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Featured stories

Learning to love
The highs and lows of adopting children with SEN. More

More than just talking
Tops tips on how to communicate with people who are non-verbal. More

Hearts and minds
How to support students with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. More

Inequalities in hospital care
Children with SEN have a poorer experience of hospital than their peers. More

Shining a Light on SLCN
Best practice in supporting kids with speech, language and communication needs. More

For the latest stories, visit:

Featured organisations

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.

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. Eligible holders of a BPS Test User: Educational, Ability/Attainment (CCET) qualification may progress to do the Access Arrangements Course (AAC). 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. Toys available include puppets, sensory lights, puzzles, soft toys and co-ordination games. 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

Crick Software will be showcasing its innovative range of literacy support software and apps on stand P59 at the TES SEN Show in London later this month. Highlights include Crick’s exciting new AAC app for iPad, Clicker Communicator, and exclusive show-only discounts for the multi award-winning Clicker 6. More

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

LVS Oxford and LVS Hassocks schools for young people with autism and Asperger’s provide day and weekly residential places. Meet staff and learners and have a look around at one of their Tour Days: 01865 595170 for LVS Oxford or: 01273 832901 for LVS Hassocks. More

The Hesley GroupCelebrating 40 years, the Hesley Group provides flexible, specialist residential services, schools and colleges. The Hesley Group aims to offer the best possible care, education and support for young people and adults, often with autism, who have a learning disability and complex needs including behaviour that may challenge. More

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

Seashell Trust provides outstanding education and care services for children and young people with complex communication and learning needs including autism and multi-sensory impairment. Its specialist on-site assessment and leisure facilities enhance and extend the curriculum. Individual programmes are designed by a multi-disciplinary team and delivered by qualified and experienced staff. More

AuKids magazine, a quarterly publication for parents of children with autism, has won the Specialist Magazine of the Year Award in the Prolific North Awards, the largest media gathering outside London.

The not for profit magazine provides practical and inspiring advice presented in an upbeat way. Judges praised its “innovative, colourful style and its sense of humour”. 

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, Heathrow and Eurostar terminals are easily accessible. Bethany’s DLS department has a well-deserved international reputation. Open Mornings: 6 February and 26 April 2016. More

Texthelp are leaders in assistive and language learning software. Their Read&Write family of products are used daily by millions of struggling readers and writers,  particularly dyslexic and EAL students – in the classroom, examinations and at home. For more information visit:

CPD, training and events

Active for autism
Improving sport and physical activity opportunities for people with autism by delivering training to sports professionals through an online module, face to face delivery and bespoke packages. Email Active for Autism 

CPD accredited online training
Autism, sport and physical activity online module is available as part of the Active for Autism project. The online module introduces autism focussing on the delivery of sport and physical activity. More

Autism and sport consultancy
Sports professionals can arrange bespoke consultancy and audit packages dedicated to their needs to help them involve people with autism in sports and physical activity. More

Various Dates (check website for details)
Learning By Doing
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 October 2015 to February 2016
8 Oct: Carlisle
8 Dec: Manchester
14 Jan: London Edmonton
19 Jan: Brighouse (nr Huddersfield)
26 Jan: Banbury
27 Jan: Chesterfield
3 Feb: Gateshead
10 Feb: Reading
Strategies for the effective inclusion of learners with for educators and/or support staff, designed to successfully include learners with dyslexia. More

Various October 2015 to January 2016
Become A Raviv Method Practitioner in Overcoming Learning & AD(H)D Difficulties
Weekend 1: 31 October and 1 November 2015
Weekend 2: 28 and 29 November 2015
Weekend 3: 16 and 17 January 2016
Therapists, teachers and parents are invited to enrol to our London course, which will take place over three weekends. The Raviv Method works amazingly well to address key learning skills and specific learning difficulties, including: dyslexia, AD(H)D, dyspraxia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia. The method is focused and rapid: the length of program for correcting learning disabilities is four to six months. More

Various October 2015 to January 2016
Understanding autism and introduction to the SPELL Framework
7 Oct: Manchester
3 Dec: London

28 Jan: Nottingham
The course, organised by The National Autistic Society, will provide an overview of the autism spectrum and focus on providing effective support for individuals with autism, based on The National Autistic Society’s SPELL framework. More 

Various October 2015 to April 2016
Autism and sport: one-day theory and practical combined

31 October: Sheffield
10 November: Ayr

12 April: Birmingham

26 April: York
The course, organised by The National Autistic Society, provides a comprehensive introduction to autism, focusing on the delivery of sport. 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

9 and 10 October 2015

Business Design Centre, London
Make sure you don’t miss out on this vital event. Register for your free fast-track entry badge today, for access to: both show days, over 200 exhibitors, thousands of SEN resources, live demonstrations, free workshops, and money-saving offers. More

9 to 11 October 2015
9th Biennial Conference of the Asia Pacific Society of Speech, Language and Hearing (APSSLH)
Guangzhou, China
The theme of APCSLH 2015 is "Education, Research and Clinical Service: Within and Beyond Asia and the Pacific" and it will be focusing on the issues of training, research, and practice of the speech, language and hearing science within and beyond the Asia Pacific Rim, benefiting more people with speech, language and hearing disorders. More
Email for details.

