SEN Newsletter September 2016     
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  • creative arts
  • professional support for teachers
  • spina bifida and hyrdrocephalus
  • alternative therapies
  • epilepsy
  • mobility/wheelchairs
  • attachment
  • parents' rights
  • SEN legal Q&A
  • CPD
  • recruitment
    and much more...

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Featured stories

SEN advice, information and support

SEN information, advice and support
How to find out what you need to know about SEN. More

Mental health breakdown
Changes to children’s mental health provision are faltering. More

Leading role
Is it time to re-evaluate the SENCO’s place in our schools? More

In a class of their own
One school’s journey to becoming attachment-friendly. More

Identifying dyslexia
What are dyslexia assessments and screenings and why are they important? More

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Featured organisations

Free introductory weekend with the Lake District Calvert Trust 
If you are an SEN teacher or SENCO who wants to see how a residential outdoor activity course could work for your school or college, you might want to take up Calvert Trust’s offer of a free multi-activity introductory weekend. 

You can experience first-hand how their educational courses offer life-changing experiences for those with physical, learning and sensory disabilities. 

Limited places are still available. Dates for this year’s intro weekend are Friday 18 to Sunday 20 November 2016. 

For more information, including qualification criteria, call: 017687 72255 or click here. 

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. Many packs now endorsed by the ISEB. More (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

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

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 SEND Code of Practice', updated for 2015/16, available as an eBook:

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

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

CPD, training and events

Professionals Awards - calling for entries now
The Autism Professionals Awards have been created to recognise and reward services and professionals who are leading the way in innovative autism practice and making a real difference to the lives of autistic people in the UK. More

The Autism Spectrum (Web Autism) distance learning programme
Are you working or living with children or adults with autism? Would you like to gain a recognised qualification in autism theory and practice? The University of Birmingham is the leading provider of degree-level education in autistic spectrum disorders in the UK. The Autism Spectrum (Web Autism) distance learning programme is a web-based part-time, distance learning programme completed over a year of study, earning 60 credits at Level C (equivalent to the first six months of an undergraduate degree). It is ideal for those working with children and adults on the autism spectrum, including Asperger syndrome, and learning support assistants, support staff and parents will find the programme particularly helpful. For further information, click here, email Dr Kerstin Wittemeyer or call 0121 415 8148.

Various dates
Bespoke Inset Training Days

Inset training catered to your organisation’s specific needs. Highly successful, personalised SEN training to a range of environments. See website for more details. More

Various Dates
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. See website for details. More

Various Dates
Dyslexia Day Course
Strategies for the effective inclusion of learners with for educators and/or support staff, designed to successfully include learners with dyslexia. More

Various Dates
Autism/Asperger Syndrome Training
Strategies for effective inclusion of learners with autistic spectrum disorders. For teachers and support staff, this day-course is designed to enable successful inclusion of learners with autism and Asperger syndrome. More

Various Dates
Promoting Positive Behaviour
A day course for educators and support staff, designed to enable successful inclusion of individuals and groups whilst fully meeting the needs of their peers. More

10 September 2016
Nurturing Touch: How to Incorporate Positive Touch Experiences into Children's Lives Through Games, Action Stories and Child/Peer Massage
Training day
10.00 - 17.30
Cost: £150
The Centre for Child Mental Health

020 7354 2913

10 September 2016
Helping Children and Teenagers with Stress, Anxiety and Everyday Worries
10.00 - 17.00
Cost: £174
The Centre for Child Mental Health

020 7354 2913

14 to 16 September 2016
GESS Indonesia – Shaping the Future of Education
Jakarta Convention Center, Indonesia
Building on the global brand and expertise to serve Indonesia’s booming education industry, GESS exhibitions and conferences enable educational suppliers and solutions providers to access important decision makers in the education sector. More

15 September 2016
Kidz to Adultz Scotland

Highland Hall, Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, EH28 8NB
A free event supporting children and young adults up to 25yrs with disabilities and additional needs, their families, carers and professionals. 80+ exhibitors. Free accredited CPD seminars. Free entry.
9.30am - 4.30pm
Tel: 0161 607 8200

4 October 2016
Understanding autism and introduction to the SPELL framework
This one-day introductory course builds your knowledge of autism and how to support autistic children and adults. SPELL is a framework for understanding and responding to autistic people’s needs. It will allow you to develop better practice and use evidence-based strategies to support autistic children and adults. This course is ideal for anyone who works with autistic children or adults and wants to know more about autism and supportive approaches. Other dates and in house training available. More

