The SENDcast

Dale Pickles

The SENDcast is a weekly podcast focusing on Special Educational Needs, it is an amazing way to keep up to date with all the different areas within SEN, best practices and to improve your knowledge around SEND. read less

Girls on the Spectrum - Autism and Puberty with Victoria Ellen
3d ago
Girls on the Spectrum - Autism and Puberty with Victoria Ellen
Puberty is a topic that is rarely discussed and when taught at school the feelings and emotions are often not explained in detail. It can be seen as an embarrassing subject for both parents/carers and young people, therefore conversations can be avoided and when young people start puberty they can feel unprepared. Puberty brings a lot of physical changes, especially for girls, including body growth and menstruation.   Victoria Ellen joins Dale today for ‘Girls on the Spectrum: Autistic experiences of Puberty’ which is an open discussion on the experience of puberty for girls with autism, covering: Sensory issuesOverwhelming choice of productsConformingGiving young people space at home Victoria highlights not only the physical aspects of puberty, but also navigating emotional and social development. Listen to understand an autistic girl’s experience of puberty and the impact it has on all aspects of everyday life, especially at school. About Victoria Ellen Victoria Ellen is a late diagnosed Autistic adult. She is an online content creator who shares her experiences of Autism via cute aesthetically pleasant graphics and striking captions. She is an Autistic researcher and public speaker, who uses her knowledge of research and her own personal experiences to educate and inform others, as well as providing resources and advice. Contact Victoria Ellen Website - Actuallyaspling.wordpress.com Twitter - @actuallyaspling Instagram - @actuallyaspling Facebook - Facebook.com/actuallyaspling Useful Links https://personal-eyes-education.com/swrnir https://www.robynsteward.com/the-autism-friendly-guide-to-periods https://wuka.co.uk/
Supporting Autism in Schools with Yoga with Jyoti Jo Manuel
Jan 26 2023
Supporting Autism in Schools with Yoga with Jyoti Jo Manuel
Schools are notoriously difficult environments for children with autism to function in, let alone thrive in. We need to support them with understanding, and effective impactful tools to help them to navigate the challenges that they experience in life. Jyoti Jo Manuel joins Dale in today’s episode ‘Supporting Autism in Schools with Yoga’. Jyoti discusses the value and need for yoga as a therapeutic intervention for children and young people with autism.  Having worked with children across the autism spectrum, she shares how and why practising yoga supports them. Breathing techniques are proven to calm the nervous system, which in turns helps to enhance the quality and quantity of sleep, improve digestion, and improve mental and emotional health and resilience.  Jyoti highlights the importance of adults taking care of themselves in order to support children “I don't believe that you can help a child to regulate if you're not regulated”. Listen to find out how yoga can support your pupils with autism and help them to manage the sensory complexities of the classroom.  About Jyoti Jo Manuel Jyoti has been practising yoga since 1974 and teaching since 1989. She is one of the leaders in the training and application of yoga as a therapeutic intervention for children with special and additional needs. She pioneered children’s yoga in the UK. She set up the global training school, Special Yoga in 2002 to provide sustainable and accessible training programmes and to support practitioners delivering the work . She works with local education authorities, NHS, academies and individual schools, arents/carers and paediatric professionals. She has travelled globally to extend Special Yoga in Sri Lanka, Thailand, India, Australia, Mexico, Peru, Russia, and many countries in Europe. She is currently training 45 psychologists in the Ukraine to support their traumatised children. Contact Jyoti Jo Manuel Website - www.specialyoga.co.uk Email - info@specialyoga.co.uk Instagram - @Specialyogaglobal Facebook - Special Yoga | Facebook Useful Links https://www.autism.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/professional-practice/yoga-schools https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32677240/ https://themindedinstitute.com/yoga-stress-anxiety-children-autism/
How Schools Can Build Positive Well-being Among Students with Sue White
Jan 19 2023
How Schools Can Build Positive Well-being Among Students with Sue White
95% of schools have seen an increase in pupil anxiety, which makes anxiety and mental health evermore important topics. We need to support student’s well-being so they can get the most out of their learning and fully engage in school life, but it doesn't always require big changes. Our new special guest, Sue White, joins Dale for the first time on the SENDcast to discuss ‘How schools can build positive well-being among students’. We process visuals much faster than we process language, so when anxious, a visual can enable more effective communication. Sue comes from a background of visuals and symbols so she highlights how we can give students the tools they need to be able to express their emotions. Listen to this episode to hear how you can use visuals and symbols to enable students to communicate their feelings and build positive well-being in your setting. “We're making everything inclusive, we're reducing the anxiety, we're giving everybody access and hopefully having a positive and happy classroom in the process.” About Sue White A qualified primary teacher, Sue’s passion for building children’s vocabulary came after teaching a child with specific learning difficulties. Sue could see that the child’s behaviour in class was borne from a frustration of not being able to fully participate in lessons. Determined to help, Sue started a long journey of learning how to help children who process learning differently. She first became a SENCo and later specialised in a range of developmental disorders where lack of vocabulary development impacted on attainment.    