SEN Newsletter March 2017     
 
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Featured stories

Living life to the Max
Helping young people with Down syndrome to be independent and contribute to society. More

People with mental health needs are hidden away
Children with SEN are being deprived of their right to education and community life. More


A tipping point for PDA
Is understanding and diagnosis of pathological demand avoidance changing? More


Who needs assistive technology?
How ICT can open up avenues to work for students with SEN. More


Building outdoor attitudes
The power of outdoor activities to inspire children and bring them together. More


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Featured organisations


SEN.fyi (App)
Everything You Wanted To Know About SEN – all in one place! Download this App free to your Smartphone or Tablet for iOS (on Apple App store) or Android (on Google Play store). 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 Playscapes create sensory bespoke playgrounds and playground equipment, helping to provide rehabilitating environments. Using natural materials and creative thinking they offer unrivalled playground solutions tailored to your needs. All products are manufactured in house for quality and longevity. Sensory outdoor play solutions are also available to buy. More


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 2016/17, available as an eBook: www.AGuideToTheSENDCodeOfPractice.co.uk


Hesley Group
For the last 25 years Hesley Group’s Fullerton House School has done great things, and Ofsted agree, rating them "Good" for their education and care in their last inspections. To arrange a visit or discuss a potential referral placement, call them on: 0800 055 6789 or visit the website. More


RM Flex
RM are the UK’s leading provider of IT support services for schools, with over 40 years of knowledge and experience.  They can provide a range of services from 3rd line support contracts through to a fully managed IT service to meet the bespoke and complex needs of SEN schools. More


Prior's Court
Prior's Court offers 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 focusing on developing independence, life-skills, behaviour management, communication, choice-making, vocational skills and inclusion in the community. More


Drums for Schools
Brand new SEN music range designed to get everyone actively engaged. The kits, instruments and innovative "musical clothing" are affordable, inclusive and accessible and, because they come with clearly written teaching support and access to experts, any practitioner or parent can start leading effective music-making sessions right away. www.drumsforschools.co.uk and www.soundchildren.co.uk


CPD, training and events


Various dates
Woodland Trainer 1 Day Course and Advanced Woodland Trainer
Various locations
Offers teachers and teaching assistants the opportunity to gain theoretical and practical understanding in woodland camp craft, to take back to their own specific working environment to benefit their students. More


Various dates
ADHD Course

Designed for educators and/or support staff to successfully include learners with ADHD/ADD and related conditions and provide effective strategies for inclusion of learners with ADHD. Various dates; see website for more details. More


Various dates
Helping Learners with Autism, Asperger Syndrome and ADHD Day Course
A workshop that offers visual, auditory, social and behavioural strategies for teaching and support staff working with learners with autism, Asperger syndrome (ASDs), attention deficit hyperactive (impulsive) disorder (ADHD) and related conditions. Various dates; see website for more details. More


Various dates
Autism/Asperger Syndrome Training
Strategies for effective inclusion of learners with autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs): a day course for teachers and/or support staff, designed to enable successful inclusion of learners with autism and Asperger Syndrome. Various dates; see website for more details. More


Various dates
Promoting Positive Behaviour
Designed to enable successful inclusion of a broad range of individuals and groups of learners including those with neurological conditions such as autism, Asperger syndrome, ADHD, ADD and related disorders whilst fully meeting the needs of their peers. Various dates and times; see website for more details. More


Various Dates
Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome (PDA) Workshop
A course that focuses particularly on the understanding that individuals with these conditions may communicate/present differently to neurotypical learners but can still achieve their potential with the implementation of appropriate interventions. Various dates and times; see website for more details. More


Various March and May 17
Understanding autism and introduction to the SPELL framework
14 March: London
25 May: Nottingham
This one-day course builds your knowledge of autism and how to support autistic children and adults using SPELL. More


7 March 2017
Special Educational Needs Conference
Copthorne Tara Hotel, London
This year's Special Educational Needs Conference is taking place on Tuesday 7 March at the Copthorne Tara Hotel, London. With an expert panel of speakers, this forward-thinking and interactive conference will leave you armed with the knowledge and advice to aid you in your day-to-day practice. Click here to book your place now.


