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Featured stories

United we stand
How can we tackle bullying of children with SEN? More

A special place
Special school worked wonders for my autistic daughters, says mum. More

What’s so special about outcomes?
Everything you need to know about “outcomes” in the new SEN system. More

No will, no way
Schools need the expertise and desire to teach dyslexic pupils. More

Philanthropist launches major autism project
National Autism Project to advise on UK autism research and practice. More

For the latest stories, visit: senmagazine.co.uk


Featured organisations


Specialist Legal Help
Whilst everybody else is gearing down during the Summer term and already looking forward to the summer holidays, specialist SEN solicitor, Douglas Silas, and his team are working hard to help children/young people get an appropriate provision or placement for the new academic year in September. 
Douglas says: "Parents come to us for help with SEN issues – whether to get their child more provision at a current school or to secure a place at another school -  especially with confusion from the new SEN framework and transfers of Statements into EHC plans." 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.


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 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. Newsletter readers, receive a 10% discount by using code "SEN" at checkout. More


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


Henshaws Specialist College is a transformational place. Through its personalised approach to education and care, it empowers young people living with a disability to live life the way they want. Whether preparing for employment, making friends or learning to live more independently, Henshaws enables its students to make their aspirations possible and goals a reality. More


Crick Software is sponsoring an exciting CPD Day in London this November for primary SENCOs. Entitled "Technology for the Inclusive Classroom", the focus will be on using ICT to level the playing field and create a truly inclusive learning experience for all. Book your place today for just £79! More


Douglas Silas Solicitors are the legal experts specialising exclusively in SEN, helping parents successfully through the SEN process. Their website at www.SpecialEducationalNeeds.co.uk 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: www.AGuideToTheSENCodeOfPractice.co.uk


LVS Oxford and LVS Hassocks schools for young people with autism and Asperger’s provide day and weekly residential places. Meet staff and learners and have a look around at one of their Open Days: 01865 595170 (LVS Oxford – 23 September) or: 01273 832901 (LVS Hassocks – 9 October). 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


AuKids magazine, a quarterly publication for parents of children with autism, has won the Specialist Magazine of the Year Award in the Prolific North Awards, the largest media gathering outside London.

The not for profit magazine provides practical and inspiring advice presented in an upbeat way. Judges praised its “innovative, colourful style and its sense of humour”. 

AuKids is run by journalist Debby Elley, who has twins with autism, and speech and language therapist Tori Houghton. More


CPD, training and events


Autism Professional Awards 2016
This year’s Autism Professional Awards are now open for nomination. These awards have been created to recognise the outstanding work and contributions made by autism professionals in the UK. Nominate your team or an exceptional individual. 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 
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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. More


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. More

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 August to October 2015
Autism and sport: one-day theory and practical combined

30 Aug: London
2 Sept: Newcastle
15 Sept: York
22 Sept: London

31 Oct: Sheffield
The course, organised by The National Autistic Society, provides a comprehensive introduction to autism, focusing on the delivery of sport. It will help delegates to recognise and understand the key areas of difference in autism, as well as looking at supportive strategies in practical situations in order to reduce the difficulties experienced by participants and session leaders. More


Various September and November 2015
Understanding and supporting children with PDA

29 September: Glasgow
18 November: London
Delivered by Phil Christie from the Elizabeth Newson Centre, the course aims to develop a clearer understanding of PDA and its relationship to autism spectrum disorder. The session will focus on developing an understanding of developmental pathways and educational management of some of the more complex children within the autism spectrum, particularly those who fit the profile of PDA. More


Various September 2015 to February 2016
Promoting Positive Behaviour Training    

15 Sep: Hull
17 Sept: Gateshead

1 Oct: Cleckheaton (nr Bradford)
24 Nov: Liverpool
3 Dec: Sheffield
9 Feb: Reading

Designed to enable successful inclusion of a broad range of individuals and groups of learners including those with neurological conditions such as Autism, Asperger syndrome, ADHD, ADD and related disorders whilst fully meeting the needs of their peers. More


Various September 2015 to January 2016
Visual Interventions and Social Stories Training
8 Sept: Leeds/Bradford Airport
18 Nov: London Victoria
26 Nov: Coventry
10 Dec: Halifax

13 Jan: London Edmonton
A visual and auditory social and behavioural strategy for teaching and support staff working with learners with autism, Asperger syndrome, ADHD and related conditions. More


Various September 2015 to February 2016
Dyslexia

29 Sept: Liverpool
8 Oct: Carlisle
8 Dec: Manchester
14 Jan: London Edmonton
19 Jan: Brighouse (nr Huddersfield)
26 Jan: Banbury
27 Jan: Chesterfield
3 Feb: Gateshead

10 Feb: Reading
Strategies for the effective inclusion of learners with for educators and/or support staff, designed to successfully include learners with dyslexia. More


Various September 2015 to January 2016
ADHD/ADD Training
9 Sept: Brighouse (nr Huddersfield)
30 Sept: Manchester
17 Nov: King’s Lynn
2 Dec: Gateshead

21 Jan: South Mimms
Strategies for the effective inclusion of learners with for educators and/or support staff, designed to successfully include learners with ADHD. More


Various September 2015 to February 2016
Various Autism/Asperger Syndrome Training

16 Sept: Carlisle
21 Sept: Rugby
6 Oct: Liverpool
1 Dec: Brighouse (nr Huddersfield)
20 Jan: South Mimms
28 Jan: Leicester

4 Feb: Gateshead
Strategies for effective inclusion of learners with autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs): for teachers and/or support staff, designed to enable successful inclusion of learners with autism and Asperger syndrome. More


15 September 2015
Learning and Interactions
Manchester Central
Conference hosted by Seashell Trust and Sense for professionals supporting people with learning disabilities and/or sensory impairments. Programme features talks from international speakers and leading experts, a range of workshops and CPD certificate of attendance. £160. Email the organisersTel: 020 7014 9305.


