal Budgets
Seashell Trust in conjunction with In Control are holding a one-day workshop on personal budgets and their part in supporting children and young people with EHC plans. The event is open to families, carers and professionals and will take place on Monday 22 February 2016 at Edgeley Park. More


23 February 2016
Learning to wee and poo in the right place – continence problems in children with autism
London
This training course, organised by The National Autistic Society, will focus on the common toileting difficulties in children with autism, toileting training, specific continence issues and autism-related continence issues. The day will be presented by Dr Eve Fleming (Community Paediatrician) and Lorraine MacAlister (NAS). More


25 and 26 February 2016
Nasendoscopy Training for SLTs on Speech and Velopharyngeal Function
Three-day course aimed at providing comprehensive theoretical and practical training for SLTs. More


1 to 2 March 2016
The National Autistic Society’s Professional Conference

Telford
This annual two-day conference is a must for all professionals working with autism. It will give you a unique opportunity to discuss best practice and share learning. Expert speakers will present an overview of the changing environment and the latest developments in the field of autism. Delegates can choose seminars from four streams. Register early. More


1 to 3 March 2016
GESS Dubai – Bursting with Education Ideas
Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE
GESS Dubai is the Middle East’s leading educational show, offering access to the latest education technologies and solutions. The free to enter, three-day programme is designed for all educational professionals, presenting insight from international experts through diverse live demonstrations. More


2 to 4 March 2016
National FutureSchools Expo
Australian Technology Park, Sydney
National FutureSchools Expo is the largest education event in NSW. It consists of one central exhibition and five parallel conferences designed to tackle specific areas of the future school. More


5 March 2016
Enabling Children To Speak About Feelings Through Emotional Literacy Games And Exercises
Training day
10.00 - 17.30
Cost: £150
The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913
Email CCMH
More


9 March 2016
Understanding stress and anxiety in autism, and their impact on behaviour
London
New training course.
This new course, organised by The National Autistic Society, will help delegates understand the potential causes of stress and anxiety for people on the autism spectrum. It will examine the impact of anxiety on behaviour, and provide guidance on implementing changes to environments and practices to reduce stress. More


12 March 2016
Teenagers in Turmoil: Working Effectively with Anxiety, Depression and Anti-Social Behaviour
Conference
10.00 - 17.00
Cost: £174
The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913
Email CCMH
More


17 to 19 March 2016
The Education Show
NEC Birmingham
The Education Show 2016, the go-to event for CPD and learning resources, will be returning to NEC, Birmingham on 17 to 19 March, with a jam-packed programme of new content, inspiring training and development.
Thursday and Friday 9am - 5pm; Saturday 9am - 4pm. Free. To register, click here.


22 March 2016
Understanding and managing Feeding and Eating on the autism spectrum
Nottingham
This one-day course will focus on understanding and managing feeding and eating in individuals on the autism spectrum. It is written and presented by professionals from Birmingham Food Refusal Services who provide clinical and training services for food refusal. More


24 March February 2016
Henshaws Specialist College Open Day
Harrogate
Explore the College’s specialist facilities for living and learning on a campus tour, with a chance to speak to specialist staff and current students. Learn how Henshaws could support you to make your goals a reality. For more information and to book, email Henshaws College or call: 01423 886451. More


25 to 27 March 2016
Rehacare & Orthopedic Canton & Multi-discipline Rehab Treatment 2016 (R&OC+MDRT)

Poly World Trade Centre, Guangzhou, China
The leading trade fair of rehabilitation therapy, assistive technology, prosthetics and orthotics in Western Pacific Area. More


4 to 8 April 2016
TEACCH five-day course
Inspirational and intensive course combining active learning sessions with direct, supervised experience working with students with autism in a structured setting. Led by trainers from Division TEACCH, University of North Carolina and experienced practitioners and TEACCH trainers from Prior's Court Certified at Advanced Consultant Level and Certified at Practitioner Level.
Prior’s Court Training and Development Centre, Newbury, Berkshire
training@priorscourt.org.uk  01635 247202 More

9 April 2016
Life Story Work With Troubled Children And Teenagers with World-Leading Expert Richard Rose
Conference
10.00 - 16.30
Cost: £174
The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913
Email CCMH
More


20 to 22  April 2016
GESS Mexico – Bursting with Education Ideas
World Trade Center, Mexico City
This is the 2nd edition of GESS Mexico from GESS portfolio of world class education exhibitions and conferences. GESS is free of charge to attend, giving you the opportunity to experience innovative exhibits and demonstrations from industry experts on the very latest education technologies and solutions. More


30 and 31 May 2016
EduTECH
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
EduTECH is the largest education event in Southern Hemisphere and Asia-Pacific. It is the only event in Australia that brings together schools, tertiary, VET and workplace learning under one roof. More


3 to 5 June  2016
Balance/Auditory/Vision/eXercises "Bal-A-Vis-X workshop"
London
Three days of intensive training given by founder Bill Hubert.  Bal-A-Vis-X is a series of more than 300 Balance/Auditory/Vision eXercises of varied complexity all of which are deeply rooted in rhythm. Work shop for SENcos, OTs, TAs, HealthCare professionals and Parents. To See examples of the exercises and make booking visit website.
07766 837 616
www.integratedbrain.co.uk


13 to 15 June 2016
Three-day Structured Teaching course
A broad-based, intensive course which provides both the theoretical and practical applications of structured teaching. Ideal for professionals working with individuals with autism or parents/carers. Modules include the culture of autism, designing and implementing structure to support activities in the learning environment and the home, methods to encourage independent work, developing communication, social, vocational and leisure skills, the use of social stories and an introduction to assessment in relation to structured teaching. Delivered by TEACCH trainers with extensive practitioner experience.
£295 professionals and £145 parents/concessions.
Prior’s Court Training and Development Centre, Newbury, Berkshire
01635 247202/245911 
training@priorscourt.org.uk
www.priorscourt.org.uk


17 to 18 June, 24 to 25 June and 1 to 2 July 2016
The Autism Show in association with The National Autistic Society, sponsored by Hesley Group
ExCeL London, NEC Birmingham and EventCity Manchester
The Autism Show is the national event for autism, dedicated to the two million people in the UK who live and work with autism on a daily basis. Taking place in London, Birmingham and Manchester the event connects the growing autism community with the latest information, advice, products and services on the condition. At the event visitors can hear from the UK's leading autism professionals; discover 100s of products and services; listen to adults on the spectrum talk about their experiences; learn new strategies and approaches for home and the classroom; access one to one specialist advice; and interact with inspiring and thought-provoking features. Book tickets in advance and save 20 per cent at: www.autismshow.co.uk.

Douglas Silas Solicitors
The Hesley Group
NAS conferences
Prior's Court
Kidtection
Bal-A-Vis-X
University of Birmingham
The Autism Show
Timotay
Clicker 7
Jordan Publishing
The Learning Playground by Kompan
British Psychological Society
Aka Books
Centre for Child Mental Health
Which School? for special needs
EduTech
Access Abilities
National Future Schoolsd
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