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Theraposture to demonstrate its user-centric approach at Kidz to Adultz Scotland  

Kidz to Adultz Scotland

 

Theraposture, the leading specialist for tailor-made adjustable beds, chairs and care cots, will be showcasing its considered approach to parents and disabled children at Kidz to Adultz Scotland.

14th September: Kidz to Adultz Scotland, Stand D5, Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, EH28 8NB, free admission.

Theraposture has been the considered choice since 1981. It provides quality assistive products with exceptional long term value backed up by impeccable and ethical support. Its Trusted Assessors work closely with OTs and families so that the most appropriate sleeping solution is supplied every time – ensuring independence, safety and well-being is always maximised.

The Language Show London

Language Show

What is the Language Show?

The Language Show is the must-attend event for anyone with a passion for languages. Attend three inspirational days packed with over 50 CPD certified seminars, language classes, live forums, cultural performances and a large range of exhibitors promoting their latest advice and industry guidance. Find out more on our website at www.languageshowlive.co.uk/london/.

 

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Cost Effective CPD for schools and teachers:

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Why the Language Show is where professional development is heading 

 

What is CPD?

Continuing Professional Development enables teachers to maintain and enhance knowledge and skills to the benefit of their careers by improve pupil’s attainment.  Seen as a highly valuable activity, CPD keeps you up-to-date with the newest advances in the industry, gives you access to leading seminars and displays your commitment to self-improvement. 

 

Why should I do it?

Attending these sessions can help:

Touchscreen technology: bringing every student together

There’s no doubt about it; children in the 21st Century are tech-savvy. With so many youngsters using smartphones and tablets, the classroom of today has become a more socially-inclusive environment. For the majority of pupils, the use of interactive technology will be very familiar and engaging, meaning they’ll often find it easier to stay on track and complete the work. For students with special educational needs (SEN), this is even more important, as it allows them to fully integrate with their peers.

 

While there are many digital tools and resources available to aid students with SEN, some are more effective than others in promoting inclusion in the classroom. This allows pupils to focus on the task at hand, rather than the method of delivery.

 

Confronting nature and outdoor development

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Parents, teachers and children have all changed their attitudes towards  the outdoors. During the 1970s to the late 1990s, to be sent to the bedroom for a child would be considered a punishment as they wouldn’t be able to play outside; now, the bedroom is no longer considered a punishment. 

Now, their bedrooms are home to alternative realities, brought about by digital platforms such as social media, games consoles and smart devices. They are distracted from the world outside their window. 

Outdoor playground equipment designers Infinite Playgrounds explores how modern technology is limiting children’s outdoors experience and development. 

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Get a dog for a stress-free life filled with happier tales!

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Over 85 per cent of pet owners in the West Midlands believe having a dog can help to bring stress levels down.

In fact, research, conducted by leading manufacturer of premium pet supplements Lintbells, has found that on average dog owners in the West Midlands are happier in life and experience less stress because of their pet.

With almost a quarter of households in the UK now owning a dog the study found that dog owners are happier, more satisfied at work and more sociable than people without a pooch. In fact over 80 per cent of people in the West Midlands now consider their dog to be an integral part of their family.

Musical Sensory Garden

Musical Sensory Garden

Percussion Play Reveals the Secrets to Building the Perfect Musical Sensory Garden

 

UK-based outdoor musical instrument manufacturer Percussion Play details how to build inclusive spaces that allow everyone to experience music and nature, with a specialist guide to building a musical sensory garden.

Percussion Play has built musical instruments for parks, playgrounds and schools all around the world – and now, they’re sharing their specialist knowledge on sensory gardens.

In the free guide, the UK’s leading outdoor musical instrument manufacturer showcases their tips on planning, planting and percussion so that everyone can enjoy music, sound and the great outdoors.

Businesses play vital role in introducing young people to the working world

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Young people are our future and businesses play a vital role in providing them with an insight into the working world. 

Lauren Brown (pictured) discusses a synergised approach to ensure businesses are engaged in helping school leavers to have unrestricted access to the workplace. Recently, I attended an internship presentation morning with a local technology employer and heard all about the experiences of two young school pupils who, as ‘interns’, were just coming to the end of their 4-week spell in the workplace. According to them, the experience was not only eye-opening, it was life changing!

Unique, Touching Video

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Unique, Touching Video Brings Testimonials of Parents of Teens with Special Needs (Including Autism) Using iPad to Communicate with Their Surroundings

Tel Aviv, Israel, July 27, 2017. Israel’s Athena Fund, a nonprofit organization empowering teachers, has produced a unique video to raise awareness of the incredible ability of teens with special needs (including autism) to communicate with their families and friends with the help of an iPad. 

College shortlisted for national diversity award

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An innovative North East college has been recognised for its outstanding work in encouraging diversity and equality in its organisation and the local community.

Gateshead College has been shortlisted for the Diverse Company Award in this year’s National Diversity Awards, which take place on September 8 at the stunning Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool.  