Sue discovered that symbols – visual representations of words – can help all children comprehend spoken and written text, communicate better, as well as build confidence, independence and vocabulary. She has been with Widgit since 2018 where she has advised hundreds of schools on how to use symbols to improve learning and support delayed language development.   Contact Sue White Website - https://www.widgit.com Email - Sue@widgit.com Twitter - @Widgit_Software Instagram - @widgitsoftware Facebook - facebook.com/widgitsoftware26/ Useful Links Sue recently co-authored a report: Walking the talk: A vocabulary recovery plan for primary schools. 30 day free trial of Widgit Symbols software to helps schools improve children’s language and literacy skills https://www.widgit.com/language
Should Everyone Learn To Sign? Moving Away From An Interpreter Model with Sarah Billingham
Jan 12 2023
Should Everyone Learn To Sign? Moving Away From An Interpreter Model with Sarah Billingham
Needing to use sign language can be very isolating for a child and they are often excluded from natural conversation. The use of signing (both BSL and Makaton) has increased in popularity, but are we using this tool to its maximum effect for children with language and communication needs?  Sarah Billingham joins Dale in this episode ‘Should everyone learn to sign?’ and highlights that a great deal of time and emphasis is spent teaching modern foreign languages, but how much time is spent teaching children how to communicate with peers that have communication needs? Are we equipping them for all of the interactions they may have as adults?  Some schools and settings are doing a great job of introducing signing to support basic communication but are not embedding this across the setting. This therefore limits some of the communication and social opportunities for the children in their settings. Listen to hear Sarah emphasize the need to change cultures in schools so that signing is seen as a more integral part of learning and how everyone can benefit. About Sarah Billingham Sarah Billingham is a specialist teacher, she runs Confident Kids, a unique Early Years service. She equips parents, carers and practitioners with expert knowledge and the practical tools they need to offer their little people the very best communication support they can. Sarah has been working with children with speech and language needs for over 16 years in mainstream and specialist settings. Contact Sarah Billingham Website - www.confidentkids.co Email - sarah@confidentkids.co Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/ConfidentTransitions https://www.facebook.com/confidentkids.co Useful Links https://makaton.org/
I Can't Go To School with Suzy Rowland
Jan 5 2023
I Can't Go To School with Suzy Rowland
We’re starting the year off with this first episode ‘I can’t go to school’ with Suzy Rowland. It is a long and winding road from late diagnosis and support, unsuccessful placement, social isolation and mental health to school non-attendance. School avoidance is a big issue that intersects education, mental health and disability. The impact is felt widely in the community and can impact young people’s life for a considerable time.   In this episode we examine the journey of school avoidance and where we are currently: Parent/carer perspectivesTeacher perspectivesYoung people’s POVGovernment positioning – currentlyFines from some local authoritiesComplexity of individual families/family settings Listen to find out how school avoidance starts, the impact of stress levels and fears have, and the polarised views from school and family. How is this big issue resolved with minimum collateral damage? About Suzy Rowland Suzy Rowland is the author of S.E.N.D. in the Clowns, a poetry collection and  “I can’t go to school!”  - a children’s workbook for school non-attenders, an ADHD & Autism Spectrum Condition Specialist, Mindful Cognitive Behaviour Therapist & Speaker. She founded the #happyinschool project to provide interactive, bespoke training and consultancy, rooted in lived experience.  In this capacity, she works as an agent of change with families and young people, mental health professionals, educators, local authorities, charitable and corporate organisations, to build knowledge, connections and positive narratives about educating and employing neurodivergent thinkers.  Suzy is also a presenter for Women’s LIK UltravisionTV.   Contact Suzy Rowland Website – www.happyinschoolproject.com Email – hello@happyinschoolproject.com   Twitter – @SchoolHappyin LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/milknosugarcomms/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/happyinschool Instagram – @happyinschool   Useful Links www.happyinschoolproject.com   I can’t go to school published by JKP in December 2022.   S.E.N.D in the Clowns published by Hashtag Press.   Anna Freud Centre
What Are Outcomes and Why Do They Matter? with Abigail Hawkins
Dec 29 2022
What Are Outcomes and Why Do They Matter? with Abigail Hawkins
