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Featured stories

Dr James Cusack

Autistic scientist challenges preconceptions about ASD
New research questions commonly-held beliefs about autism. More

The benefits of being dyslexic
Are some of the qualities society most values classic dyslexic traits? More

Meeting complex needs
How changes in the law are affecting those with multi-sensory impairments. More

Understanding Tourette’s
How Tourette’s affects children and how to live with it. More

New CPD standard for teachers
Guidelines to help teachers and providers organise professional development. More

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Featured organisations

Oaka Books produce curriculum based topic packs for struggling readers. Full of images and colour, they are short and concise, using simple words and sentences. Text is in 14pt Comic Sans on coloured backgrounds. Over 33 KS1/2/3 packs now available for Sciences, Geography, History and French. More

KOMPAN, the leading playground solution provider, has been developing playgrounds designed to promote inclusive child development through play for over 45 years. All Kompan products offer usable and inclusive play products, compelling design, high play value, uncompromising safety, unique innovation and long-lasting quality. For full details, click here.

Amanda Hind Autism Speaker and Consultant brings a unique perspective to talks, training and mentoring: she has two children with autism spectrum conditions, has Aspergers herself and has taught autistic children. She is passionate about deepening people’s understanding of autism. Amanda uses real-life examples to empower participants to further support their children/students. More

The British Psychological Society provides nationally recognised qualifications in test use for SEN professionals who use psychometric or psychological tests to understand children’s strengths and learning needs. Eligible holders of a BPS Test User: Educational, Ability/Attainment (CCET) qualification may progress to do the Access Arrangements Course (AAC). More

Timotay designs and builds unique and stimulating playgrounds across the UK and UAE. From consultation to design and build, Timotay is all you need to create an excellent outdoor play environment. Timotay create playgrounds for children of all abilities and aim to give every child the opportunity of outdoor play. More

Especially Toys and Gifts
With twenty-five years’ experience of disability, Especially Toys aim to surprise and delight you with their range of good value and quality toys for adults and children with special needs and learning difficulties. Toys available include puppets, sensory lights, puzzles, soft toys and co-ordination games. Advice is always available. More

World leading speech recognition software 
Your child is smart, but with dyslexia, they face challenges others don’t: writing, spelling and typing can be frustrating and difficult. Dragon NaturallySpeaking changes all that. It turns thoughts into written words, simply by speaking. They can use the computer to edit documents, jot down ideas etc. using their voice. Find out more here.

Chailey Heritage Foundation is a pioneering charity which educates and cares for children and young adults with complex physical disabilities and health needs. The innovative charity encompasses Chailey Heritage School, an Ofsted-Outstanding special school, Chailey Heritage Residential for three to 19-year-olds and Futures@Chailey Heritage, a specialist transition provision for 19- to 25-year olds. More

Crick Software
Clicker 6 is the child-friendly talking word processor that is helping thousands of pupils with special educational needs to access the curriculum, demonstrate their knowledge and create work they can be proud of. Contact Crick Software today for a free trial or to arrange a free staff demonstration. More

BBC Something Special Magazine is created for all children, of all abilities, so everyone can enjoy the activities. Based on the award-winning CBeebies series, each issue is packed with fun, educational puzzles and stories that encourage communication. Plus, each month, enjoy a quality gift, stickers and at-a-glance Makaton signs. More

Douglas Silas Solicitors are the legal experts specialising exclusively in SEN, helping parents successfully through the SEN process. Their website at is a popular resource used by thousands of parents/professionals. Douglas also authors 'A Guide To The SEN Code of Practice' available for all eBook readers/tablets/smartphones. More details at:

LVS Oxford and LVS Hassocks schools for young people aged 11 to 19 (eight to 19 LVS Hassocks) with autism and Asperger’s providing day and weekly residential places. Enquiries are welcomed so call the school on: 01865 595170 (LVS Oxford) or: 01273 832901 (LVS Hassocks) and have a look around. More

The Hesley GroupCelebrating 40 years, the Hesley Group provides flexible, specialist residential services, schools and colleges. The Hesley Group aims to offer the best possible care, education and support for young people and adults, often with autism, who have a learning disability and complex needs including behaviour that may challenge. More

Prior's Court
Prior's Court offer specialist autism services, supporting and developing young people with autism and complex learning difficulties. The School (5 to 19 years) and Young Adult Provision (19 to 25 years) offer personalised learning focussing on developing independence, life-skills, behaviour management, communication, choice-making, vocational skills and inclusion in the community. More

Sensory Technology Ltd are a specialist multi-sensory company within the design, manufacture and installation of sensory environments. Whether you require a sensory room, sensory garden, soft play area, hydrotherapy pool or padded room they are the first choice for many schools and organisations due to their outstanding service and affordability. More

Seashell Trust provides outstanding education and care services for children and young people with complex communication and learning needs including autism and multi-sensory impairment. Its specialist on-site assessment and leisure facilities enhance and extend the curriculum. Individual programmes are designed by a multi-disciplinary team and delivered by qualified and experienced staff. More

