SEN Newsletter September 2018    
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Featured stories

A culture of success for dyslexics

A culture of success for dyslexics

Enabling learners with dyslexia to achieve at school. More

Positive about autism
How can we help children with autism to feel good about themselves? More

Seeing the future
Supporting blind young people to adapt to changes in their lives. More

Parents need support too
Stress management for families. More

What’s going on with SEN law?
Broken deadlines and spiralling complaints are not what the SEN reforms were meant to deliver. More

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Featured organisations (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 (BPS) 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

Braveheart Education
Looking to truly understand children and young people who have experienced significant trauma in their lives and help them to achieve? BraveHeart live with the daily impact of adverse childhood experiences and know there are ways to help. Download their free e-book to find out more. Click here.

SpaceKraft develop and manufacture a full range of sensory products that provide genuine solutions to meet the changing needs of their customers. Drawing on the expertise of professionals working in the field, SpaceKraft has created an unrivalled range of sensory products. Call them on: 01274 581007 to receive a free catalogue or click here to visit their website.

Anglia Ruskin University
You’re dedicated, pioneering and understanding; ARU is made for you. They offer an exciting and innovative postgraduate course in Special Educational Needs and Disability. It is offered from their Chelmsford campus with start dates of January and September. To find out more, click here.

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 is a popular resource used by thousands of parents/professionals. Douglas also authors "A Guide to the SEND Code of Practice", updated for 2018/19, available as an eBook:

CPD, training and events

The Skills Network – Fully Funded Courses
Gain an accredited qualification at no-cost, through funded distance learning courses. Further your career with a course in: Understanding Autism, Specific Learning Difficulties, Common Childhood Illnesses, Children and Young People’s Mental Health. Study in your own time via flexible e-learning or paper resources. More

Online Education from New Skills Academy
New Skills Academy pride themselves on providing the best online education courses to further your career. Their experienced tutors have meticulously created some incredibly well received diplomas. Their diverse portfolio includes courses in the following areas: Autism Awareness Diploma; ADHD Diploma; Asperger Syndrome Awareness Diploma. Use code SEN80 for up to an 80% discount on all courses this month. More

12 September 2018
Autism and Mental Health Conference

This conference will give you tools and strategies to identify and provide targeted support for autistic children and adults who have mental health difficulties. More

18 to 20 September 2018
Selective Mutism 2 or 3 Day Masterclass
Delivered by UK expert Maggie Johnson. Receive materials to cascade to others.
Prices from £350. More

21 September 2018
Bilingual Children with Speech and Language Difficulties
An inspirational day giving clear pointers for identification and management. For school and advisory practitioners. Led by Dr Sean Pert of Manchester University.
£215 or £190 if two book together.

22 September 2018
Bullying: Effective Tools and Hands-on Interventions
10.00 - 17.00
Cost: £165

The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913

26 September 2018
Understanding stress and anxiety in autism and their impact on behaviour
A one-day course that explores 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

26 to 27 September 2018
Independent Living Scotland
SEC, Glasgow
Register now for Independent Living Scotland, the must-attend event for Scottish healthcare professionals, carers and individuals or families living with, or supporting, those with a disability. Free entry and free parking. To register today, click here. 

29 September 2018
The Promise and the Pain of Social Media, Self Harm and Other Health-Harming Behaviours
Conference: building resilience and health-healing alternatives
10.00 - 17.00
Cost: £183
The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913

2 October 2018
Autism and continence
Focusing on the common toileting difficulties in autistic children. It aims to explore why autistic children may find learning to use the toilet difficult, as well as more specific continence issues. More

2 to 3 October 2018
Makaton Safeguarding Workshop
An in-depth progression route for settings already on-board with Makaton. Takes practice to a new level with safeguarding at centre of planning. £240.00. More

3 October 2018
Autism and eating challenges
This course will examine and explore the common patterns of eating in autistic children and evidence and practice-based strategies for intervention. More

4 October 2018
Sensory Considerations
The autistic sensory world can have an impact on people’s daily life and behaviour. This course helps you understand more about this and learn practical ways of giving positive support. More

5 to 6 October 2018
The TES SEN Show
The Tes SEN Show has 42 CPD-certified seminars at the show, each designed to boost your professional development and impart the latest knowledge in SEN. Learn from some of the leading names in the sector, while also enjoying free features and an exhibition hall packed with 150+ exhibitors. More

6 October 2018
Therapeutic Stories for Troubled Children: How to Write One and Get Published
Afternoon Conference
14.00 - 17.00
Cost: £80
The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913

8 to 14 October 2018
Special Yoga for Special Children
In-depth seven-day course to provide you with the confidence and tools to encourage the child’s full potential to flourish. No yoga experience necessary. More

9 October 2018
Stress and Anxiety
This one-day course explores 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

9 to 10 October 2018
EduTECH Asia 2018

Suntec, Singapore
Join 300+ Speakers at EduTECH Asia and discover key pedagogies and technologies transforming K-12, Tertiary, SEN and ECE education in Asia. More

11 October 2018
PDA – strategies for school
This one-day course, delivered by Jilly Davis, is for school staff who are supporting children with PDA (pathological demand avoidance). More

11 October 2018
Music and Drama Education Expo | Manchester

Europe’s leading conference for music and drama teachers returns to Manchester! The day features expert-led CPD workshops (including dedicated SEND sessions) and exhibition stands from leading arts organisations. Book free tickets at:

12 October 2018
Autism - The current evidence base and implications for practice
Update on new and significant research with clear pointers regarding approaches. This day with Dr Dougal Hare of Cardiff University gets superb feedback. £215. More