11 March 2017
Out Of Control Children: Why, What to Do and How to Be
Conference
10.00 - 17.00
Cost: £174
The Centre for Child Mental Health

020 7354 2913
info@childmentalhealthcentre.org

www.childmentalhealthcentre.org


14 to 16 March 2017
GESS Dubai 2017
Providing educationalists of all levels three days of free to attend, inspirational and innovative content. GESS exhibitions and conferences enable educational suppliers and solutions providers to access important decision makers in the education sector. More


15 March 2017
Continence problems in children on the autism spectrum
Birmingham
Given by the authors of Toilet Training and the Autism Spectrum, this course is aimed at those working with autistic children who are experiencing difficulties with any aspect of toileting. More


16 to 18 March 2017
The Education Show

NEC, Birmigham
With a specialist SEN seminar programme alongside hours of free CPD covering all aspects of education, the Education Show offers the fastest route to cost effective professional development. The peer-led programme highlights effective pedagogies and the latest research. To find out more, click here


18 March 2017
Why and How? 2017: Engaging children with special educational needs in creative experiences and making art
Royal Academy of Arts, London
This conference provides a space for attendees to consider approaches and develop ideas around the nature and value of creative engagement for children with SEND.
10am - 6pm. More


22 and 23 March 17
Socialeyes Facilitator Training
Birmingham
Socialeyes is an innovative approach to learning social skills and developing social understanding for people on the autism spectrum. More


28 to 30 March 2017 
Naidex
NEC, Birmingham
The 43rd installment of the biggest event in the disability and care sector. Visitors can expect a strong educational focus, one-to-one advice and expert guidance, a dedicated children and young people zone with demo arena, and the latest innovations and advancements in research and support. To register for your free ticket, click here.


Various April and May 2017
Understanding stress and anxiety in autism and their impact on behaviour
26 April: London
19 May: Manchester

This one-day course looks at how you can help autistic children and adults to reduce stress and anxiety, how to understand their behaviour, and how to support them during difficult times.
More


1 April 2017
Life Story Work with Troubled Children and Teenagers
Conference with world-leading expert Richard Rose

10.00 - 16.30
Cost: £174
The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913
info@childmentalhealthcentre.org

www.childmentalhealthcentre.org


8 April 2017
Enabling Children to Speak About Feelings Through Emotional Literacy Games and Exercises
Training
10.00 - 17.00
Cost: £150
The Centre for Child Mental Health

020 7354 2913
info@childmentalhealthcentre.org

www.childmentalhealthcentre.org


22 April 2017
Treating Trauma - Key Interventions for Emotional and Physiological Regulation (Children, Teenagers and Adults)
Conference
10.00 - 17.00
Cost: £174

The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913
info@childmentalhealthcentre.org

www.childmentalhealthcentre.org


26 to 28 April 2017
GESS Mexico – We Love Education

World Trade Center, Mexico City, Pepsi Center
The third 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


27 and 28 April 2017
Rebound Therapy for SEN, Open College Network Level 2
Birmingham
Accredited course for all staff, parents, professionals interested in using a trampoline for Rebound Therapy. More


28 April 2017
AAC and Literacy Study Day
Saunderton, Bucks
For professionals and others supporting children with complex needs (and SLCN) who use high or low tech communication aids (inc symbols), in mainstream or specialist provision. Easy by car and train. Also free tech roadshows nationwide in 2017. For info and booking, click here


4 May 2017   
Intensive Interaction
London
Covers the communication needs of people who have not achieved use nor perhaps understanding of speech and may be "difficult to reach" in various ways. More


15 May 2017
Masterclass with Dr Stephen Porges. Child Trauma: Connectedness, Emotional Regulation and the Polyvagal Theory
10.00 - 16.00
Cost: £174
The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913
info@childmentalhealthcentre.org
www.childmentalhealthcentre.org


18 May 2017
An Introduction to Sherborne Developmental Movement – Certificate Level 1
Derby
The Sherborne Developmental approach to physical education and relationship play for children with SEN. More


23 May 2017
Autism and mental health conference
Reading
Featuring Professor Tony Attwood and Wenn Lawson. This conference will prepare you to identify and provide targeted support for children and adults with an autism spectrum disorder who have mental health difficulties. More


Summer 2017, from the 23 May
Introduction to working with individuals on the autism spectrum, with the University of Cumbria
Lancaster
A practice-based course, validated at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, it explores ways of working with people with autism and Asperger syndrome in range of settings. More


