To mark World Autism Awareness Day, nasen has launched a new mini – guide highlighting the needs of girls with , or without a diagnosis of Autism. Written by Jo Egerton and Barry Carpenter, with contributions from the Girls with ASC Working Party, the guide is a free download to schools and services.
The guide aims to articulate the current needs and issues surrounding girls with Autism . They are an under-diagnosed group , whose needs often go unmet in schools , and whose mental health in the teenage years often rapidly deteriorates. The Working Party, chaired by Professor Carpenter, realised that they did not have a common language to express these concerns, and their goal in preparing this Guide has been to improve the foundation knowledge and understanding in schools and other child based settings.
As their work drew to a conclusion, they realised that there was so much more to do . The Group will continue its work under the auspices of the National Association of Headteachers, and specifically the National Forum for Neuroscience in Special Education (www.naht.org.uk ). This will include a major National Conference in London early in 2017; detail will be posted on this website.
The Chartered College of Teaching, in partnership with the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) and supported by the Bupa Foundation, is developing a series of webinars and bitesize online learning resources for teachers and school leaders on supporting pupil mental health and wellbeing in practice. These webinars and online resources will be aligned with key themes in the relationships, sex and health education (RSHE) curriculum.
The Chartered College are looking for practising teachers and school leaders to contribute to this project as webinar speakers, and for teachers, leaders and researchers to contribute case studies in audio, video or written form. This is a great opportunity to share best practice, showcase the excellent work that schools are doing and recognise the expertise of teachers who are developing and delivering it.
If you are interested in potentially speaking at a webinar or contributing to a case study, please complete this form by the end of May.
ACAMH are delighted to have teamed up with the Chartered College of Teaching to present a FREE online training series, ‘Pedagogy in practice’, exclusively for teachers and school leaders, and Chartered College of Teaching Members.
Pedagogy is the method and practice of teaching, especially as an academic subject or theoretical concept. This series gives teachers an incredible opportunity to take part in interactive expert webinars looking at how to teach key topics in school. The first of these session looks at Anxiety, something that pupils, and us, at some point, have all experienced. Please register at this link and share with friends and colleagues. Please note that the event is for teachers and school leaders.
About the session:
Anxiety is a part of life and some anxiety is essential because it helps us to act to protect ourselves and ensure our safety. However, anxiety can become problematic when it is out of proportion to the threat in the environment, causes distress and interferes with children and young people’s everyday lives. When this occurs it is often considered to be an ‘anxiety disorder’. Anxiety disorders are extremely common and often start in childhood or adolescence. They can have a significant and ongoing impact on mental health and well-being. Anxiety disorders can affect family, school and social life, leisure activities and educational achievement.
Teachers have a role to play in supporting children and adolescents to understand anxiety as part of the new RSHE curriculum, as well as needing to feel confident that they can recognise the impact it may have on the children they work with. This webinar brings together teachers from a range of settings to consider how they are supporting pupils in the school to understand anxiety. Event attendees will have access not just to the event itself but to supporting materials and resources to help them embed effective practice in their schools.
We have waited years for this! At last we might get our children with FASD what they need.
This quality standard covers assessing and diagnosing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in children and young people. It also covers support during pregnancy to prevent FASD. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.
In this article Vicci Wells discusses her concept of Sports Sanctuaries. She states :
“Sport Sanctuaries take the theory of the biophilia (ie love of nature) hypothesis, whereby being outdoors, in nature, creates experiences that result in reduced stress, improved cognitive function, and enhanced mood and creativity. These spaces of sanctuary, which involve the intentional use of certain physical activities, can increase overall wellbeing and productivity” This concept has been developed into Sensory Sanctuaries, by Riverside School in Northern Ireland, particularly relevant to pupils with Autism and / or Complex Needs.