How to develop sight, sound, and touch in the classroom

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There are five senses associated with the human body: sight, smell, touch, taste, and sound. While all of these sensations are important for child development, the perceptions of sound, sight, and touch are used most often in the classroom. It is these three senses, however, that often appear the most difficult to develop in kids with special needs. Here are ways that caregivers can help children identify and strengthen sensitivity to images, noise, and affection. 

Welcoming the Worry Wizard

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According to the Mental Health Foundation* mental health problems affect 1 in 10 children and young people.  Alarmingly, however, 70% of children and young people who experience a mental health problem have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.

The Worry Wizard supports the emotional Wellbeing of young people of all ages.  It offers adults a gentle and fun way to help their child develop tools to manage their Worries before they affect their Wellbeing. Creator Amy Smythe aka The Worry Wizard, an accredited counsellor and psychotherapist, was inspired to help young people when her Godson Jack was struggling to voice his Worries.

 Amy comments:

Ladbroke Grove School shortlisted for £10,000 redecoration prize to create sanctuary for SEN students

  • Sion Manning needs your help to win much-needed £10,000 colour and design makeover in national competition with Dulux
  • Initiative promotes learner-led design to engage children in the classroom 

Sion Manning Catholic Girls School has beaten off competition from across the country to be shortlisted in a national contest to win £10,000 worth of colour and design services to create a peaceful space for SEN students as well as the wider school community.

Shakespeare for SEND learners

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New resource from SEN Assist and the London Grid for Learning aims to bring Shakespeare to learners with special educational needs and disabilities.

A new resource developed by award-winning SEND specialists SEN Assist and hosted by not-for-profit educational trust London Grid for Learning (LGfL) aims to bring the Bard to pupils with complex learning needs. Complementing LGfL’s already extensive SEND provision Early Shakespeare is suitable for learners on the P scales of all ages and abilities.

Succeeding when school days aren’t the best days of your life…

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‘School days are the best days of your life’. We’ve all heard the saying, and for some, the lucky ones, it really is true. For others, however, the very thought of going to school is enough to fill them with dread, perhaps because they are being bullied, can’t engage with learning, or have mental health difficulties; as a result, they might begin avoiding school altogether.

When a child becomes truant or worse, is excluded, the general perception is that this is because they are a ‘problem child’. However, the reality is rarely that cut and dry.

Former teacher and founder of EDLounge, Sam Warnes (pictured) discusses. 

Recognition for regard time after time

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Issued with photo: Gizelle Stacey and Belinda from TFW, shortlisted for The People's Award

Staff from Regard – the UK’s fourth largest private provider of supported living and residential services for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injury – are anticipating with excitement an awards evening in Birmingham on 14 July which they will be attending as finalists in five different categories.

The National Learning Disabilities Awards celebrate excellence in the support for people with learning disabilities and aim to pay tribute to individuals and organisations who excel in providing quality care.

The theory of everything SEND at nasen Live

nasen Live, the hugely popular special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) conference, returns on July 7 and this year, the event, which will take place at the Birmingham ICC, will be officially opened by renowned theoretical physicist and role model for SEND, Professor Stephen Hawking CBE.

The conference will once again give visitors including SENCOs, school leaders, teachers, governors and other education professionals, as well as parents and carers, a unique platform to celebrate outstanding practice and provision for children and young people with SEND.

Together trust service director receives MBE

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The Together Trust’s Service Director, Jill Sheldrake, has visited Buckingham Palace to receive her MBE for services to children in the North West.

Jill has worked for the Together Trust for over 20 years. She was awarded her MBE by His Royal Highness Prince Charles and joined by her parents and her daughter, Charlotte aged nine.

She said: “I can honestly say that the last 23 years with the Together Trust have been inspirational for me, I have worked hand-in-hand with colleagues at every level with one common goal and that is to ensure that every individual we work with has the opportunity to achieve their aspirations.”

People with learning disabilities ‘urgently’ need Type 2 diabetes prevention help

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The health of people with learning disabilities ‘urgently’ need to be targeted in a Type 2 diabetes prevention drive, Leicestershire researchers have said.

In a recent study of 930 adults from across the county with learning disabilities a high proportion, more than two-thirds (68 per cent), were discovered to be overweight or obese, putting them at risk of developing diabetes in the future.

The research team, from the Leicester Diabetes Centre, wanted to find out whether people with learning disabilities could be at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. A further aim was to develop a lifestyle programme to help people with learning disabilities stay healthy.