In this last episode of 2022, Abigail Hawkins joins Dale to discuss ‘What are outcomes and why do they matter?’. Abigail takes us through the 3 types of outcomes: Academic outcomes – exam results – the one mostly talked about, reported on and the ones everyone seems to care most about.Soft outcomes – attendance, behaviour – collected and often used as an excuse for academic data. The one often moaned about.Life outcomes – socialising, food, washing, travel – the most valuable to our most vulnerable. The underdog, hardly mentioned, often side-lined, not valued and not reported. We’re all expected to know about mental health, self-care, importance of sleep, mindfulness, personal finances, nutrition, time management and much more but we’re not teaching children these things at school. Listen to this impassioned discussion about outcomes. We will be bringing you more new content in 2023 with 52 episodes covering all the latest in SEND. Wishing you a Happy New Year! About Abigail Hawkins Abigail runs SENDCOSolutions, an SEN consultancy and SENsible SENCO CIC, a not-for-profit networking support group.  She has been a SENCO for over 25 years and has taught a multitude of subjects across all phases from 2-year-olds to adults.  She works with software companies developing supportive software for SEN and Safeguarding purposes, has developed and delivers on a teaching assistant apprenticeship programme, authored several books on SEN and exclusions and runs a support network for over 9000 SENCOs.  Until recently, she was the Chair of Governors for 3 schools in the East Midlands and she still works as a SENCO for part of her week.  Abigail has a no-nonsense, practical approach to SEN issues faced by schools. Abigail was one of the three lead voices on a series of SEN webinars delivered over the lockdowns amassing an audience of over 12000 viewers and she uses modern approaches to share SEN-related information including a successful YouTube channel.  Contact Abigail Hawkins Website - www.sendcosolutions.co.uk www.sensiblesenco.org.uk   Email - enquiries@sendcosolutions.co.uk Twitter - @sendcosolutions Facebook - Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sensiblesenco  Facebook - Page: https://www.facebook.com/SENsibleSENCO  Useful Links Weekly SEN Network/CPD meetings for the SENsible SENCO community.  Details available on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/sensible-senco-33587615959 Books:  Approach It, Map It, Manage It - https://amzn.to/3ab59Do The SENDCO - https://amzn.to/3yFCYGt School Exclusion - https://amzn.to/3by6ULj
SEND Christmas Crackers with Dr Susie Nyman - Part 1 – Making Christmas enjoyable for everyone
Dec 22 2022
SEND Christmas Crackers with Dr Susie Nyman - Part 1 – Making Christmas enjoyable for everyone
A discussion based on neurodiverse learners and strategies to help them cope with the run up to Christmas. Susie talks about strategies and solutions she has discovered whilst working in the classroom setting at The Sixth Form College, Farnborough as well as in Curriculum Support at The Oratory School.  It is always useful to have a toolbox of strategies for teachers, parents/carers to use with SEND students in the run up to Christmas, to alleviate the worries and stresses of the festive season. Listen to help children with SEND to prepare for this weekend.   About Dr Susie Nyman Dr Susie Nyman is passionate about discovering how children learn and supporting them in ways which enable them to succeed. She was appointed as a Biology teacher at The Sixth Form College Farnborough in 1995, and subsequently as Curriculum Manager for Health and Social Care where she has worked ever since.  Susie strives to raise students’ achievements and support them in ways which enables them to succeed.  She works with her students deploying a range of innovative and Multi-sensory teaching techniques to assist their learning including her ‘Equality and Diversity Tree’ and famous puppets!  Additionally, she has provided training to PGCE students at Kingston University, and in a number of local schools and colleges on teaching strategies. Since February 2017, Susie has presented seminars on ‘Multi-sensory Techniques’ at The Learning Differences Conventions in Australia, Richmond College, The Helen Arkell Centre, Bell House, The Oratory School, The National Education Show and The Tes SEN Shows in London and Manchester.    Recently, she was filmed ‘in action’ for The British Dyslexia Association as well as Oaka Books, and the footage is available on YouTube. Subsequently, she has written a chapter about ‘Multi-sensory Teaching’ in the BDA Dyslexia Friendly Schools Good Practice Guide and ‘The Multi-sensory Teaching Toolkit’ by Oaka Books.  In recognition of over 21 years continued service at The Sixth Form College Farnborough, Susie has been nominated three times by the College for the ‘Tes FE Teacher of the Year Award’. This is an honour of which she is immensely proud.  Contact Dr Susie Nyman: Website – drnymanconsultancy.co.uk Email – drsusienyman@drnymanconsultancy.co.uk Twitter – @DrSusieNyman Useful Links Eastap, L. and Gregory, J. (Ed’s) (2018) Dyslexia Friendly Schools Good Practice Guide 2nd Edition, British Dyslexia Association. Nyman, S. (2020). How to become a Grade Riser. Chichester: Oaka Books: https://www.oakabooks.co.uk/collections/revision-extras/products/how-to-be-a-grade-riser-by-dr-susie-nyman-teacher-must-have Nyman. S. (2019) The Exam Question Task Board.  Chichester: Oaka Books: https://www.oakabooks.co.uk/products/task-board-by-dr-susie-nyman?_pos=1&_sid=cf1663598&_ss=r   Nyman, S (2019).  Sensory Support for Dyslexia. Retrieved from The SEN Magazine issue 103: https://issuu.com/senmagazine/docs/sen103   Nyman, S (2020). How to get an A* in English.  Retrieved from The Studying with Dyslexia Blog: https://studyingwithdyslexiablog.co.uk/blog/oakabooks-bambi-gardiner-how-to-get-an-a-in-english-dr-susie-nyman-confirmed-for-the-bda-good-practice-in-dyslexia-and-literacy-conference Nyman, S (2022) ‘Student Icebergs with Dr Susie Nyman’. SENDcast Special Needs Podcast: https://www.thesendcast.com/student-icebergs/ Nyman, S (2021). Scanning Pens: ‘Live Literacy Strategies with Julia and Susie’: ‘https://youtu.be/vlgw2O2-SPg Nyman, S (2022). OCR: Preparing students for exams tips for teachers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ch3JuRQsyVo