15 and 16 September 2015
The Digital Education Show Middle East 2015
Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Dubai, UAE
The Digital Education Show is the Middle East’s largest education conference bringing educators, principals, IT and administration together for one shared goal. More


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


24 September 2015
Dr Wenn Lawson – Autism, communication and sensory

London
This one day workshop will explore communication and sensory differences in depth, using available research, personal stories and anecdotes, video and practical hands on examples. The presentation will be non-technical (but will utilise technology), down-to-earth and fun! More


29 September 2015
Girls on the autism spectrum conference

Falkirk, Scotland
This conference, organised by The National Autistic Society, will examine the unique challenges facing girls and women with autism, including first-hand accounts from women on the spectrum about the issues surrounding day-to-day living, whether diagnosed or undiagnosed. More


30 September 2015
Henshaws Specialist College Open Evening

Harrogate
An opportunity for families and students to explore the campus, meet staff and students and learn how Henshaws could support you to achieve your goals. Booking essential. For more information and to book, email Henshaws College  or call: 01423 886451. More


30 September to 2 October 2015
GESS Indonesia – Bursting with Education Ideas

Jakarta Convention Centre, Indonesia
Launching this year, GESS Indonesia will serve Indonesia’s booming education industry. GESS is free of charge to attend, giving you the opportunity to experience innovative exhibits and demonstrations from industry experts on the very latest education technologies and solutions. More


Various October 2015 to January 2016
Understanding autism and introduction to the SPELL Framework
7 Oct: Manchester
3 Dec: London

28 Jan: Nottingham
The course, organised by The National Autistic Society, will provide an overview of the autism spectrum and focus on providing effective support for individuals with autism, based on The National Autistic Society’s SPELL framework. More 

1 October 2015
Autech 2015
Manchester

Global experts in robotics, biometrics, cloud-based technology and apps will explore how people with autism can be better understood, supported and encouraged to live full lives. This essential conference for autism professionals, educators and carers will also look at sensory issues, with expert Olga Bogdashina and autism ambassador Rosie King.   Tel: 0151 334 7510. More


1 October 2015
Supporting young people with autism conference

Belfast
Hear information and best practice around identification and diagnosis of autism, as well as practical advice on how to support those affected by autism in school and at home. This conference is organised by The National Autistic Society. More


9 October 2015
New topic: Autism and good practice in design conference

London, Royal College of Art
Discussions at this new conference will include planning environments, schools and homes, designing systems to aid support workers in their roles, as well as the impact of sensory considerations on the design of spaces and technology. This conference is organised by The National Autistic Society. More


9 and 10 October 2015
TES SEN SHOW

Business Design Centre, London
Registration is now open for the UK's largest dedicated special educational needs show. Register free for your fast-track entry pass and book your early-bird CPD seminar tickets before 31 July to save 20%. More


9 to 11 October 2015
9th 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.


13 October 2015
Autism, relationships and puberty conference

Birmingham 
At this conference, organised by The National Autistic Society, you will learn tools and strategies to help you talk confidently about relationships with children and adults with autism. Also featuring interactive seminars on keeping people safe, puberty and the legal framework for teachers. More


13 and 14 October 2015
Autism and sport – two day course

Birmingham
This two day training course is for anyone involved in delivering sport or physical activity and who wants to develop an awareness and understanding of autism. More 


15 October 2015
Optimus Education’s Early 
Years SEN: Identification and Intervention conference
ILEC Conference Centre, London
Meet increased responsibilities under the SEND Code of Practice, improve communication with parents and learn how to identify need early. Book using promotional code SEN15 and receive 20% off your place. For more information, phone: 0207 954 3410, email: Sebastian Treasure or visit: www.oeconferences.com/EYSEN15


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
training@priorscourt.org.uk  01635 247202  More


4 November 2015
Learning to wee and poo in the right place – continence problems in children with autism
Barnsley
The course will focus on the common toileting difficulties in children with autism, toileting training, specific continence issues and autism-related continence issues. The day will be presented by Dr Eve Fleming (Community Paediatrician) and Lorraine MacAlister (NAS). More


25 to 27 March 2016
Rehacare & Orthopedic Canton & Multi-discipline Rehab Treatment 2016 (R&OC+MDRT)

Poly World Trade Centre, Guangzhou, China
The leading trade fair of rehabilitation therapy, assistive technology, prosthetics and orthotics in Western Pacific Area. 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
training@priorscourt.org.uk  01635 247202  More

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

Autech 2015
LVS Oxford

Autism Professionals Awards 2016
The Digital Education Show
TES SEN Show 2015
Chailey Heritage Foundation
The Learning Playground by Kompan
Seashell Trust
British Psychological Society

Optimus Teaching Assistants Conference
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