Book Clubs for people with Learning Disabilities

Using the ‘wordless’ Books Beyond Words, (BBW), has given a new lease of life to Katie Carpenter, (a young woman with Down’s syndrome) who runs her own Book Club every month for her friends , and now works as a volunteer Book Club Leader in a new 19-25 educational provision for young adults with Learning Disabilities.

Here her Father, Barry Carpenter, describes the impact on Katie’s life, in terms of her daily functioning, friendships and releasing her leadership capacity.

Katie Carpenter Photo Book Signing
Katie signing copies of her co authored book in the BBW series , “Going to Church .”









More information about the Books Beyond Words series can be obtained from

Neuroscience & Teachers

Increasingly teachers are wanting to increase their understanding of brain functioning in children , and how it enhances our understanding of the learning process.

There is an excellent listing of online resources about neuroscience and the brain on the BNA website:


Inquiring Minds: Adapting mental wealth journals for pupils with additional needs

This beautifully crafted article by Jo Egerton and Bev Cockbill describes a school based inquiry, generating an evidence base, from which professional judgements can be made about the effectiveness of emotional well being journals as a resource for promoting positive mental health is children with SEND.

It is timely as it addresses practical approaches to Mental Heath in schools, but also demonstrates the power of classroom-based inquiry as a key approach to professional learning for teachers and teaching assistants.

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The ‘Parents of Girls with Autism’ online community

The ‘Parents of Girls with Autism’ online community has now been approved and can be found here

The community is aimed at parents, however it also welcomes women with autism and professionals with an interest in the subject.

Please register through the weblink above to join.