SEND Christmas Crackers with Dr Susie Nyman - Part 2 – Christmas Carols
Dec 22 2022
SEND Christmas Crackers with Dr Susie Nyman - Part 2 – Christmas Carols
Away in a Manger, Holly & the Ivy, We three kings, Jingle Bells and Silent Night are all traditional Christmas Carols, but have you ever considered the connection they have with SEND? In Part 2 of ‘SEND Christmas Crackers’, Susie bases her discussion on a range of topics linked to a variety of Christmas carols, connecting fascinating stories to neurodiverse case studies. About Dr Susie Nyman Dr Susie Nyman is passionate about discovering how children learn and supporting them in ways which enable them to succeed. She was appointed as a Biology teacher at The Sixth Form College Farnborough in 1995, and subsequently as Curriculum Manager for Health and Social Care where she has worked ever since.  Susie strives to raise students’ achievements and support them in ways which enables them to succeed.  She works with her students deploying a range of innovative and Multi-sensory teaching techniques to assist their learning including her ‘Equality and Diversity Tree’ and famous puppets!  Additionally, she has provided training to PGCE students at Kingston University, and in a number of local schools and colleges on teaching strategies. Since February 2017, Susie has presented seminars on ‘Multi-sensory Techniques’ at The Learning Differences Conventions in Australia, Richmond College, The Helen Arkell Centre, Bell House, The Oratory School, The National Education Show and The Tes SEN Shows in London and Manchester.    Recently, she was filmed ‘in action’ for The British Dyslexia Association as well as Oaka Books, and the footage is available on YouTube. Subsequently, she has written a chapter about ‘Multi-sensory Teaching’ in the BDA Dyslexia Friendly Schools Good Practice Guide and ‘The Multi-sensory Teaching Toolkit’ by Oaka Books.  In recognition of over 21 years continued service at The Sixth Form College Farnborough, Susie has been nominated three times by the College for the ‘Tes FE Teacher of the Year Award’. This is an honour of which she is immensely proud.  Contact Dr Susie Nyman: Website – drnymanconsultancy.co.uk Email – drsusienyman@drnymanconsultancy.co.uk Twitter – @DrSusieNyman Useful Links Eastap, L. and Gregory, J. (Ed’s) (2018) Dyslexia Friendly Schools Good Practice Guide 2nd Edition, British Dyslexia Association. Nyman, S. (2020). How to become a Grade Riser. Chichester: Oaka Books: https://www.oakabooks.co.uk/collections/revision-extras/products/how-to-be-a-grade-riser-by-dr-susie-nyman-teacher-must-have Nyman. S. (2019) The Exam Question Task Board.  Chichester: Oaka Books: https://www.oakabooks.co.uk/products/task-board-by-dr-susie-nyman?_pos=1&_sid=cf1663598&_ss=r   Nyman, S (2019).  Sensory Support for Dyslexia. Retrieved from The SEN Magazine issue 103: https://issuu.com/senmagazine/docs/sen103   Nyman, S (2020). How to get an A* in English.  Retrieved from The Studying with Dyslexia Blog: https://studyingwithdyslexiablog.co.uk/blog/oakabooks-bambi-gardiner-how-to-get-an-a-in-english-dr-susie-nyman-confirmed-for-the-bda-good-practice-in-dyslexia-and-literacy-conference Nyman, S (2022) ‘Student Icebergs with Dr Susie Nyman’. SENDcast Special Needs Podcast: https://www.thesendcast.com/student-icebergs/ Nyman, S (2021). Scanning Pens: ‘Live Literacy Strategies with Julia and Susie’: ‘https://youtu.be/vlgw2O2-SPg Nyman, S (2022). OCR: Preparing students for exams tips for teachers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ch3JuRQsyVo
Medication for Supporting Children with ADHD: Chemical Cosh or Reset Button with Fintan O’Regan
Dec 15 2022
Medication for Supporting Children with ADHD: Chemical Cosh or Reset Button with Fintan O’Regan
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental difference with the key traits of Hyperactivity, Impulsivity and Inattention. Medication can be prescribed to support these traits for both adults and children, but in the UK, historically, medication is often used as the last resort – is that a good or bad thing? In this episode ‘Medication for Supporting children with ADHD: Chemical cosh or reset button’, Fintan O’Regan joins Dale to discuss the: range of medications availablepros and cons of medicationpossible side effectsattitudes and opinionsnational and international differences There is no doubt that the issue of medication divides opinions amongst professionals and parents. It’s always a personal decision to be made by the child and family, based upon what is right for them. About Fintan O’Regan Fintan was the Head teacher of the Centre Academy from 1996 -2002, which was the first specialist school in the UK for students between the ages of 7-19 specialising issues related to ADHD, ASD and ODD. He is an associate lecturer for Leicester University, the National Association of Special Needs, the Institute of Education, the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre and the former Vice Chairman of the UK ADHD Network and of the European ADHD Alliance. Fintan now works as trainer and consultant for schools and school support systems including, Social Services, Health, the Police and Foster carers with regards to providing behaviour management strategies for children and families struggling with SEND and behaviour issues.  Contact Fintan O’Regan Website – www.fintanoregan.com Email – fjmoregan@aol.com Twitter – @fintanoregan