5 October 2016
Pathological Demand Avoidance syndrome

Information on PDA is extremely limited. This National Autistic Society’s conference provides a rare opportunity to learn about the disorder. This is a very popular event, so book your place early. More

6 October 2016
Pathological Demand Avoidance syndrome

This one-day conference is a rare opportunity to learn about PDA. It will discuss the diagnostic criteria and education, management and communication strategies. More

7 October 2016
A Day with World-Leading Expert Dr Bessel Van Der Kolk. Healing The Traumatised Mind, Brain and Body – Effective Evidence Based Interventions
10.00 - 16.30
Cost: £174
The Centre for Child Mental Health

020 7354 2913

7 October 2016
Understanding and supporting individuals on the autism spectrum with eating challenges
This one-day course, organised by The National Autistic Society, will focus on understanding and supporting individuals on the autism spectrum with eating challenges. More

7 to 8 October 2016

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 over 200 exhibitors, thousands of SEN resources, live demonstrations, free workshops, and money-saving offers! More 

8 October 2016
RNIB College Loughborough Family Open Day

Have a fun day out and find out what the College has to offer young people with vision impairment and additional disabilities!
10am until 2pm. More

11 October 2016
Understanding challenging behaviour
This one-day conference will present the latest research and best practice in understanding and responding to behaviour that challenges in children and adults with autism. More

11 to 13 October 2016
Beyond the Basics: Advanced Applications of TEACCH
A three-day seminar for those who have completed the Five-Day TEACCH course wishing to develop TEACCH practitioner skills and build the competencies to consult, mentor and train other professionals in the TEACCH philosophy. 
Prior’s Court Training & Development Centre. More

15 October 2016
About Autism
The Floral Pavilion, New Brighton
10.00 - 16.00
Tickets £5. Under 16s free. For further information, email
 About Autism

17 to 21 October 2016
Five-Day TEACCH Course
Inspirational and intensive course combining active learning sessions and supervised experience working with students with autism in a structured setting. Suitable for SEN professionals and practitioners.
Prior’s Court Training & Development Centre. More

24 to 27 October 2016
SEN Holiday Camps for 6 to 12 year olds in SW London
Structured, fun activities for mild-moderate special needs.
Timings: 9.30am to 3.30pm.
Cost: £60/day (+VAT). Discounted to £50/day (+VAT) for the week. Council funding available.
020 7164 6397

1 November 2016
Autism-friendly design
What challenges face architects and designers who plan and create environments, homes and technology for autistic people? This conference will examine the issues and find solutions. More

3 November 2016
Policy priorities for SEND
Central London
CPD certified event. This seminar will discuss early indications of the joint Ofsted-CQC inspection framework and look at measures to improve educational assessment of children with SEND. More

9 to 10 November 2016

At EduTECH Asia 2016, over 2,000 policy makers and educators from across Asia will be gathering. Hear from 100+ inspirational speakers and explore the latest education technology solutions. More

12 November 2016
Henshaws Specialist College Open Day
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

14 November 2016
Understanding and supporting an Autism Spectrum Disorder
This Lorna Wing Centre’s course is designed for professionals who are not clinically qualified to carry out diagnoses but where it is important that they have a good understanding about it. It is recommended for SENCOs, teachers and other school staff. More

15 November 2016
Women and girls on the autism spectrum

Get up to date with the latest research and practice in diagnosis and support for autistic women and girls. With three different seminar streams to choose from – mental health, education and relationships – delegates can select the seminars which are most relevant to their work. More

22  November 2016
Understanding stress and anxiety in autism, and their impact on behaviour
This one-day, CPD certified 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

25 November 2016
Autism and social skills conference

Dealing with other people can be stressful, anxiety-inducing and often puzzling if you’re autistic. Look at why this is, and how we can use training and technology to help. More

8 to 10 December 2016
SEN Theatre at Learning and Teaching Expo 2016

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Free admission and online pre-registration is now open at:

11 January 2017
NAS Masterclass with Tony Attwood – How I adapt the diagnostic process for girls and women on the autism spectrum


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

26 January to 27 January 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

20 to 24 February 2017
Five-Day TEACCH Course
Inspirational and intensive course combining active learning sessions with supervised experience with students with autism in a structured setting. Suitable for SEN professionals and practitioners.

Prior’s Court Training & Development Centre. More

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 June 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 June 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

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