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:
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.
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
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
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
The Article below appeared in the Guardian (15th September 2018), giving new evidence and insight into the female presentation of Autism.
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)
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.
For updated information on the work of the Forum please go to –
Chair: Professor Barry Carpenter, CBE, OBE.
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.