Sensory Communication with Joanna Grace
Dec 8 2022
Sensory Communication with Joanna Grace
When people are ‘triggered’ they often enter what’s known as fight or flight, their ability to reason and respond pragmatically to situations evaporates and it can feel as if you’re left with no way to communicate with them. What they still have is their senses. Knowing about sensory communication can offer you ways of reaching across that seemingly insurmountable divide.  But do you know what sensory communication is? Joanna Grace joins Dale in this episode ‘Sensory Communication’ to explain everything you need to know about what it is, how it’s relevant across the board and how we can use it. All of us will have unknowingly been implementing sensory communication in stressful situations by offering a cup of tea (taste) or putting a hand on another’s (touch). Communication is so much more than words and gestures, having sensory strategies up your sleeve to support communication, particularly in a crisis situation can be a game changer.   About Joanna Grace Joanna Grace is a sensory engagement and inclusion specialist, doctoral researcher, author, trainer, TEDx speaker and Founder of The Sensory Projects.   Joanna has worked with people with learning disabilities and neurodivergent conditions aged from 0-100 (well 1 day old – 87 years old to be precise) in a range of settings and context.  Through all she does Joanna is seeking to contribute to a future where people are understood in spite of their differences.  Contact Joanna Grace Website - www.TheSensoryProjects.co.uk Email - sensorystory@gmail.com Twitter - @Jo3Grace Facebook - www.Facebook.com/JoannaGraceTSP  Useful Links I run a course called Exploring the Impact of the Senses on Behaviour both online and as an in person event. www.thesensoryprojects.co.uk has more details.
Boost Reading and Writing Through Play with Georgina Durrant
Dec 1 2022
Boost Reading and Writing Through Play with Georgina Durrant
Reading and writing are areas that many teachers and parents are concerned that children need to ‘catch up’ on due to the pandemic. But what about play? In this week’s podcast, Georgina Durrant joins Dale to discuss ‘Boosting Reading and Writing Through Play’. Georgina is acutely aware of the impact the pandemic has had on children’s emotional wellbeing and time to play with others, so we need to find a way to boost children’s literacy skills whilst focusing on nurturing play skills and emotional wellbeing. “Just stepping away from your traditional views of how you think, reading and writing should be done and making it more accessible for the kids.” Georgina Durrant Play makes learning fun, memorable, motivating and builds confidence. Listen to this episode to understand: Common barriers to reading and writing and how we can help children with theseWhy play is important for literacySimple hacks to weave reading and writing into every day at home and at school About Georgina Durrant Georgina Durrant is a former teacher/Special Educational Needs Coordinator and is now Director of Cheshire SEN Tutor LTD. She is also a mum of 2. Georgina runs the award-winning site The SEN Resources Blog - www.senresourcesblog.com, which provides learning activities, recommendations, resources and advice for parents and teachers of children with Special Educational Needs. Twinkl Resouces awarded the site as one of their Top Ten SEN Blogs in 2019. Georgina is author of '100 Ways your Child Can Learn Through Play (Fun Activities for Young Children with SEN)'. Contact Georgina Website - www.senresourcesblog.com and www.cheshiresentutor.com Twitter - @senresourceblog Facebook - www.facebook.com/senresourcesblog and www.facebook.com/groups/3463317840363473 Email - cheshiresentutor@gmail.com Useful Links How to Boost Reading and Writing Through Play https://amzn.to/38ZKbH0 100 Ways Your Child Can Learn Through Play (my first book) https://amzn.to/302NJAx Georgina's podcast ‘SEND in the experts with Georgina Durrant’ https://redcircle.com/shows/send-in-theexperts-with-georgina-durrant
Creating An Inclusive Reading Curriculum For All Learners with Dr Sarah Moseley
Nov 24 2022
Creating An Inclusive Reading Curriculum For All Learners with Dr Sarah Moseley
Reading is high on the educational agenda due to the impact that it can have upon the mental well-being and academic success of children and young people. Recent documents have placed a renewed focus on the teaching of reading for all learners, this includes those with the most complex needs. The issue for professionals is that there is a lack of clarity about what this means for these learners, in particular those learners attending special schools and specialist facilities. This has led to confusion for all involved. Dr Sarah Moseley, Educational Consultant, joins Dale for this week’s podcast ‘Creating an inclusive reading curriculum for all learners'. Sarah discusses the why, what and how of teaching reading to all learners and provides ideas and strategies to create an inclusive reading curriculum framework. Listen to find out how we learn to read and the foundation skills involved that support learners to develop an understanding of the world around us. Understanding the importance of literacy rich environments and experiences will enhance the learning opportunities for everyone. About Dr Sarah Moseley Dr. Moseley has over 30 years’ knowledge and experience within special and mainstream education from teaching assistant to Headteacher, as well as a solid research background rooted within the psychology of learning. Her Masters and PhD were in Special Education and focused specifically on the teaching of reading and self-esteem and she has presented nationally and internationally on raising outcomes for learners with SEND and am a published author of my research. Sarah has just finished writing a book on the teaching of reading to all learners for Routledge Publishers.   