UK autism expert and neuroscientist, Dr Lorene Amet has conducted a pilot evaluation to determine the effectiveness of the Alpha-Stim Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) device on children with autism. Her findings and experiences of this newly emerging therapy will be both surprising and reassuring for many parents...
Amidst a myriad of concerns regarding the state of the UK’s mental health sector - including a serious lack of funding and huge waiting times for access to services* - one Watford primary school is leading the way inearly-intervention by championing an informed therapy technique, Drawing and Talking.
Laurance Haines Primary & Nursery School in West Watford, first employed the therapy method in 2012, when the school’s Nurture Leader, Nicola Furey, undertook the training. She comments: “The course was recommended to me by the Nurture Group Network and it’s been central to the wellbeing of the children at Laurance Haines ever since. We do use a number of therapy methods at the school but without a shadow of doubt, Drawing and Talking is by far the most effective.”
Wrea Green Equitation Centre, based in between Blackpool and Preston, recently held a successful event to mark Disabled Access Day.
Accessibility Mark joined forces with Disabled Access Day, which aimed at encouraging more disabled people to visit new places and take up new activities such as horse riding.
The Accessibility Mark accredited centre welcomed 20 potential new clients on the day, who thoroughly enjoyed the activities organised to highlight what can be achieved by disabled riders.
Throughout the afternoon visitors were given a guided tour of the yard, where they were encouraged to pat the ponies, before watching a riding demonstration by the centre’s Accessibility Mark riders.
Alistair Robbie, from Nuance Communications, explains how
Few students relish the end of their holidays and the inevitable return to school, college or university that follows. The start of a new term is an anxious time for students who have a special education needs (SEN) like dyslexia, mindful that it could often hamper their ability to share their ideas, knowledge and enthusiasm for a subject when reading or writing about it.
A look into how regular exposure to music can be used to help children with ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder)
Music is a powerful source of communication because it has the ability to reach anyone and everyone. Quite like nothing else, exposure to music on a regular basis allows people of any age, gender, with or without learning difficulty, deafness, blindness or other disability, to experience its effects in some way. Even though music is usually associated with being something you listen to with your ears, there are a series of pitches that can also be felt by touch, such as the vibrations caused when a drum is played which can be of great benefit to children with an auditory disability.
A lifetime dream has been fulfilled for a 21-year-old man with Asperger’s syndrome and autism after he secured an apprenticeship with Channel 4.
Since leaving college, Lewis Barlow-Hyde aspired to work within the media industry but he never believed that he would realise his dreams due to the barriers he felt he had to overcome.
Employment Support Specialist Becky Mills, from Surrey Choices, works with people who have autism or a learning, physical or sensory disability to find work placements, training, volunteer opportunities and paid work. Whilst supporting Lewis she came across an apprenticeship opportunity as a runner in the Creative Media Department at Channel 4, who were encouraging people with disabilities to apply.
New educational resource monitors social and emotional development in pupils
“Fagus” is an educational framework used in schools by teachers to monitor, review and support social and emotional development in school-age children. It has been developed by a team of educational psychologists at Beech Lodge School in Berkshire. The school was established in 2013 to support children with emotional and social difficulties and the resource was developed because nothing similar exists in the educational arena.
World's largest online learning platform launches Quizlet Learn, an individually adapted study tool to beat exam stress
Originally created in 2005 by a high school student from San Francisco, Quizlet is a peer-powered network which harnesses the power of study materials created by and for learners. Earlier this year, Quizlet celebrated its 10-year anniversary this year and reached the milestone of over 150 million study sets.
With the grant support of £19,653 from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Autism East Midlands proudly launch Autism Can! Kick starting last month and with the planned capabilities to continue onwards until 2029. The grant will be spent on purchasing a variety of equipment, products, and supplies to enable a varied scheme of projects to run across Autism East Midlands flexible day service centres across the county.
