We have so much more to understand about how the brain functions. As our knowledge increases, so our insights into the new generation of children with disabilities will grow, and we will better understand how they learn , and how we , as teachers , can better match our teaching styles. Indeed some creative and innovative pedagogy may be required!
A great leader in the area of Neuroscience is Professor Colin Blakemore. As a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine , I commend to you this lecture he gave recently at the RSM.
Through the National Forum for Neuroscience in Special Education, we endeavour to stimulate a dialogue between Neuroscientists and Teachers working with children and young people with SEND.
There are two forthcoming events which may be of interest.
On November 7th , there will be a Seminar on the Neuroscience of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders .
On February 6th, 2014, the Annual Conference will focus on Mental Health, and the insights neuroscience can bring to this most co occurring of Complex Needs.
Both events will be held in London , and further details can be obtained from Natalie Eccles,
Presentations from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Scotland conference on FASD.
A post on the All Party Parliamentary Group for Education website summarising the recent presentation on FSAD
An article from ‘Children and Young People Now’ about the changes needed to teaching to support premature babies.
OFAS-UK is pleased to announce the release of the June 2013 issue of the FETAL ALCOHOL FORUM (Issue 9) with the latest research and articles from a range of experts across many countries.
To download Issue 9, click on the link.
Practitioners may be interested in the wealth of ideas in this excellent piece written by Carolyn Blackburn.
FASD strategies for practitioners
NHS Scotland have launched a fantastic new resource which gives high quality information on FASD.
It is worth a visit to the website!
On Tuesday 14th May, 2013, as part of a seminar in the Houses of Parliament, Professor Carpenter, co founder of the National Forum for Neuroscience in Special Education, launched a Statement on behalf of the Forum, calling for better educational planning , resources and provision. The Statement is intended as a catalyst for debate and informed decision making, and calls for further research into teaching and learning for this group of children, whose numbers rise annually. The Statement was presented to Fabian Hamilton , MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Education Group .Dr Rona Tutt , also a co founder of the Forum , and a past President of the NAHT, also presented at the seminar with particular reference to past SEND legislation , and the current Children and Families Bill.
Prematurity Position statement
Press release on Statement May 2013 FINAL
This article outline a research project that investigated ways of personalising learning for children with complex learning difficulties and disabilities found that engagement was critical to effective learning.
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