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- The end is nigh – deadlines and concerns around the Code of Practice
- Two big days in one – one global, one personal, both huge news!
- An SEN champion is lost. My dear friend, Gulshanah.
- Some SEN statementing questions answered
- Learning to spot speech & language problems from our newest SNJ Columnists
- Fun in the SEN world
- Anti-Bullying Week 2013: The Future is Ours. Safe, Fun and Connected
- The Uniqueness of the SEN Parent
- World Diabetes Day: How Type 1 affects children
- Join Carers UK and act now so parent carers are not left behind
- When Tania went to #BlogFest and other stories
- School Refusal: won’t go or can’t go?
- Protect your iPad with tabtoob – SNJ Review and Giveaway
- 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
- How to help manage your children’s pain
- Warrior to worrier: When an SEN mum drops the ball
- Exposing quotes that reinforce Down’s syndrome myths: The Truth
- 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?
- SEN Reform: It’s going to be a busy autumn
- Why online help is vital for people living with a rare disease you can only smell
- Is This It Mum? Forever?
- And the Rest-E winner is…
- A Parenting Course? How dare you!
- Special Needs Jungle at the Paces Seminar
The Education Select Committee report on its pre-legislative scrutiny of the SEN draft bill has just been published. The scrutiny entailed two oral sessions in which parents, professionals, service users and charities aired their views on the draft legislation. The committee also received more than 200 written submissions, and while the report deals with key themes, it states, in bold, “We recommend that the Department for Education examine with close attention the written evidence provided to … Keep Reading…
In the last year I’ve been lucky enough to have had many parents write about their families and the issues they face raising children with special needs. These woman have a lot to share from their experiences that can help others in a similar position and so, as the year nears an end, I’d like to showcase them here in case you missed them when they first appeared during 2012. Charlotte’s amazing brain – a … Keep Reading…
BBC News today is running a story about Vitamin D deficiency in children. A lack of Vitamin D is linked to a higher incidence of diabetes, tuberculosis, multiple sclerosis as well as rickets – a disease that causes bones to become soft and deformed. The number of cases of rickets has been rising, from 183 in 1996 to 762 in 2011. Son2 was diagnosed with Vitamin D deficiency at the beginning of this year and I … Keep Reading…
There’s been a lot of talk about the re-classification of Asperger’s Syndrome in the new US DSM-V Manual of Mental Disorders – in other words it’s bee ‘abolished’ in its own right and brought under the category of Autism Spectrum Disorder. What does this really mean? Specifically, what does this mean for people in the UK? Below is an article from NHS Choices that sets it all out sensibly. *** Asperger’s syndrome dropped from psychiatrists’ … Keep Reading…
Today is the International Day for Persons With Disabilities, which will be marked worldwide. It’s also Son1′s 15th birthday and I would like, today, to offer a message of hope for parents of children with behavioural problems and Asperger’s who are worrying what the future may hold for their children. When Son1 started school, we already knew that it was not going to be an easy ride. Fiercely intelligent and sporty with a bright blonde … Keep Reading…