Sam Preston, safeguarding specialist for SSS Learning (www.ssscpd.co.uk/education) urges government to focus on CPD and reformed systems to enable teach professionals to protect Britain’s children and young people from abuse.
“When school leaders consider whether a timber build is right for their SEN school or project, they might be interested to hear about the factors behind timber’s growing popularity in this niche sector and its ability to enhance the pupils’ experience.”
Gareth Barber – MD of The Stable Company.
Timber SEN builds in practice - Keelman’s Way School, Hebburn
Keelman’s Way School is a special school that provides Early Years, Primary and Secondary Education for children with severe, profound and complex learning difficulties.
Built in an urban area, Keelman’s Way required additional space to provide changing facilities for its disability football team, combined with teaching space that would help to meet outdoor learning objectives.
If a child cannot see the board properly, or the words are blurred when they try to read, they will find it difficult to perform to their full potential. It is estimated that 80% of the information that a child uses for learning is visual, but one in four children are struggling with undiagnosed vision problems.
The course on ‘Smart-ASD: Matching autistic people with technology resources’ is open now for enrolment and starts in April to coincide with World Autism Awareness Day
FutureLearn, the leading social learning platform, today announces with its partner, the University of Bath, the upcoming launch of their course: Smart-ASD: Matching autistic people with technology resources.
Dr Deborah Robinson, Acting Director of the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) at the University of Derby discusses current special education needs statistics and if there has been a reverse in commitment to mainstream education for all.
Well over half of teachers think parental pressure is leading to children without special educational needs being misdiagnosed while those with genuine problems miss out.
A large majority of teachers (57 per cent) think there is a misdiagnosis of SEN in children, according to the survey from GL Assessment, with a similar proportion (54 per cent) blaming parental pressure. Barely a quarter of teachers (26 per cent) say misdiagnosis isn’t an issue.
Over three-fifths of teachers (62 per cent) think those with genuine needs are missing out because resources are being diverted to children that don’t really need help, with less than a fifth (18 per cent) disagreeing.
Inscape student Beth Smith is standing as a candidate for youth parliament to give a voice to young people in Stockport.
Inscape is a specialist school catering for children and young people aged from five to 19 with autism spectrum conditions and related social communication difficulties.
Beth, 17, will be campaigning to create more awareness of mental health and the issues that can affect young people, positive body image and LGBT equality.
She is also supporting the youth parliament’s campaign to reduce the vote to 16 and create a curriculum for life, equipping young people with the skills for life outside the classroom.
She has been attending youth council meetings for the past six months, but it will be her first time standing for a seat.
Saddles Riding School, based in Bexley, Kent, is holding a special event in support of Disabled Access Day.
Accessibility Mark has joined forces with Disabled Access Day to encourage more disabled people to consider taking part in horse riding activities and learn about the benefits of spending time with horses.
Taking place from 10 – 12 March, 2017, Disabled Access Day aims to encourage disabled people to visit somewhere new. It could simply be a trip to a local coffee shop or restaurant or to places further afield like famous British tourist attractions.
Playgrounds aren’t just about entertainment – they’re a key part of a child’s development. From confronting danger with climbing structures to social skills garnered by interaction in a play environment, playing outside helps children grow.
Natural playgrounds and adventure playgrounds, built using wood, stone, sand and water, are a growing trend thanks to their sustainability and their suitability in a wide variety of landscapes. Put simply, they blend more seamlessly into different environments – from National Trust parks to school yards. However, the natural elements of play also benefit children’s development. Here’s how:
RGB Building Supplies is delighted to announce it has selected Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) as its chosen charity and will be fundraising for the cause throughout 2017.
Having had a phenomenal response to its Christmas Present Appeal in aid of CHSW at the end of 2016, when in excess of 250 gifts were donated by RGB customers and staff, the builders merchant is looking forward to continuing its support.
This year RGB staff are taking part in a number of CHSW fundraising activities and will also be holding regular events to boost the amount raised.
To kick-start the campaign RGB’s Health & Safety Manager Mark Randle is taking part in the Concept 2 201