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…

Take part in DfE focus groups on Preparing for Adulthood

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A quick post today with an opportunity for parents interested in the Preparing for Adulthood agenda for young people with special needs and disabilities. The Department for Education has asked SNJ and the National Network of Parent Carer Forums to … Keep Reading…

CALL TO ACTION: Let’s work together to stop SEND Tribunal nightmares

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Moving the Baker Small Twitter-storm along… Special Needs Jungle would like to use the momentum we have gathered to create a groundswell of SEND community support to: You’ve probably seen by now that BS earned well over £1.5 million from … Keep Reading…

Learning to cope with your child’s Pathological Demand Avoidance

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I’ve noticed there is a lot of information on social media about Pathological Demand Avoidance, now recognised as part of the Autism Spectrum (by The National Autistic Society). It’s a condition I’ve suspected for a long time now that my … Keep Reading…

Share your experiences of the reforms for Nicky Morgan’s SEND review

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In just over a week’s time, I’m taking a group of parents to the Department for Education to meet former MP, Lee Scott, who has been asked by the Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, to carry out a review into the SEND … Keep Reading…