SEN Newsletter November 2018    
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Featured stories

Stepping up with dyspraxia

Stepping up with dyspraxia
How to help kids with dyspraxia in the move to secondary school. More

Are we rushing to diagnose SEN?
The need for trauma informed diagnosis. More

Who’s afraid of special schools?
Useful tips when looking at a special school for your child. More

Literacy in the early years
Understanding the debate about best practice in teaching reading. More

Improving AAC provision
Providing appropriate communication aids for children who are non speaking. 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

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.

Apricot Online
Apricot specialises in helping excluded and off-rolled SEND students back into education. Apricot motivate, engage, and encourage them to fulfil their potential. Their real-time, online school is staffed by experienced, qualified teachers with specialist knowledge of working with SEND youngsters. They work with parents, teachers, schools, PRUs, and LAs. More

Doncaster School for the Deaf
For pupils aged four to nineteen years. Staff include Teachers of the Deaf, speech and language therapists, an audiologist and nurse. Ofsted "good" states, "pupils  make strong progress" and pupils "thrive". The residential children's home is "outstanding". Contact: 

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

Enrol to suit
CACHE Level 3 Qualification: Supporting Children and Young People’s Speech, Language and Communication via The Communication Trust’s Platform 3
Up to 10 credits; Achieve within 4 months. £450. 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

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

15 November 2018
Understanding stress and anxiety in autism and their impact on behaviour

One-day course explores how you can help autistic children and adults reduce stress and anxiety, understand their behaviour, and support them during difficult times.
To book your place and learn more, click here.

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

20 November 2018
Pathological Demand Avoidance conference
Providing professionals and parents with a clearer understanding of PDA and developing their existing knowledge. The UK's top experts will help to improve the support you give through essential strategies for education, management and communication.
To book a ticket and learn more, click here.

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

21 November 2018
Introduction to working with children and young people with SEMH needs and SLCN
Presented by Melanie Cross – lead author of the RCSLT clinical guidelines on SEMH. £215. More

29 November 2018
Sexuality, Relationships and Autism
One-day course exploring a range of issues related to autistic people and sexuality including boundaries, friendships and relationships. It will enable delegates to increase their understanding of how friendships and relationships can be nurtured and supported in the autistic person.
To book a ticket and learn more, click here.

1 December 2018
Working Effectively with Conflict in Families, Couples, Parent-Child Relationships and Schools
Conference. 10.00 - 17.00
Cost: £183
The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913

1 December 2018
An Introduction to CBT Techniques with Children and Teenagers
Conference 10.00 - 17.00
Cost: £165
The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913

6 December 2018
The next steps for SEND policy - high needs funding, local SEND service provision and improving outcomes
Morning. Central London
This timely seminar will consider next steps for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) policy – focusing on high needs funding, local SEND provision and opportunities for improving outcomes. 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.

15 December 2018
When a Shock in a Child’s Life Derails Everything. Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Children and Teenagers and Effective Interventions
Conference 10.00 - 17.00
Cost: £183
The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913

16 January 2019
Tony Talks Autism 2019
St Helens, Merseyside
With clinical psychologist, best selling author and world autism expert Professor Tony Attwood. Gain knowledge updates, practical strategies and tips so you can make a real difference to the children and young people you support with ASD. More. Tel: 0141 638 4098.

19 January 2019
Enabling Children to Speak About Feelings Through Puppetry
Training. 10.00 - 17.00
Cost: £165

The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913

23 to 26 January 2019
ExCeL London
Bett is the global meeting place for those who are passionate about education, with 850 leading companies and education providers, talks, keynotes and interactive sessions for educators at every level. Bett 2019 will also include a focus on SEN and neurodiversity in the SEN area. More

24 January 2019
Understanding stress and anxiety in autism and their impact on behaviour

One-day course explores how you can help autistic children and adults reduce stress and anxiety, understand their behaviour, and support them during difficult times. You will learn to understand and assess someone’s behaviour and the particular reasons behind their increased anxiety using SPELL framework. To book a ticket and learn more, click here.

24 January 2019
Shape Coding™
Learn this effective system to help school aged children improve understanding and production of grammar. No prior knowledge of Shape Coding is required. £220. More

26 January 2019
Emotionally and Physiologically Regulating Troubled Children: Key Interventions That Work
Conference. 10.00 - 17.00
Cost: £183

The Centre for Child Mental Health
020 7354 2913

29 January 2019
Autism and continence training course
This one-day course will focus 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. To book a ticket and learn more, click here.

29 January 2019
Co-occurring Conditions Conference
Brand new one-day conference, exploring some co-occurring conditions, their connection with autism, what effect they can have on an individual, and how diagnosis and appropriate treatment should be approached. Speakers will include practitioners, researchers and autistic individuals. To book a ticket and learn more, click here.

1 February 2019
Understanding and supporting attachment difficulties and complex trauma
Looks at the evidence base and implications for practice. £215. More

5 February 2019
Autism and SPELL in higher education training course
One-day introductory course building your knowledge of autism and teaching practical approaches using SPELL framework for how to support autistic children and adults. Allowing you to develop better practice and use evidence-based strategies to support autistic children and adults. To book a ticket and learn more, click here.

6 to 8 February 2019
Special Yoga And Mindfulness For Autism and ADHD
Explore how the therapeutic benefits of Special Yoga can encourage children with autism and ADHD to discover their full potential. More

9 to 15 February 2019
Special Yoga For Special Children
Indepth 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

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

12 February 2019 (start date)
Introduction to working with individuals on the autism spectrum training course
This course is ideal for university staff who support autistic students and want to know more about autism and supportive approaches. This course is specifically designed to meet the needs of university mentors and non-medical helpers, in line with the BIS criteria. To book a ticket and learn more, click here.

27 and 28 February 2019
Essential Autism Licensed User Training
Two-day training course that licenses autism experienced professionals to deliver the NAS Essential Autism course to their staff teams. For more information, click here.

28 February to 2 March 2019
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

2 March 2019
Chair Yoga
Empower yourself with the skillset to provide adults who are less mobile an opportunity to participate in traditional yoga classes. More

5 March 2019 
SEN Law Conference
The Law Society, London, WC2A 1PL

This one-day specialist SEN Law Conference will provide legal and policy updates across all aspects of this fast-moving and developing area of law. More

6 and 7 March 2019
Music & Drama Education Expo | London
Europe’s leading conference for music and drama teachers offers over 60 CPD workshops (including sessions on working with SEND students) and exhibition stands from leading arts organisations. Book free tickets at:

7 to 8 March 2019
Hanen 4 "I"s to Socialize™ 2 Day Workshop
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

7 and 8 March 2019
Professionals Conference

The annual two-day conference is a unique opportunity for professionals to discuss best practice and share learning. Hear the latest information from leading experts in the field and learn from case studies illustrating best practice. To book a ticket and learn more, click here.

26 and 27 March 2019
Birmingham NEC
Naidex is Europe's most established event dedicated to the future of disability and independent living. On 26 and 27 March 2019, join over 15,000 visitors at Birmingham’s NEC and find the latest groundbreaking innovations that are changing the field of special educational needs. To get your free tickets, click here.


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