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- School Refusal: won’t go or can’t go?
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- Confirmed: No statutory support for Uni Students in SEN reforms
- Hey, Earl Howe! We’re carers too!
- The letter ‘D’ for Disability, M’Lud
- Legal Aid: Judicial Review only for wealthy parents?
- Crossing over: have your say on moving to the new SEN system
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- The Code of Practice – our best endeavours
- Something for the weekend: Draft Code of Practice published and lots more
- The Local Offer – what is it?
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While I was doing some research for DysNet, I came across a fantastic project that uses the beautiful Cornish coast to help young people in difficulty. The Wave Project is such a brilliant idea and is a volunteer-led organisation that uses surfing and the sea to improve the emotional health of young people. It is a non-profit making community interest company that works with pro surfers and volunteers to inspire and motivate young people who, for … Keep Reading…
An incredibly busy week, so I missed my Wednesday post as I was in Brussels to speak at a EURORDIS workshop on social media for rare disease organisations. I was describing how we set up the social media for DysNet, the new Limb Difference Network for which I am PR & Community Manager. It was a really interesting and exhilarating day, hearing from other organisations such as Bee For Battens, a charity set up by a family … Keep Reading…
For the past two months, in addition to my special needs work, I’ve been working on an exciting project to launch an online community network for people living with limb differences. DysNet is the brainchild of a dear friend of mine, Geoff Adams-Spink, about whom I’ve written on this blog before. It’s aimed at bringing together people around the world affected by dysmelia (congenital limb differences) to share information, knowledge and resources. Today, Geoff writes … Keep Reading…
It’s been something of an eventful week for both Special Needs and Special Needs Jungle. Last week, I was called up by a reporter from the Daily Telegraph to ask my views on whether I thought one in five schoolchildren really had special needs. We had a good chat and the article appeared on Saturday. It was followed by a barrage of comments online on the DT, often displaying the most moronic and ignorant views– … Keep Reading…
So, there’s been much furore today about the headlines for proposals that 450,000 children be ‘struck off’ the SEN register. This is a bit of a stupid headline, to say the least. I was interviewed by Meridian Tonight (clip at end of post) about it for my views as a parent of SEN children. The story was linked to this announcement from the DfE today that continues on from the SEN Green paper on Special Needs … Keep Reading…
An US company that offers a unique therapy to help parents and professionals communicate better with children with autism/special needs, is offering London-based workshops in the the technique. Floortime is a specific therapeutic technique based on the Developmental Individual Difference Relationship Model (DIR) developed in the 1980s by Dr. Stanley Greenspan. The premise of Floortime is that an adult can help a child expand his circles of communication by meeting him at his developmental level … Keep Reading…
There’s a story about SEN in the Daily Telegraph today “Can 20 per cent of schoolchildren really have special needs?” by Peter Stanford. It’s already attracted lots of comments, some informed, others somewhat less so, shall we say. The story is a follow on to other, recent reports blaming rising SEN figures on either bad parenting or bad teaching or both. Peter wanted to find out the real root of it, but it seems even … Keep Reading…
For the first time this week, I’m alone in the house, apart from Leo the Labradoodle, currently sulking because he had to have a bath after rolling in something revolting. I haven’t told him yet it’s his anti-flea treatment day too, which he’s also not keen on. Everyone but me has had the flu (man flu of course). As a registered carer, my GP gives me a free flu jab so I have managed to … Keep Reading…
So, next week government ministers will set out their detailed response and reform timetable as their next steps in the SEN Green Paper. They’ve been saying it’s ‘imminent’ since February, so we’ll see what they’ve come up with. Ministers say they’ve committed to making all the necessary legal changes to put in place reforms proposed in the Support and Aspiration Green Paper and yesterday, in the Queen’s speech, they pledged that the planned Children and Families Bill would … Keep Reading…
Many parents who have children with special needs seriously consider home educating their child. It throws us lots of issues – especially if they are statemented. Today. home education expert, Fiona Nicholson, who has given evidence to government committees on the subject of elective home education, talks to Special Needs Jungle about these issues and how to go about teaching your SEN child at home. ** Some parents decide when their children are very young that school is unlikely … Keep Reading…
Just a quick one – to say THANK YOU to everyone who voted for Special Needs Jungle in the UK BritMums Brilliance in Blogging Awards 2012. It’s just been announced that the blog is a FINALIST in the Change category – the only one I entered. The awards are announced at a BritMums Live! on June 22nd and I have my ticket to go, though it means that I’ll probably have to miss most of … Keep Reading…