CPD, training and events

Henshaws College Family Open Days
Regular Open Days for families and students to explore the campus, meet staff and students and learn how Henshaws could support you to achieve your goals. Next open day 17 June. Booking essential. For more information, email Henshaws College  or call: 01423 886451. More

Active for autism
Improving sport and physical activity opportunities for people with autism by delivering training to sports professionals through an online module, face to face delivery and bespoke packages. Email Active for Autism 

CPD accredited online training
Autism, sport and physical activity online module is available as part of the Active for autism project. The online module introduces autism focussing on the delivery of sport and physical activity. Email Ask Autism

Autism and sport consultancy
Sports professionals can arrange bespoke consultancy and audit packages dedicated to their needs to help them involve people with autism in sports and physical activity.    

Various Dates/Times
What You Need To Know (The New SEN Framework)
Webinar (1-hour)
Award-winning, specialist SEN solicitor, Douglas Silas, comprehensively explains the new SEN framework in his weekly, CPD-accredited training webinars, available to watch on computers, tablets and phones. This training is aimed at both parents and professionals. More

Various dates (as required)
People First Education SEN INSET training
Effective, personalised, in-house training delivered by experienced, qualified and approachable trainers.
Contact for information and availability. Online booking available.
01427 667556. More

Various dates (as required)
People First Education SEN Consultations and Observations
In-house observations of learners, supported by teacher consultations followed by whole staff lunchtime/twilight feedback session and detailed, personalised written reports including recommendations and interventions.
Contact for information and availability. Online booking available.
01427 667556. More

13 May 2015
Positive Short and Longer Term Approaches in Autism
Newcastle United FC, St James Park, Newcastle
A free event on Positive Behaviour Support specifically aimed at professionals. Experts in their field Alex Kelly, Dawn Dunn, Steven Wilson and Angela Stanton-Greenwood will provide their audience with stimulating interactive presentations. For more information and online bookings, click here

15 May 2015
A day with Professor Tony Attwood
Professor Tony Attwood will deliver a workshop covering two key topics: cognitive abilities, different way of thinking and learning profile; and the profile and abilities in girls and women with Asperger syndrome. More

Various June 2015
ADDISS UK Conferences
22 and 23 June: Lancashire
25 June: Cornwall

27 June: Kent
ADDISS UK are holding three conferences in the UK. For further details and registration, click here.

Various June 2015
People First Education: Getting it Right for Learners with Dyslexia Day
3 June: Premier Meetings Hull, HU9 1TQ 
11 June: Premier Meetings The Haymarket Bristol BS1 3LR
15 June: Premier Meetings South Mimms Hertfordshire EN6 3NH
22 June: Gresham Metropole Hotel Cork, Ireland
26 June: Dublin Chamber of Commerce, Dublin, Ireland

£145 + VAT
For full details and booking online, click here

Various June and July 2015
People First Education: Making Visual Strategies and Social Stories
4 June: Premier Inn, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AD
10 June: Premier Meetings, Team Valley,  Gateshead NE11 0BE
12 June: Premier Meetings  Richard Street Birmingham B7 4AA
17 June: Latton Bush Centre, Harlow, CM18 7BL
23 June: Gresham Metropole Hotel Cork, Ireland
25 June: Dublin Chamber of Commerce, Dublin, Ireland
10 July: Premier Meetings Edmonton London N18 3EF

Visual and auditory social and behavioural strategies for learners with ASDs, ADHD and related conditions. £145 + VAT. Contact for information and availability. Online booking available. 01427 667556. More

1 June 2015
Enabling good transitions for people with autism

Making the transition from early years up to higher education can be one of the biggest changes we make in our lives. This National Autistic Society’s conference will help to develop a greater understanding of transitions and will provide various practical approaches for supporting children throughout the process. More

8 June 2015
Autism and sport – day one
This two day training course is for anyone involved in delivering sport or physical activity and wants to develop on awareness and understanding of autism. More

9 June 2015
Autism and sport – day two
This two day training course will help you recognise and understand what can be done to assist individuals to overcome key barriers and utilise strengths. More

9 to 11 June 2015
Three-day Structured Teaching course
Prior’s Court, Newbury, Berkshire
An intensive course for all working with individuals with autism which provides both the theory and the practical applications of structured teaching. Delivered by trainers with extensive TEACCH and practitioner experience.
£295 professionals/£145 parents/concessions
Prior’s Court Training & Development Centre  01635 247202  More

