The person-centred approach to autism

Person-centred approach to autism - Emma Gosling

Emma Gosling, Senior Specialist Occupational Therapist at Options Barton, talks to Education For Everybody about the person-centred approach: an individualistic outlook for children with autism spectrum condition...

When working with an individual with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC), it is important to start with a holistic assessment of a person’s cognitive, sensory, motor and communication needs as a first step to positive outcomes. It’s crucial that staff know what’s important to the person, their identified needs, and what’s working or not working from their perspective. This information is gathered from the individual, who is at the centre of the process, as well as the people involved in their lives. This is called a Person-Centred Approach. 

Young chefs serve up lunchtime treat for older residents

Gateshead College

Five budding young chefs from Gateshead College have been gaining valuable work experience by serving up special lunches this winter for older residents living at a sheltered housing scheme in County Durham.

The students from Gateshead College have been visiting Karbon Homes’ Castle Court in Annfield Plain – an independent living scheme for older people aged 55 and over, to serve freshly made sandwiches and hot soup, much to the delight of residents.

World Autism Awareness Week: Early signs of autism and tips for coping

Early Signs Of Autism Dr Paschos

On World Autism Awareness week, we speak to Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Dimitrios Paschos on the importance of early diagnosis and how to spot the signs of autism in babies and toddlers.

Autism affects more than 1 in 100 people in the UK, according to the National Autistic Society, with an estimated 700,000 people in the UK on the autism spectrum. Statistically, autism is more prevalent in males than females, with a ratio of 5:1 living with the condition in the UK.

It’s a lifelong condition, with no cure however many people develop coping mechanisms to mask and manage the symptoms. Many children with autism grow up to live independent lives, whilst others live with support from family and social services.

Autism experts TCES Group share an insight into designing SEND schools

TCES Group Thomas Keaney

East London Independent School is extending its site in Stratford Marsh, London, by redeveloping what was once an old church. The school is operated by TCES Group. Here, CEO Thomas Keaney shares with Education For Everybody how it was designed with autism in mind…

Why did TCES Group decide to convert an old church into a school building? 

World Autism Awareness Week: SEND teacher training route focuses on autism

World Autism Awareness Week teaching

During World Autism Awareness Week, Education For Everybody looks at a teacher training route which has been designed specifically for student teachers who want to work in SEND schools, and features on a core unit on autism. 

We spoke to Dr Lyn Trodd, Dean of the School of Education at the University of Hertfordshire, about the BA (Hons) in Education Studies with Special Educational Needs and Disability, which is now in its third year.

World Down Syndrome Day - raising awareness through videos and socks!

World Down Syndrome Day Sally Phillips

World Down Syndrome Day is taking place today, with a wealth of events across the globe raising awareness – including "carpool karaoke" and an inclusive film competition.

You may have already seen a video of a "carpool karaoke" lip sync video in support of World Down Syndrome Day, which features 50 mums and their children singing along to Christina Perri track, A Thousand Years. The parents in the video (watch below) are all part of a Facebook group called Designer Genes, which was created for parents who have a child with Down’s Syndrome born in 2013 and 2014.

Community-based service to help all children with brain injury

Brain Injury Community

A free to access UK-wide Brain Injury Community Service has launched to maximise a child’s participation in everyday life following a brain injury.

Delivered by The Children’s Trust, the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury and neurodisability, the service offers children with an acquired brain injury assessment and clinical support after they have been discharged from hospital and at key stages of childhood.

The Lenham School gets tech-savvy classrooms

Lenham School

In a world where children have almost constant access to devices such as tablets and smartphones at home – often from a very early age – schools are facing the challenge of being able to effectively engage pupils throughout the day. Many are now incorporating modern technology into their daily lessons and The Lenham School in Kent – part of the Valley Invicta Academies Trust (VIAT) – is no exception. With 453 students ranging from 11-18 years old, the school is using Epson projectors in combination with Apple devices to ‘wow’ its pupils and unleash the creativity of its teachers.

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