New e-learning resource about premature birth for education professionals

For many years I have spoken about the need for teachers to be aware of children born prematurely, and the range of learning needs these children present in all classrooms in all settings at all ages and stages.
Indeed, evidence for the Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities  Research Project ( Carpenter et al 2011,;2015) showed that children born prematurely, were presenting profiles of learning need the likes of which we, as teachers , had never seen before. They were  re-writing the Special Needs Registers of our schools.
In training I always advise teachers and school leaders to ask on the admission forms of every school (secondary included!)
“Is there anything in the birth history of this child that we need to know?”
This new resource for educational professionals, developed by Professor Samantha Johnson and her colleagues at Leicester University, now articulates through easy to access , high quality research and practice evidence, why we need a fuller and deeper understanding of how children born prematurely will learn and progress in our school system ,and what some of their learning challenges may be.
The e-learning resource can be accessed online for free here:
It was supported in its development by  Action Medical Research .
There is also a podcast with the editor of the TES about the development and evaluation of the resource and about the educational needs of preterm born children more broadly.
This can be accessed here if you would like to listen:

Designing New Learning Spaces for Children with Autism and Complex Needs

Some years ago I worked with a brilliant Architect, Christopher Beaver, to create new learning spaces for children with Autism and Complex Needs.
The information I used drew on two PhD’s I had been involved with, namely those of Dr Diana Pauli and Dr Tamara Brookes.

Linked below are a series of articles that reflect those discussions, deliberations and developments. These may be helpful in the context of the current expansion of specialist provision

To download these articles, please visit the below website link and click the blue ‘Download’ button.

https://app.box.com/s/2dl0ggl3zdtflgkcjbd4gje7ylmds4pp

Evidencing Engagement: Developing an Evidence Gathering App for Observing Engagement in Early Childhood Settings

Barry Carpenter PhD, Hannah Picken, BA , Jill Wellings BEd, Alan Wood, BSc. (United Kingdom)

This paper was presented to the ISEI Conference in Sydney June, 2019.

Powerpoint (Converted to PDF) - Click the pdf icon below, to download and open.

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Autism Core Capabilities Framework

Health Education England has funded the development of a new autism core capabilities framework for health and care staff, and staff in organisations with public facing responsibilities. The framework will span all ages.

To register for more information, go to the link below:

http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/services/item/714-autism-core-capabilities-framework

Review of Collaborative Approaches to Learning for Pupils with PDA: strategies for education professionals

Collaborative Approaches to learning for pupils with PDA book flyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review Collaborative Approaches to Learning for Pupils with PDA Oct 18 – click to open & view (word.doc – will download separately)

Complex Learning Disabilities and Difficulties (CLDD) Briefing Sheets

These are the briefing sheets on the neurodiverse conditions – Complex Needs-  the DfE funded CLDD Project, (directed by Professor Barry Carpenter), originally compiled.

These are available to download free of charge. There are three sheets in each set, for each Complex Need, (e.g. FASD, Attachment, Prematurity etc)

They are particularly valuable for Teaching Assistants, NQTs, and for Teachers encountering a particular type of Special Need for the first time. They contain essential information, some teaching ideas, and signposts for finding out further information.

These briefing sheets were originally hosted on an SSAT website which has recently been taken down, but teachers are still asking for the sheets, which is why they are being made available.

1. FASD

1a FASD | Classroom Support Sheet

1b FASD | Briefing Sheet

1c FASD | Information Sheet

2. Attachment Disorder

2a Attachment Disorder | Classroom Support Sheet

2b Attachment Disorder | Briefing Sheet

2c Attachment Disorder | Information Sheet

3. Premature Birth

3a Premature Birth | Briefing Sheet

3b Premature Birth | Classroom Support Sheet

3c Premature Birth | Information Sheet

4. Rare Chromosome Disorder

4a Rare Chromosome Disorder | Classroom Support Sheet

4b Rare Chromosome Disorder | Briefing Sheet

4c Rare Chromosome Disorder | Information Sheet

5. ADHD

5a ADHD | Classroom Support Sheet

5b ADHD | Briefing Sheet

5c ADHD | Information Sheet

6. Mental Health

6a Mental Health | Classroom Support Sheet

6b Mental Health | Briefing Sheet

6c Mental Health | Information Sheet

7. Sensory Impairment

7a Sensory | Classroom Support Sheet

7b Sensory | Briefing Sheet

7c Sensory | Information Sheet

8. Fragile X

8a Fragile X | Classroom Support Sheet

8b Fragile X | Briefing Sheet

8c Fragile X | Information Sheet

9. Autism

9a Autism | Classroom Support Sheet

9b Autism | Briefing Sheet

9c Autism | Information Sheet

10. Effects of Drug Use & Smoking During Pregnancy

10a Drugs & Smoking | Briefing Sheet

10b Drugs & Smoking | Classroom Support Sheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autism and Girls

The Article below appeared in the Guardian (15th September 2018), giving new evidence and insight into the female presentation of Autism.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/sep/14/thousands-of-autistic-girls-and-women-going-undiagnosed-due-to-gender-bias

The article is based on an interview with Professor Francesca Happe, who is co – Editor of a forthcoming book on Autism and Girls, (details below)

Autism And Girls Book Flyer

Girls and Autism (Book Update)

Latest Update on Forthcoming Book ‘Girls and Autism’

Educational, Family and Personal Perspectives by Barry Carpenter, Francesca Happé and Jo Egerton

The book is now scheduled for launch on World Autism Day 2019 – 2nd April 2019.

See the flyer below for a chapter update & to view the full flyer.

Details of the Conference etc to follow shortly.

Girls & Autism Book Flyer

Updates on Autism Research

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.

http://www.port.ac.uk/department-of-psychology/community-collaboration/autism-research-network/