Charities and role models from across the UK will gather at the event – dubbed the UK’s largest celebration of diversity – to showcase and celebrate the outstanding achievements of those who have demonstrated their devotion to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion in society. 

Applications open to create 1,600 new SEND free school places

Applications open to create 1,600 new SEND free school places

More than 1600 SEND (special educational needs and disability) school places will be created across England as the government opens applications to run new free schools. 

Nineteen local authorities will be accepting applications to run the SEND schools as part of the government's ambitious free schools programme, which aims to provide high-quality provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities. 

Autism with Attitude street dance group make history as first SEN students to qualify for dance world championships!

Jonathan Baron

Street dance group ‘Autism with Attitude’ have made history as the first special needs dance team to qualify for the United Dance Organisations (UDO) World Championships in Glasgow.

 

Members of the group have developed their skills since attending Hillingdon Manor School, in Uxbridge. Teacher Jonathan Baron said: “The SEN dance world is currently very small and in fact they were the first dance team with special needs to take part in the event.”

 

Hillingdon Manor is an Outcomes First Group centre of excellence in education and development, for children aged five to 19 years with an autistic spectrum condition (ASC).

Could further school funds improve learning and behaviour?

St Mildreds school

A study into the state of the nation’s schools has revealed that 85% of teachers think the school environment affects learning and behaviour.

Nearly 40% said a neglected classroom affected learning, with 28% claiming it can have a negative effect on behaviour. In addition, a fifth believe attendance is affected by run down school environments according to the study, carried out to mark the launch of the Dulux Smarter Spaces 2017 initiative.

Intu's green-fingered volunteers transform charity garden at Autism East Midlands Fairview and Lynton residential services

Intu's green-fingered volunteers transform charity garden at Autism East Midlands Fairview and Lynton residential services

A DONATION of £1500 and a group of over 20 eager volunteers from intu have helped to rejuvenate the old school playground at Autism East Midlands’ Fairview and Lynton residential home to a haven for residents ahead of warmer weather in Carlton this week.

The garden based at Fairview and Lynton residential home, offers the residents with autism a safe and secure environment to go about their daily lives. A garden has played a role in the lives of the residents at their old home at Linby Drive.

Essential Reading for all Teachers: The Teacher’s Guide to SEN

The Teacher’s Guide to SEN

Natalie Packer, author of The Teacher’s Guide to SEN and SEND Consultant for the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), looks at the impact this has on teaching and learning, and how teachers can meet the needs of these pupils effectively. 

Just over 14 per cent of pupils in the UK are currently identified as having Special Educational Needs (SEN). On average, that equates to approximately four pupils in every mainstream class.

One of the key messages of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice 2014 is that every teacher is responsible and accountable for every pupil in their class, including those with SEN. So what does this mean in practice for a class or subject teacher? 

How we can make use of our schools as a community resource

With budgets tightening and class sizes on the rise, there has never been a more urgent need for school leaders to find creative ways to future-proof their finances.

Finding ways to generate additional income for the school is no longer just about raising money for extra purchases, but rather a necessity for schools to meet fundamental expenses, such as teaching staff’s salaries, and vital learning resources, such as textbooks for the pupils.

Special Educational Needs at Under 1 Roof

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The state of the art facilities at Under 1 Roof are all available for EYFS, Key Stages 1 and 2 pupils with special educational needs and can be booked for exclusive use by groups and classes.

Our provision includes:

The Children’s Theatre – where we can offer Autism Friendly performances and BSL interpreted performances

The Sensory Room – equipped with multimedia and multi-sensory resources to stimulate learning and development

The Therapy Room – where our trained therapists offer sessions specific to the needs of the child

The Soft Play Room – which can be used to improve coordination, balance and agility and release energy

People with sight loss now ‘see’ their drawings thanks to 3Doodler and leading UK sight loss charity Royal National Institute of Blind People

3Doodler Updates 3D Printing Pens and Receives Official Seal of Approval from RNIB for Use by People Who Are Blind Or Partially Sighted, Giving Teachers & Students New Tools For Accessible Creativity

LONDON, UK  July 13th, 2017 – When 3Doodler first brought its 3D printing pen to market, the company was inundated with feedback from people who are blind or partially sighted, or who work with those communities. Teachers of blind students were particularly engaged, envisioning ways to work with their students to instantly create tactile graphics they could touch and feel.

Koller Donates to an ‘Extra Special’ Special School

Pupils and staff from the Redway School

Children at a special school in Milton Keynes were presented with a totally refurbished minibus to use on trips out thanks to companies around the UK like Koller, specialists in the design and manufacture of wheelchair accessible vehicle products.

Pupils and staff from the Redway School, which is described as an ‘extra special’ special school and teaches children and teenagers from the age of two to 19 who have a range of learning difficulties,were pleased to receive their ‘new-look’ minibus.