Now an independent Educational Consultant at www.drsarahmoseley.com, Sarah provides face to face and online training, coaching, keynote presentations, information and support for professionals and families from all sectors, specialising in SEND focused school improvement and raising outcomes for all learners. She is passionate about making a positive difference to the lives, attitudes, and outcomes of those who may struggle to learn, based on a belief that every action can make a difference and aims to bridge the gap between theory and learning, to create a culture where high expectations thrive, improving outcomes for all pupils.  Contact Dr Sarah Moseley Website - www.drsarahmoseley.com  Email - send@drasarhmoseley.com  Twitter - @drsarahmoseley Facebook - Facebook.com/Drsarahmoseley
Dyspraxia - More Than Just Clumsiness with Kim Griffin
Nov 17 2022
Dyspraxia - More Than Just Clumsiness with Kim Griffin
Dyspraxia or Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD) is often thought of as clumsiness, but it is quite misunderstood and incorrectly used. Dyspraxia is far more than just the way you’re moving, it’s your ability to plan what you’re doing and being able to come up with ideas. These executive function difficulties can have a huge impact on children, especially in secondary school. If you don’t have the capacity to plan, or have imagination of what that looks like, that can lead to anxiety and fatigue as an outcome. Kim Griffin is an Occupational Therapist and joins Dale for this week’s episode to discuss ‘Dyspraxia – more than just clumsiness’. Kim gives great insight into the impact of dyspraxia and breaks it into a ‘triple cause’ where you can have difficulties in one or all three areas – ideation, planning and doing. “One of the most helpful things I think I can teach a child with dyspraxia is to ask for help and also to say I don't understand.” Kim Griffin Listen to hear real-life, first-hand examples and top tips on how you can support pupils in your setting. About Kim Griffin Kim is an occupational therapist with 20 years’ experience supporting children, young people, their families and teachers to participate successfully in their daily lives.  Her interest areas are sensory processing and autism.  Kim provides online training for those who want to learn more about sensory processing, motor skills and handwriting along with programmes that show you have to help children improve their skills.   Contact Kim Griffin Website - www.GriffinOT.com  Email - Training@GriffinOT.com  Twitter - @Griffin_OT Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GriffinSensoryOT/
Using Visuals to Support Transition with Sarah Billingham
Nov 10 2022
Using Visuals to Support Transition with Sarah Billingham
Whenever there’s a big change on the horizon, whether it’s moving from nursery to primary school, primary to secondary school or even new clubs, it can cause anxiety. Children with SEND, particularly those with communication needs, can find transition very difficult. Children benefit hugely from predictability. Preparing children for transition helps them to understand what is happening next for them, what to expect and who will be there to help them. Visual resources are a practical and powerful way to support transition. In this week’s episode, Sarah Billingham joins Dale to discuss ‘Using Visuals to Support Transition’. “What's important is that we are essentially representing something visual, rather than just relying on our spoken language to tell children about things that are coming up.” Sarah Billingham Visual resources reduce the language and memory demand placed on children and when they are well prepared, they are calmer and better able to succeed. Listen to find out how you can use visual resources to support children during transition. About Sarah Billingham Sarah Billingham is a specialist teacher, she runs Confident Kids, a unique Early Years service. She equips parents, carers and practitioners with expert knowledge and the practical tools they need to offer their little people the very best communication support they can.   Sarah has been working with children with speech and language needs for over 16 years in mainstream and specialist settings. Sarah has recently decided to focus on Confident Kids full time. She most recently ran a multi-disciplinary assessment centre for children with SLCN in the charity sector. In 2020 & 2021 she ran an online focus week for parents and practitioners sharing videos on supporting young children transitioning into school (or back into school following lockdown).  Contact Sarah Billingham Website - www.TheSensoryProjects.co.uk Email - www.confidentkids.co Facebook - www.facebook.com/confidentkids.co Useful Links https://widgitonline.com http://www.inclusive.co.uk/product-reviews/boardmaker-7-standard# www.facebook.com/groups/ConfidentTransitions
What Yoga, Why Yoga? With Jyoti Jo Manuel