13 October 2018
Enabling Children to Speak About Feelings Through Emotional Literacy Games and Exercises
10.00 - 17.00
Cost: £165
The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913

16 to 18 October 2018
Advanced Applications of TEACCH: "Beyond the Basics"
Next step for TEACCH practitioners in pathway to Certified Practitioner accreditation. Stimulating and motivational three-day course to extend skills to consult, mentor and train other professionals in the TEACCH philosophy and strategies. Not available elsewhere outside the US TEACCH – early booking recommended.
£795 professional/parent
Prior’s Court Training and Development Centre, Newbury, Berkshire
01635 245911

22 to 26 October 2018
Five-Day TEACCH Course

Inspirational, intensive course combining active learning sessions with direct experience working with students with autism. Led by trainers from Division TEACCH, University of North Carolina and experienced practitioners and TEACCH trainers from Prior's Court. Course runs twice a year in February and October. Places limited so early booking advised.
£1295 professionals/parents.
Prior’s Court Training and Development Centre, Newbury, Berkshire
01635 245911

30 October 2018
Autism in Women and Girls conference
At this conference The NAS will be bringing together experts to explore how autism presents in women and girls, and how to better support autistic women. More

30 to 31 October 2018
5th Education Experts, Developing the future of education
Abu Dhabi
The objective of the conference is to enhance and create a more informed understanding on the opportunities, issues and approaches for the education sector in the UAE Region. To register, contact Lorraine at: or call: +9714 4489941

November 2018
Postgraduate certificate in autism and Asperger syndrome
This popular postgraduate certificate in autism and Asperger syndrome is run with Sheffield Hallam University.

5 to 6 November 2018
Special Yoga for Cerebral Palsy and PMLD
Discover adaptive yoga practices for challenging physical limitations plus techniques to help relieve tension, pain and reduce spasms, giving a greater sense of comfort. More

7 November 2018
Special Yoga for Children and Young People with Hearing / Visual Impairment
Learn how to adapt movement, use the breath, understand the child’s sensory perception, and how to use healing and therapeutic touch and the vibration of sound. More

8 November 2018
Kidz to Adultz North
EventCity, Manchester
A free exhibition dedicated to children and young adults up to 25 years with disabilities and additional needs, their families, carers and the professionals who support them. 180+ exhibitors, free CPD accredited seminars, Funding Point, Innovation Hub, activities and competitions. 9.30am - 4.30pm.
To register for free tickets, click here.
Contact: 0161 607 8200

10 November 2018
Working with Highly Defended Children and Challenging Behaviour
Conference with international attachment expert Dr Dan Hughes.
10.00 - 16.00
Cost: £183
The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913

14 November 2018
Special Educational Needs Conference : Innovations in inclusive learning
University of Salford
Hear the latest developments in SEND provision and support, advice for parents, teachers and other public sector staff. The conference will include opportunities to question, discuss and debate latest policies, projects and frameworks, and share stories and experiences. To view the agenda, click here. For details and complimentary tickets, e-mail:

15 November 2018
Key issues for STEM in Higher Education - meeting the needs of industry, curriculum design and increasing diversity
: Central London
This seminar will examine the future of STEM in higher education – focusing on widening participation, meeting the demands of industry, designing interdisciplinary university curricula, and supporting progression to higher level study and employment. More

16 November 2018
The National Education Show
Cardiff City Hall
The National Education Show provides attendees with the knowledge, resources and expert guidance to develop great learners, with over 40 seminars on a fantastic range of teaching topics, and a 100+ company exhibition with the best products on offer. More

16 to 18 November 2018
Special Yoga and Mindfulness for Autism and ADHD
Explore how the therapeutic benefits of Special Yoga can encourage children with autism and ADHD discover their full potential. More

20 November 2018
Pathological Demand Avoidance conference
Providing professionals and parents with clearer understanding of PDA, plus essential strategies for education, management and communication. More

20 November 2018
Additional Learning Needs in Wales: priorities for shaping, implementing and monitoring the ALN Code
Morning: Central Cardiff
This seminar is bringing together key policymakers and stakeholders to discuss the development and implementation of the Additional Learning Needs Code – focusing on governance, funding and regulation. More

10 to 12 December 2018
Special Yoga and Mindfulness for Autism and ADHD
Equip yourself with a comprehensive toolkit allowing you to inspire children to develop a mindful and self-regulating approach towards their wellbeing. More

12 to 14 December 2018
Learning and Teaching Expo (LTE)
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
LTE is Asia's leading education expo providing an annual platform for the education community to share ideas, knowledge and experience, and to explore the latest education technology and learning resources. The SEN Theatre is one of the key features in LTE.

12 to 13 December 2018
Asia-Pacific International Schools Conference (AISC)
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
AISC is the annual event for international school leaders and educators. It brings together the international schools community to explore topical education issues, including inclusive education, that educators within Asia Pacific international schools are keen to debate.

11 to 15 February 2019
Five-Day TEACCH Course
Inspirational, intensive course combining active learning sessions with direct experience working with students with autism. Led by trainers from Division TEACCH, University of North Carolina and experienced practitioners and TEACCH trainers from Prior's Court. Course runs twice a year in February and October. Places limited so early booking advised.
Prior’s Court Training and Development Centre, Newbury, Berkshire
£1295 professionals/parents
01635 245911

7 to 8 March 2019
Hanen 4 "I"s to Socialize™ 2 Day Workshop
Superb new opportunity for practitioners within settings to coach parents and caregivers to apply Hanen strategies . From £300 Early bird and registration of interest options open now. More

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