SEN120 : Sept/Oct 2022


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If you only read one article in this issue, please make sure it’s James’s moving account of his long journey to an ADHD diagnosis at the age of 22. His matter-of-fact style belies the mental turmoil he must have endured, not helped by friends’ comments such as “You’ve got ADHD? What a load of shite” (see page 15). And we’re spoiled for choice on ADHD in this issue; Ben Isaacson’s article on page 18 is full of practical advice for ADHDers on how to approach the daunting challenge of homework.

The important topic of EHCPs is tackled by Sarah Fitzgibbons on page 20 and Maria Bloom on page 79, and both articles provide useful practical advice on navigating the system to ensure the best path for your child.

Our sharper-eyed readers may recognise the article on Girls and Autism, by Kate Reynolds, from our website It’s the most clicked-on article on the website, so it deserves a wider audience in print. If you haven’t visited our website, there are thousands of articles for you to read on all subject areas associated with special needs.

The cover image of this issue relates to our feature on Relaxed Performances, starting on page 65, where Sarah Whiddington explains how relaxed theatre performances can make drama accessible to those who would normally find the environment of a theatre overwhelming. Simon Procter’s piece on Music in Mind (page 90) reminds us of the positive effects music can have on mind and soul.

Jonathan Harvey takes a philosophical look at SEN teacher training, and in particular how an appreciation of disability can make you a better SEN teacher. And, of course, don’t forget to turn to page 93 for Mary Mountstephen’s latest Book Reviews. There are seven titles reviewed in this issue, including the controversial ADHD Does Not Exist by Richard Saul.

If you have something to say about the topics raised in this issue, or if you have ideas for areas we should be covering, but aren’t—or if you just want to let us know your views and opinions—then please contact me at

As ever, we’d like to send a big thank you to all our contributors and advertisers. Without your support, SEN Magazine would not be possible. Enjoy the mists and mellow fruitfulness. See you in November.

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