Nov 3 2022
What Yoga, Why Yoga? With Jyoti Jo Manuel
Yoga has many connotations, but is actually a philosophy, a way of living. Yoga is a therapeutic intervention that works for everyone, you don’t have to be able to touch your toes - if you can breathe you can do yoga! Jyoti Jo Manuel joins Dale for today’s episode ‘What Yoga, Why Yoga?’. Jyoti discusses how yoga can benefit everyone, both teachers and pupils. Its focus is to bring balance and regulation to the nervous system so that everyone practising is in the optimal state to thrive. “Your biggest tool for emotional regulation is when we regulate our breathing. Once you build that relationship with your breath and you understand how to use it, you can use it anywhere at any given moment in time.” Jyoti Jo Manuel Did you know that the benefits of yoga include: self-regulationself-awarenessimproved quality and quantity of sleepimproved motor planning and coordinationstrength and balance Listen to this podcast to find out how yoga is helping children meet their targets at school and teachers feeling less stressed. Jyoti shares her first-hand experience of how yoga has helped children with SEND and how it has enhanced the quality of life for everyone who practises. About Jyoti Jyoti has been practising yoga since 1974 and teaching since 1989. She is one of the leaders in the training and application of yoga as a therapeutic intervention for children with special and additional needs. She pioneered children’s yoga in the UK. She set up the global training school Special Yoga in 2002, to provide sustainable and accessible training programmes, and to support practitioners delivering the work. She works with local education authorities, the NHS, academies and individual schools, parents/carers and paediatric professionals. She has travelled globally to extend Special Yoga in Sri Lanka, Thailand, India, Australia, Mexico, Peru, Russia, and many countries in Europe. She is currently training 45 psychologists in Ukraine to support their traumatised children.   Contact Jyoti: Email: info@specialyoga.co.uk Instagram: www.instagram.com/sarahjanecritchley/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/differentjoy/ Useful Links https://www.autism.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/professional-practice/yoga-schools https://www.peacefulpathwaysyoga.com/articles-and-research.html Special Yoga's Website
Surviving Christmas with Sarah-Jane Critchley
Oct 27 2022
Surviving Christmas with Sarah-Jane Critchley
With 8 weeks to go and preparations underway for Christmas, now’s the time to highlight the challenges Christmas can bring for families, especially for children with SEND. Children return to school in September to a new term, new environment, new subjects, new friends and coping with everything causes their energy levels to decrease. After half term it’s Halloween, Bonfire Night and then before we know it we’re in the Christmas period. By then children have the least possible capacity to deal with it. Everything changes at Christmas, and that can send some of our young people into a complete tailspin! Sarah-Jane Critchley joins Dale in this week’s episode ‘Surviving Christmas’ to discuss why Christmas isn’t always fun for everyone and how to support children with SEND through Christmas. Listen to find out what we can all do at school and at home to make it more fun and less stressful for everyone! Sarah-Jane gives us some tangible ideas and some useful tools that you can use to make the season as joyful as we can for everyone.   About Sarah-Jane Critchley Sarah-Jane is an Author, Speaker, Consultant and Coach from Different Joy Partnership. She was previously the Programme Manager for over 10 years at the Autism Education Trust. Pupils with autism often struggle with attending school for a number of reasons. Her daughter Beth is autistic and also suffers from migraines which meant from Year 3 onwards she missed a lot of school and missed over 50% of her GCSE classes, eventually dropping out of school in year 12. Contact Sarah-Jane: Twitter: @SarahJaneCritch Instagram: www.instagram.com/sarahjanecritchley/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/differentjoy/ Useful Links Learn from many autistic people at the NAS Christmas Grotto Christmas Grotto (autism.org.uk) Relaxed performances of pantos in many places this year e.g.  Tunbridge Wells – Aladin   Assembly Hall Theatre — Relaxed performances this Christmas English National Opera! Yeoman of the guard The Old Vic – London A Christmas Carol Relaxed Performances | Old Vic Theatre Official London Theatre  - LOADS Of options here: Relaxed Performances (officiallondontheatre.com)My personal favourite: Zoo Co Theatre: Perfect Show for Rachel - Step into Rachel's world in this experimental show as a learning disabled artist has the power to lead the creation of her ‘Perfect Show’. –   For more podcast episodes from the SENDcast click below… https://sendcast.wpengine.com/sendcast-episodes/
SEN Register with Abigail Hawkins
Oct 20 2022
SEN Register with Abigail Hawkins
