Launching “SNJ In Conversation” First episode: Coronavirus and Disabled children’s mental health

Today we're launching a new feature: SNJ "In Conversation". It will feature both videos and podcasts where one or more of the SNJ team interviews someone about an interesting or current issue in the SEND sphere.

In time, this will be offered to our SNJ patrons as full interviews, with shortened versions available for free. However, because of the current situation with Coronavirus, we're launching it now for free for everyone.

Our first few interviews are staying close to home, with our own experts. Next week, we'll be speaking to our columnist, the teenage autistic author and neurodiversity advocate, Siena Castellon about girls and autism. But today, we're launching with a subject that so many of you are struggling with - mental health and the coronavirus pandemic.

Children's mental health counsellor, Angela Kelly, answers your questions

Recently, we asked people for questions about their children and mental health in relation to the pandemic, and we put some of those questions to Angela Kelly, SNJ's Mental Health Editor.

Angela is the parent of two young men with autism. Angela and Tania have been friends since they were co-chairs of Surrey's parent carer forum, Family Voice Surrey. She soon got involved with SNJ and has been a columnist since 2013. ANgela is one of our most popular writers, with her posts always resonating with parents.

Several years ago, Angela qualified as a counsellor and has launched a successful professional practice, helping children, young people and adults with mental health issues in the Surrey area and around. During the lockdown, she's switched to online counselling to keep up with patients and help others who have been finding the current situation hard going.

We (Renata and Tania) - caught up with Ange via Zoom. We put your questions to her and had a wide-ranging conversation that covered coronavirus, home education, anxiety and practical ways to help. We drew on Angela's professional and personal experience and our own tips learned as parents of children with SEND.

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