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What’s the best way to manage online risk to children? Stop the bad stuff at source, says Friendly WiFi director Beverley Smith

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says Friendly WiFi director Beverley Smith (pictured).

 

The ‘digital revolution’ has transformed into the ‘digital evolution,’ as connected devices and online-empowered ways-of-working shift from being transformative to the new normal.

Education is no different. A third of secondary schools in the UK have Bring Your Own Device teaching. A further quarter are considering it. It’s a practice which is certain to become ubiquitous in time.

Enabling it is WIFi. It’s regarded by many as a basic service, like water and electricity.

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. 

Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids: leading lights in the management of behavioural conditions?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is common in children with autism, with antipsychotic medicines typically being prescribed whether these occur separately or collectively.  Whilst these may offer benefit for some children and young people, for others alternative adjunctive therapy options are needed in addition to medicines.  There is now a growing body of evidence that omega-3 and 6 fatty acids could work as a suitable adjunctive therapy with and to conventional medications.  Dr Emma Derbyshire discusses the role and latest evidence behind these important fatty acids.

Iconic new art installation called the umbrella project launches in liverpool

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A huge splash of colour has arrived in Liverpool for the summer, as 200 brightly coloured umbrellas have been suspended over a busy city centre street. The goal behind this initiative is to raise awareness and understanding, encouraging discussion around Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and autism.

 

Devised and curated by Liverpool-based ADHD Foundation, which this year celebrates its tenth anniversary as a charity, the Umbrella Project transforms Church Alley (leading up to the Bluecoat) into a canopy of colour until the end of August. The individual umbrellas have also been personally signed by children from St Oswald’s primary school in Old Swan and across Merseyside, many of whom have ADHD, autism and other neurodevelopment conditions.

 

Kuradocs announces liferaft for people living with disabilities and their carers

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- digital platform provides a single source of health, medical, social and emotional information that is managed by individuals and their carers and can be shared with everyone in the care circle -

 

Southampton, 22nd June 2017, UK start-up, Kuradocs, has announced a new online application, Liferaft, that helps people living with disabilities and their carers to ease the administrative burden that comes with managing complex life-long conditions.

 

Hyde youngster and Royal Navy veteran shortlisted for national rugby awards

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Leo Gradwell Spencer, 11, has made final shortlist for prestigious Premiership Rugby award after attending Sale Sharks rugby camps

 

Winnington Park Rugby Club volunteer Paula Bradbury, Royal Navy veteran Ian Rudge and Sharks coach Vicky Irwin also nominated for awards at July ceremony

 

An 11-year-old from Hyde who tackled his autism by playing rugby with Sale Sharks and a Royal Navy veteran from Eccles have been shortlisted for  prestigious national Premiership Rugby awards.

 

Leo Gradwell Spencer, who has high functioning autism, and 59-year-old Ian Rudge will compete with other nominees from around the country for the PLAY Achiever Award and the Breakthru Award at the Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Community Awards in July.

Care Management Group (CMG) Launches Expert STOMP Best Practice Guide

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Care Management Group (CMG), a leading provider of residential care, supported living services and domiciliary care for people with learning disabilities, has launched a STOMP Best Practice Guide, which gives comprehensive guidance on ways to reduce the over-medication of people with learning disabilities, and/or autism through non-drug alternative methods of treatment.

  

10 Tools for Kids to Improve Writing Skills

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Your child’s education is so important. They will get plenty of support at school, but in their early and formative years, it’s essential that they get support at home too. Thanks to the Internet, there is now a greater number of tools that can help your children learn, including online writing tools that offer a range of features to help improve your child’s writing skills. Take a look at these top 10 tools to help your child improve their writing skills.

 

1. Visuwords

Who really benefits from having a Canopy i2o ltd have the answers

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Interview with Mark Cooper Sales Advisor i2o ltd & Little Miracles Sean Robson- Business Manager on Canopy's

 

How has Little Miracles benefited from having the canopy?

 

We are able to offer particular activities and equipment like the table football and pool table all year round now which we would only ever offer outside if we were guaranteed it was not going to rain. But, now we can just keep them out there rather than taking them out and putting them up and then packing them down again and bringing them in.

Making your own decisions

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A care service in Penge is supporting four individuals with learning disabilities to make sure their voices are heard at the upcoming general election.

 

Crystal House is home to young people who are in transition from residential college, foster care or the family home.

 

Senior support worker Diane Liston says the service has made sure the group are all registered to vote on June 8.

 

“The election is providing us with a great opportunity to demonstrate to people with learning difficulties and mental health needs that they have a voice,” said Diane.

 

“Usually those who find decision-making difficult are in that position because they have never been given the opportunity.

 

Lamar plans his perfect day

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A young man who was managing severe anxiety levels is making ‘great progress’ after moving to a residential service in Sittingbourne.

Lamar Romans-Smith, who is a 25 year old on the autistic spectrum, left the family home in July 2016 to live at Rhyme House in Chaucer Road which supports people with learning disabilities.

Ten months on Lamar enjoys going out and living alongside his house mates, and his key worker Chelsea Bosley supports him to manage his anxiety using a planner which is organised by Lamar himself to arrange his day.

“Lamar has his own magnetic photographs which staff support him to choose to stick on his planner according to what he is going to do that day,” said Chelsea.