Showcasing Rare Diseases and Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday!

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A shout-out for a couple of events today. One is for parents of children with rare and undiagnosed conditions and one aimed at patient groups and professionals interested in the field. On Saturday 10th September, Birmingham Children’s Hospital is hosting … Keep Reading…

Exam Access Arrangements: what are they and who gets them?

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It’s that time again when students anxiously await their exam results. We all hope for good passes all round, but not every student will have achieved the grades they’d hoped for. Some instinctively know that they will not have done … Keep Reading…

Teacher’s Petition to include Speech and Language in teacher training

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A specialist speech and language teacher in Lincolnshire has launched a petition calling on the government to include Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) as part of any initial teacher training package. Emma Broddle, who works for the county’s ECLIPS service, says: “I … Keep Reading…

How Yoga can help your special needs child

How Yoga can help your special needs child

We’ve run a couple of posts on SNJ from Lorraine Senior about Reflexology for children with special needs. They were really appreciated by readers so I’m delighted to be able to bring you a similar article about natural therapy, this time Special Yoga. … Keep Reading…

What if my SEND teenager doesn’t get the grades they need for their chosen course?

What if my SEND teenager doesn’t get the grades they need for their chosen course?

I wrote recently about how Son1 made a silver lining out of the clouds created by the grades in his  disappointing AS results a year ago. With this, and upcoming exam results in mind, it’s worth printing this information in a past newsletter … Keep Reading…

Join the world’s first fully-inclusive, fantastically fun, Super Sensory race!

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Tania’s note: Jo Grace is back to tell us about something you may like to get involved with! Parallel London is the world’s first fully inclusive fun push/run event being held at the Olympic Stadium on the 4th of September … Keep Reading…

Promises, promises: Bercow’s Speech and Language Report: 10 Years On

Promises, promises: Bercow's Speech & Language Review: 10 years on

The children’s communication charity, ICAN and the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists have announced a review of John Bercow’s Report on services for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs. Another review of Speech & Language Therapy … Keep Reading…

More EHCP research: DfE sends “Experience” survey to families

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From today many parents of children with special educational and young people who have Education, Health and Care Plans will be receiving letters from the Department for Education containing a survey on their EHCP experience. The survey is taking place … Keep Reading…

How my ASD son turned exam result dark clouds into bright silver linings

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At the end of summer last year, the AS results day to be precise, we were in a bit of a pickle in our house. ASD/ADHD Son1, who had left his specialist school for mainstream sixth-form college, received some unexpected … Keep Reading…

Teaching children with autism: The Guided Participation Relationship

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When development is typical, infants at around six-seven months begin to show signs of an insatiable drive to grow…to stretch, learn and explore. Parents, in turn, are instinctively ready to promote this growth and eagerly provide opportunities for the child to explore: … Keep Reading…

Top Tips for finding your way through the speech therapy process

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If you are concerned about any aspect of your child’s development, it can be difficult to know where to turn for advice.  How can you know whether you are right to be concerned or not?  How can you get referrals … Keep Reading…

Special Educational Needs finally to be part of England’s core teacher training

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Some good news to report, at last: Earlier this year, we told you about The Carter Review of Initial Teacher Training and the government has this week published its response to the three experts’ reports that the review led to: Developing … Keep Reading…

Government promises more apprenticeships for young people with SEND

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Not so long ago, I wrote a post about apprenticeships for young people with learning disabilities and how Education, Health and Care plans, which are still statutory for apprenticeships are administered and enforced. The government also recognised the lack of … Keep Reading…

The failings that made our son’s special education EHCP transfer a nightmare

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Our son has a severe physical disability and a longstanding diagnosis. He had a statutory Statement of Special Educational Needs issued by our local authority almost 18 months ago, in order for him to be able to attend a preschool. … Keep Reading…

Reporting on the EHCP process: Bren’s parent participatory research

Reporting on the EHCP process: Bren Prendergast's parent participatory research

For four weeks from late April to early May I conducted a research survey into how things were going with the SEND reforms – specifically, how EHCPs were going. The Lamb Inquiry (2009) stated that we lacked confidence in the … Keep Reading…