The Routledge Companion to Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties

26 01 2015

The Routledge Companion to Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties

The book contains a myriad of topics and themes, from learning contexts and understanding difficulties through to curriculum development and issues in teaching and learning. The overall context is one of services and families working together to ensure the best education and care possible.

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The Routledge Companion to Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties

A Tribute to my dear friend and colleague, Dr Penny Lacey, Senior Lecturer in Special Education, University of Birmingham.

26 01 2015


The tribute below will appear shortly in the next issue of “ PMLD Link.”

Conference on Special Educational Needs

26 01 2015

ADHD, Autism, SLI and SpLD – What do they all have in common?

March 16th 2015
Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

Conference Details

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder debated in the UK Parliament.

5 01 2015

Watch the video to the debate initiated by NOFAS-UK in the Houses of Parliament and experts responses to the recent court case challenging whether heavy drinking in pregnancy should beconsidered as a mother’s crime against her fetus. The Court of Appeal ruled that the fetus cannot be the victim of a crime. As controversial as the debate was, more importantly, it made people aware of the dangers of drinking alcohol in pregnancy. 

As a caveat it is worth noting that in Norway the Foetus is accorded status , and has legal rights.

Mental Health National Conference in Birmingham; March 19th/20th, 2015

5 01 2015

Flier V1 Final

Complex Needs Modules to go Europe wide.

11 12 2014
An innovative project , co ordinated by Leeds Beckett University in the UK, will see the Complex Needs modules translated into Spanish , German, Turkish, and Bulgarian! This development , funded by the European Union Erasmus Programme, affirms the high quality and innovative nature of these materials.
The focus of the Project will be staff training in the field of Intellectual Disability , and will be co ordinated by Nick Mitchell , Principal Programme Consultant at Leeds Beckett university. Jo Egerton , who worked on the original Complex Needs Module Project in the UK, will be the Research Fellow for this European Project.
Details of the Project as linked below.
Professor Barry Carpenter, who was Director of the original Complex Needs Research Project in the UK, and who oversaw the development of  the original  training modules in English  ( http://www.complexneeds., said at the inaugural meeting of the European Project Group, itide, “ This is a marvellous opportunity to bring to staff working with children with Intellectual Disabilities across Europe, the innovative and groundbreaking work that the Team behind the original modules put together. I am delighted to think that our legacy will have such a potentially transformative impact.”

Changing Children – Changing Services? The moving landscape of Early Childhood Intervention

29 10 2014
The Video clip below is Professor Carpenters’ Keynote presentation to Australian Early Childhood Intervention Association, September, 2014.


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