13 October 2015
Autism, relationships and puberty conference

At this conference, organised by The National Autistic Society, you will learn tools and strategies to help you talk confidently about relationships with children and adults with autism. Also featuring interactive seminars on keeping people safe, puberty and the legal framework for teachers. More

13 and 14 October 2015
Autism and sport – two day course

This two day training course is for anyone involved in delivering sport or physical activity and who wants to develop an awareness and understanding of autism. More 

15 October 2015
Optimus Education’s Early 
Years SEN: Identification and Intervention conference
ILEC Conference Centre, London
Meet increased responsibilities under the SEND Code of Practice, improve communication with parents and learn how to identify need early. Book using promotional code SEN15 and receive 20% off your place. For more information, phone: 0207 954 3410, email: Sebastian Treasure or visit:

19 to 23 October 2015
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 TEACCH trainers from Division TEACCH and trainers from Prior’s Court with extensive training and experience with the TEACCH approach following more than seven years working with Division TEACCH.
Price of course to be confirmed.
Prior’s Court Training and Development Centre, Newbury, Berkshire  01635 247202  More

Various November 2015 to January 2016
Visual Interventions and Social Stories Training
18 Nov: London Victoria
26 Nov: Coventry
10 Dec: Halifax

13 Jan: London Edmonton
A visual and auditory social and behavioural strategy for teaching and support staff working with learners with autism, Asperger syndrome, ADHD and related conditions. More

Various November 2015 to January 2016
ADHD/ADD Training
17 Nov: King’s Lynn
2 Dec: Gateshead

21 Jan: South Mimms
Strategies for the effective inclusion of learners with for educators and/or support staff, designed to successfully include learners with ADHD. More

Various November 2015 to February 2016
Promoting Positive Behaviour Training    

24 Nov: Liverpool
3 Dec: Sheffield
9 Feb: Reading

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. More

1 to 3 November 2015
Saudi Conference for Hearing and Speech 2015
The first Saudi Conference for Hearing and Speech 2015 aims at raising the efficiency in the field of speech, language and hearing sciences by orating the most recent innovations, trends, concerns, practical challenges encountered to achieve progress in the field. More

4 November 2015
Learning to wee and poo in the right place – continence problems in children with autism
The course 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

6 November 2015
ADHD Foundation National Conference
Interested in how to achieve outstanding outcomes for learners with a range of neurodevelopmental conditions? Go to the ADHD Foundation National Conference in Liverpool on 6 November. For more information, contact:

10 November 2015
Understanding and supporting challenging behaviour conference


This conference features key speakers who will discuss factors which can trigger behaviours for children and adults with autism which can be difficult for other people to deal with. Key topics include: strategies to reduce stress and anxiety, reducing restrictive practices, toileting issues, managing aggression at school and risk assessment and management. More 

11 November 2015
Sensory considerations course


This course will explore the sensory differences that may be experienced by children and adults on the autism spectrum and strategies to support these differences. This course will help you in identifying and making changes to your practice which will positively support the sensory needs of children with autism. More

14 November 2015
Henshaws Leisure, Lifestyle and Work Fair
Free transitions event in Harrogate for young people with disabilities and additional support needs. Exhibitors from organisations across Yorkshire will provide advice on making plans for the future and accessing local activities. For more information and to book, email Henshaws College or call: 01423 886451. More

17 November 2015
Autism and communication conference

This conference will discuss the types of communication difficulties that people on the autism spectrum can experience, as well as the various tools and strategies to help support verbal and non-verbal communication. Key topics include: atypical language development, intensive interaction, using IT, enabling people with severe difficulties to communicate. More

19 November 2015
Kidz to Adultz up North

EventCity, Manchester M17 8AS
Supporting children and young adults up to the age of 25 with disabilities and additional needs. Free entry, fully accessible venue and parking. 150+ exhibitors, free CPD and topical seminars. For visitors free entry tickets, email: Disabled Living or tel: 0161 607 8200. More

Various December 2015 to February 2016
Various Autism/Asperger Syndrome Training

1 Dec: Brighouse (nr Huddersfield)
20 Jan: South Mimms
28 Jan: Leicester

4 Feb: Gateshead 
Strategies for effective inclusion of learners with autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs): for teachers and/or support staff, designed to enable successful inclusion of learners with autism and Asperger syndrome. More

10 - 12 December 2015
Learning and Teaching Expo
Hong Kong
Attend SEN keynotes and seminars, and discover resources for teachers of students with SEN. Register online at:

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


This annual two-day conference is a unique opportunity for professionals 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 before 20 November to benefit from the early booking rate. 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

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 TEACCH trainers from Division TEACCH and trainers from Prior’s Court with extensive training and experience with the TEACCH approach following more than seven years working with Division TEACCH.
Price of course to be confirmed.
Prior’s Court Training and Development Centre, Newbury, Berkshire  01635 247202  More

30 and 31 May 2016
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

Douglas Silas Solicitors
The Hesley Group
NAS conferences
Prior's Court
NAS Active
Clicker 6

LVS Oxford
TES SEN Show 2015
The Learning Playground by Kompan

Seashell Trust
British Psychological Society
Which School? for special needs
1st Saudi Conference for Hearing and Speech
Learning and teaching expo 2015
National Future Schoolsd
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