Various June 2017
LEGO®-based therapy

5 June: Bristol
6 June: Manchester
8 June: York
9 June: Birmingham

One day course focusing on the practical application of LEGO®-based therapy in schools and community settings. The course is ideally suited to those wishing to set up LEGO®-based therapy groups. More


9 to 11 June 2017
KIDS EXPO 2017
Poly World Trade Centre in Gungzhou, China
2017 China Preschool Education Conference and 8th International Kid’s Education Expo. More


13 June 2017
Autism and Technology
Manchester
This conference will look at how technology can be used to facilitate real life interactions and what it means to be a person with autism growing up in a high-tech world. More


14 to 16 June 2017
Three-Day Structured Teaching Course

Practical strategies for autism professionals and parents. Includes designing and implementing structure in learning environments and the home, methods for building communication, social, vocational and leisure skills and the use of social stories and assessment.
£295 professionals and £145 parents/concessions
Prior’s Court Training and Development Centre, Newbury, Berkshire
01635 245911

training@priorscourt.org.uk
www.priorscourt.org.uk


16 June 2017
Understanding autism and introduction to the SPELL Framework to support people in higher education
London
This one-day introductory course builds your knowledge of autism and how to support autistic students at university. This course meets certain BIS criteria. More


16 and 17 June 2017 
The Autism Show in association with The National Autistic Society
ExCeL London
The Autism Show, the national event for autism (including Asperger syndrome), attracts over 10,000 parents, carers, and professionals looking for the latest autism information, practical advice, products and services on the condition. 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. All content is CPD accredited. 
To book your tickets now and save 20 per cent, click here


22 June 2017
Technology for Inclusion - Physical meets digital: technology-enabled real world learning
London
Focuses on how computers, mobile devices and assistive technologies can help overcome barriers to learning, and promote independence and inclusion. More


22 June 2017
PDA – strategies for schools
London
This course will explore the potential sensory differences experienced by children and adults on the autism spectrum, exploring potential strategies to support these differences. More


23 and 24 June 2017 
The Autism Show in association with The National Autistic Society
NEC Birmingham
The Autism Show, the national event for autism (including Asperger syndrome), attracts over 10,000 parents, carers, and professionals looking for the latest autism information, practical advice, products and services on the condition. 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. All content is CPD accredited. To book your tickets now and save 20 per cent, click here.


23 to 25 June 2017
3-Day TEACCH Training Course  
TEACCH 3 DAY training course led by Professor Gary Mesibov, former Director of Div. TEACCH. More


26 to 27 June 2017
2-Day SCERTS Training
An introduction and application and assessment using the SCERTS framework Led By Emily Rubin, MS, CCC-SLP Director, Communication Crossroads. More


26 to 27 June 2017
2-Day Social Stories Training
Carol Gray, consultant to individuals with autism and founder. Team Social Stories™ have helped individuals with autism of all ages understand and respond more effectively to daily interactions and events. More


26 to 28 June 2017
3-Day TEACCH Training Course

TEACCH 3 DAY training course led by Professor Gary Mesibov, former Director of Div. TEACCH. More


29 to 30 June 2017
2-Day SCERTS Training
An introduction and application and assessment using the SCERTS framework Led By Emily Rubin, MS, CCC-SLP Director, Communication Crossroads. More


30 June to 1 July 2017 
The Autism Show in association with The National Autistic Society
EventCity Manchester
The Autism Show, the national event for autism (including Asperger syndrome), attracts over 10,000 parents, carers, and professionals looking for the latest autism information, practical advice, products and services on the condition. 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. All content is CPD accredited. To book your tickets now and save 20 per cent, click here.


6 and 7 July 2017
engage in their future National Conference
Copthorne Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne
An essential event for those working in the SEMH education sector. Keynote speakers Dr Andrew Curran, Bernard Allen, Karen Ferguson and Zoe Lodrick will consider "Working With the Whole: Mind, Body and Brain". Also includes workshops, Teach Meet and networking opportunities. More


19 October 2017
Understanding and supporting individuals on the autism spectrum with eating challenges
Birmingham
Written and presented by professionals from Birmingham Food Refusal Services, this course will discuss eating issues in autism and will look at different strategies for intervention. More

Douglas Silas Solicitors
Prior's Court

Drums for Schools
NAS
Equals
RM
Autism Independent
Timotay
British Psychological Society
Centre for Child Mental Health
Naidex 2017
The Autism Show
Education Show 2017
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