12 to 13 June, 19 to 20 June and 26 to 27 June 2015
The Autism Show in association with The National Autistic Society, sponsored by Hesley Group and Witherslack Group
ExCeL London, NEC Birmingham and EventCity Manchester
The Autism Show is the national event for autism, dedicated to the two million people in the UK who live and work with autism on a daily basis. Taking place in London, Birmingham and Manchester, the event connects the growing autism community with the latest information, advice, products and services on the condition. At the event visitors can hear from the UK's leading autism professionals; discover 100s of products and services; listen to adults on the spectrum talk about their experiences; learn new strategies and approaches for home and the classroom; access one to one specialist advice; and interact with inspiring and thought-provoking features.
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17 June 2015
The 5th Annual SEND Conference: Improving Outcomes for All Children and Young People
Delegates will have the opportunity to examine the success of reform on strengthening the SEN workforce and hear case studies on improving outcomes for children and young people, through innovative service delivery and early intervention. More

18 June 2015
Towards a Positive Future
Be among expert advisers and discover the changes in health, education and social care law affecting families with SEN and practical and therapeutic strategies to enable families "Towards a Positive Future". More

18 June 2015
Conference: SpLD assessment in context
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London
Understanding the way in which assessment tests are developed and used can assist you in your support of pupils with SpLDs. Join Dyslexia Action for their annual Guild Conference, which will look at why we undertake diagnostic assessment, what leads to the development of assessment and is it fit for purpose? Book online now.

22 to 24 June 2015
NAS Training – TEACCH three day training – with Professor Gary Mesibov
The primary aim of the TEACCH programme is to help to prepare people with autism to live or work more effectively at home, at school and in the community. Special emphasis is placed on helping children with autism and their families. This course is organised by the National Autistic Society. More

25 June 2015
Understanding and managing challenging behaviour

Featuring Professor Gary Mesibov.
This National Autistic Society’s conference will present the latest research and best practice in understanding and responding to behaviour that challenges us in children and adults with autism. More

30 June to 1 July 2015
Digital Education Show
The Digital Education Show UK brings together the world’s leading minds in education and technology. Extraordinary speakers include Ken Robinson, Sugata Mitra, Richard Gerver and more. More

2 July 2015
Engage in their future National Conference 2015

Marriott Hotel, Leeds
How's Your Mental Health?
The conference will be delivering an exciting, inspirational and practical programme of keynote speakers and workshops around the theme. For more information visit the website or email the organisers.

3 July 2015
Autism in schools – workshop by Dr Wenn Lawson
The workshop highlights varying learning styles, ways to build social awareness and understanding, whilst acknowledging different sensory issues and demonstrating ways to adapt school life to be truly inclusive. Wenn is a world famous author, speaker and researcher with autism. More

3 to 5 July 2015
OUPS Annual Conference: Learning Difficulties

Warwick University
Exploring current research into definition, diagnosis and causation of specific learning difficulties, including dyslexia, autism and working memory impairments. More

16 September 2015
Teaching Assistants: High-Impact Training & Effective Deployment

The definitive event to ensure your school is maximising the impact of teaching assistants through effective communication, high-quality training and successful deployment in the classroom. Book today using promotional code SEN15 and receive 20% off your place. Email: James AllenPhone: 020 7954 3434. More

9 to 11 October 2015
10th Biennial Conference of the Asia Pacific Society of Speech, Language and Hearing (APSSLH)
Guangzhou, China
The theme of APCSLH 2015 is "Education, Research and Clinical Service: Within and Beyond Asia and the Pacific" and it will be focusing on the issues of training, research, and practice of the speech, language and hearing science within and beyond the Asia Pacific Rim, benefiting more people with speech, language and hearing disorders. More
Email for details.

15 October 2015
Early Years SEN: Identification and Intervention

Brought to you by Optimus Education, this is the definitive event to ensure your early years setting is meeting your increased responsibilities under the SEND Code of Practice, working in partnership with other agencies and practically supporting child development aged two to five. Click here for more information.

19 to 23 October 2015
TEACCH five-day course

Inspirational and intensive course combining active learning sessions with direct, supervised experience working with students with autism in a structured setting. Led by TEACCH trainers from Division TEACCH and trainers from Prior’s Court with extensive training and experience with the TEACCH approach following more than seven years working with Division TEACCH.
Price of course to be confirmed.
Prior’s Court Training and Development Centre, Newbury, Berkshire  01635 247202  More

4 to 8 April 2016
TEACCH five-day course

Inspirational and intensive course combining active learning sessions with direct, supervised experience working with students with autism in a structured setting. Led by TEACCH trainers from Division TEACCH and trainers from Prior’s Court with extensive training and experience with the TEACCH approach following more than seven years working with Division TEACCH.
Price of course to be confirmed.
Prior’s Court Training and Development Centre, Newbury, Berkshire  01635 247202  More

Douglas Silas Solicitors
The Hesley Group
NAS conferences
Prior's Court

Inside Government
Dyslexia Action Conference
Oaka Books
Optimus Teaching Assistants Conference
NAS Active
Amanda Hind
LVS Oxford
The Digital Education Show
Chailey Heritage Foundation
The Learning Playground by Kompan
The Autism Show
Seashell Trust
British Psychological Society
BBC Something Special Magazine
Jordan Publishing
The Autism Directory