If you are interested in Special Needs and Disability in Early Childhood then this World Congress in Sydney, June 2019, gives you an opportunity to learn from others all over the globe. If you have an innovation or interesting practice to share, please think of representing your Country, and submit an abstract (details below)
Teachers often need and appreciate brief, teacher-friendly summaries of relevant research in the field of Autism. The University of Portsmouth autism network posts helpful newsletters on different topics, covering research that can inform evidence based practice and interventions that are systematically trialled.
Take a look through the below weblink.
Four new books, sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions, have been produced by Books Beyond Words. They were warmly received at a Reception to Launch the Books in the House of Lords on 30th April. Baroness Sheila Hollins, Founder of Books Beyond Words, explained the background to the Project, and the process of developing the four books in tandem.
Professor Barry Carpenter, who co – authored with Dr Roger Banks, the book “Choosing my First Job”, spoke at the Launch about the challenge of Transition for young people with Learning Disabilities, and the potential of the books to reduce anxiety, and explain more clearly the rich array of post school opportunities.
For further information about the event, and details about where the books can be obtained from, follow the link below.
Dates for the Mental Wealth Festival 2018 have been announced, it will be 10th and 11th September this year.
For further information go to http://www.mentalwealthfestival.co.uk
Caitlin Hire is a young woman with Autism, who through her teenage years has also experienced some issues with her Mental Health.
Through it all she has shown incredible inner strength and emotional resilience .
This is her story, in her own words, of her journey with Autism. She talks specifically about her struggles with the conventional school system, an experience common to many teenagers with AS.
Her story is full of insight , and will be a revelation to so many other young people, their families and professionals. Her account is poignant, and is told with great candour..”Masking is exhausting, but it’s what I need to do in this neurotypical world to survive.”
Caitlin has given permission for her story to be shared more widely, and ‘BarryCarpenterEducation’ is delighted to offer it as a free download below in .pdf format.
Click the cover image below to open & view Caitlin’s story.
‘Belonging’ deals with issues of Loneliness for people with Learning Disabilities.
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Chair: Professor Barry Carpenter, CBE, OBE.
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After all the debate and politically driven ideology about teaching reading only via Phonics , this article reminds us powerfully why we teach reading , and how holistic approaches are probably more successful with children with SEND.
A child’s first experiences with books and stories, paper and crayons build the foundation for language, reading and writing.
“Teaching language and literacy via the use of books demands the highest quality teaching. This in turn requires knowledge, insight and curiosity about how children learn and develop alongside their unique interests and needs,” writes Kathryn Solly. Kathryn explains how children with SEN can become inspired about books and reading.