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The Sept/Oct2019 issue is now in production.

In the Nov/Dec 2019 issue (SEN103)

Dr Srinivas Gada, former NHS Consultant Neurodisability Paediatrician (now in private practice), Editor of Community Paediatrics book, SEN Lecturer at Oxford University
The article will look at autism diagnosis, including looking at what autism is (and isn’t) and the importance of early diagnosis. It will outline some of the main features of autism and things to look for if you think a child may have autism.

Pearl Barnes, SEND consultant, Executive Director SENDISS, past President of nasen
In the last of a series of three articles, Pearl will look at conditions which commonly overlap with “high functioning” autism.

Andrew Wright, Birmingham Virtual School Headteacher, Dudley Virtual School Interim Headteacher and Chair of the Attachment Research Community
The outcomes of children and young people who are, or have been in the care system, are significantly below those of their peers. The article will discuss how a more informed and developed educational system will help professionals to understand the impact of trauma and attachment on individuals. It will also discuss how this can help to provide a more flexible learning offer to meet the needs of children with attachment issues, creating successful educational pathways to help each individual fulfil their potential.

Complementary therapy: yoga
Jyoti “Jo” Manuel, founder and Director, Special Yoga
The piece will look at the use of yoga with children with SEN. It will discuss how yoga poses and breathing strategies can aid children’s rest, relaxation and digestion, thereby “re-setting” the child’s nervous system” to reduce anxiety, alleviate tension in the body and help them release difficult emotions.

Nicola Murray, Head of Programmes, Anti-Bullying Alliance
The article will discuss autism and bullying, with reference to new research out of the University of York, paying particular attention to sibling bullying. It will also discuss the wider issues of bullying of (and by) children with SEN, looking at the crucial role schools can play in educating all children that bullying is never OK and how the school environment should provide a safe haven where children learn the importance of respect in all their social interactions. It will also include information about Anti-Bullying Week 2019.

Professional support for teachers
Rosamund McNeil, Assistant General Secretary - Equality, Social Justice and international, NEU (or a senior colleague)
The article will discuss professional support for teaching staff covering issues such as: support from unions and professional bodies; peer to peer coaching and support within schools; closer links between special and mainstream schools; training on listening to and working with parents; SENCO support for staff; regular time for CPD in school locally in the LA and beyond; a whole school approach to inclusion; and initial teacher training – will the SEN and disability element of the early career framework meet the needs of teachers?

Teacher wellbeing
Viv Grant, Executive Coach, author and public speaker. Director of Integrity Coaching, a provider of coaching services for senior school leaders
The article will provide practical advice on how teachers can “survive” in their role at school, including key tips on how teachers can reduce their stress levels.

Creative arts
Rhuanedd DeRoy-Jones, Lecturer, Beechwood College
The article will discuss the significance of art and creativity for children and young people with special educational needs.

Spina bifida/hydrocephalus
Jan Tippett, National Education Lead Officer (England) at the charity Shine
The article will outline classroom strategies and ideas that teaching staff can use to support children with hydrocephalus at school. 

Emmet Murphy, Vice Principal, Dysart School
The piece will discuss contextual safeguarding for pupils with severe and complex learning difficulties, following the Government’s September 2018 update of their Keeping children safe in education statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children.

Emma Maskell-Ludlow, class teacher, Sandside Lodge School, Cumbria
The article will look at the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) to aid the communication of students with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD). It will discuss the use of different AAC systems for different pupils in the author’s class of pupils with PMLD, and the importance of adopting a creative approach to finding the right system for each individual.

SEN law
Douglas Silas, Douglas Silas Solicitors
Continuing his regular column for SEN Magazine, specialist SEN solicitor Douglas Silas looks at what the law says about what happens after an education, health and care (EHC) assessment – whether special educational provision is called for and whether and EHC plan should be formulated.

The articles above are scheduled to appear in the above mentioned issue of SEN Magazine. Please note, though, that we cannot guarantee to include specific articles in specific issues.

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