This podcast exalts Schools to shift the focus from partnership with parents to partnership with families; to embrace a more holistic and inclusive approach which values the contributions of all family members involved in a Childs life. At its loftiest this is a paradigm shift to more Family centred practice; in its practical reality it is about adjusting your school newsletter to read ‘dear families’, instead of ‘dear parents’.
In 21st-century Society, when so much childcare is delivered by family members other than parents, do we truly value their contribution ? Does it matter if the home – school liaison diary is completed by a grandparent ? Where is the ‘SibShop’ workshop event in the school calendar to enable siblings to come together for fun activities whilst bonding with other siblings whose life journey is also as a brother/ sister to a child with special educational needs/ disabilities ? Such approaches will enrich the practice of our schools, and the lives of our families, as the speakers in this podcast powerfully illustrate.
There is much debate around how the Care sector has handled their response to the coronavirus pandemic.
In this article, Ruth Smith, CEO, Active Care Group, describes the creative and careful approach taken in her organisation , particularly in supporting clients with Acquired Brain Injury, staff, and families.
The prolific Dr Tina Rae, is offering series of Coffee Time chats on youtube. This second in her series covers the really important issue of Anxiety, which will be a major emotional well being factor for many children, during and post pandemic.
The are easy to listen too, packed with information, and refreshingly practical. Highly recommended.
Katie Buckingham is a young woman who an amazing entrepreneur , and runs an organisation focussed on Mental Health and Well Being, Altruist . She also has a diagnosis of Autism , and serves with me on the National Girls and Autism Forum . She has been a powerful advocate for our work, has written a chapter in the “Girls and Autism” book , and has undertaken many public speaking engagements , openly discussing her own journey toward diagnosis , and the struggles with her mental health.
Katie writes : –
“As part of our commitment to supporting positive mental health, I will be releasing weekly social media videos with practical tips on how individuals can implement the 5 Ways to Well-being at Home”.
The 5 Ways to Well-being are as follows:
1. Stay Connected
2. Be Active
3. Take Notice
Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing a series of videos with practical tips on how you can manage your #mentalhealth and implement the '5 Ways to Well-being at Home'.