There are various opinions on ways to use the SEN Register and differs from one school to another and across local authorities. SENCOs can end up with multiple registers; SEN Register, additional needs, medical and disability. As soon as a register is created it needs maintaining and updating, therefore increases workload. There is no written rule so everyone has their own interpretation which is part of the problem – so let’s get back to basics.   Abigail Hawkins joins Dale for the first time on the podcast to discuss the 'SEN Register:   “I think sometimes it's just, it's not necessarily having a register, it's being aware of your students, aware of who you've got and who can advocate for themselves.” Abigail Hawkins, SEN Consultant   Listen to this episode to find out who goes on the SEN register and how to reduce your workload by:   understanding the SEN registerlooking at policy and practice, legal guidance and the code of practicereducing the number of registersunderstanding who to include on the register - diagnosis, medical and ‘need’knowing what being on the register meansdiscussing why the SEND Green paper proposals are welcomed About Abigail Hawkins Abigail runs SENDCOSolutions, an SEN consultancy and SENsible SENCO CIC, a not-for-profit networking support group.  She has been a SENCO for over 25 years and has taught a multitude of subjects across all phases from 2-year-olds to adults.  She works with software companies developing supportive software for SEN and Safeguarding purposes, has developed and delivers on a teaching assistant apprenticeship programme, authored several books on SEN and exclusions and runs a support network for over 9000 SENCOs.  Until recently, she was the Chair of Governors for 3 schools in the East Midlands and she still works as a SENCO for part of her week.  Abigail has a no-nonsense, practical approach to SEN issues faced by schools.  Abigail was one of the three lead voices on a series of SEN webinars delivered over the lockdowns amassing an audience of over 12000 viewers and she uses modern approaches to share SEN-related information including a successful YouTube channel.  Contact Abigail Hawkins Website – www.sendcosolutions.co.uk Email – enquiries@sendcosolutions.co.uk Twitter – @sendcosolutions Useful Links Books:  Approach It, Map It, Manage It - https://amzn.to/3ab59Do The SENDCO - https://amzn.to/3yFCYGt School Exclusion - https://amzn.to/3by6ULj   Weekly SEN Network/CPD meetings for the SENsible SENCO community.  Details available on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/sensible-senco-33587615959
Why Boredom is Truly Interesting and Absolutely Vital with Fintan O'Regan
Oct 13 2022
Why Boredom is Truly Interesting and Absolutely Vital with Fintan O'Regan
Yawning, daydreaming, complaining, fidgeting, distracting others – we’ve all been there at some point, so let’s talk about boredom. Boredom is real to those that feel it and you can’t just tell someone to be less bored. In the classroom it’s often taken personally, and teachers can respond defensively.   Fintan O’Regan joins Dale on this week’s podcast ‘Why boredom is truly interesting and absolutely vital’. Fintan highlights that without a doubt boredom has been a factor in the development of some of the greatest discoveries and inventions in history.   There could be any number of reasons why someone in a school environment could be bored, but teachers need to understand that it is more of an alert system than a challenge to authority. Boredom is an emotion that is simply confirming that they aren’t meaningfully engaged in what is being taught.    Listen to understand and gain a new perspective on boredom so that you can make your classroom a more stimulating and engaging environment. You will never feel the same about boredom again!   About Fintan O'Regan Fintan was the Head teacher of the Centre Academy from 1996 -2002, which was the first specialist school in the UK for students between the ages of 7-19 specialising issues related to ADHD, ASD and ODD. He is an associate lecturer for Leicester University, the National Association of Special Needs, the Institute of Education, the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre and the former Vice Chairman of the UK ADHD Network and of the European ADHD Alliance. Fintan now works as trainer and consultant for schools and school support systems including, Social Services, Health, the Police and Foster carers with regards to providing behaviour management strategies for children and families struggling with SEND and behaviour issues.    Contact Fintan O'Regan Website – www.fintanoregan.com Email – fjmoregan@aol.com Twitter – @fintanoregan Useful Links Development and Validation of the Multidimensional State Boredom Scale https://static1.squarespace.com/static/53a79084e4b01786c921de45/t/5d00591944edf80001c0ea65/1560303898542/Development+and+Validation+of+the+Multidimensional+State+Boredom+Scale.pdf   The quiet alarm: The virtues of boredom https://www.readersdigest.in/quotable-quotes/story-beware-of-boredom-125864  Why Boredom Is Interesting, First Published  November 8 2019 https://doi.org/10.1177/0963721419884309
As an autistic adult, what would you change in schools? With Joanna Grace
Oct 6 2022
As an autistic adult, what would you change in schools? With Joanna Grace
Autism support is given to half the people who need it, and nearly all of it involves teaching people to appear not-autistic i.e. teaching them the skills required to mask autism. Research has shown that masking is damaging to physical and mental health, so we should aim to support everyone and do it in ways that respect their neurotype.  Joanna Grace joins Dale for today’s episode ‘As an Autistic adult what would you change in schools?’. “We obviously can't go back in time and change things, but hopefully we can use our experiences to improve the experience for pupils currently in school”. Joanna Grace Joanna was diagnosed at 36 and we discuss what she would want teachers to know if she was at school now. Listen to find out the importance of early diagnosis, the things she would want to and not to happen at school and how you can support your pupils. About Joanna Grace Joanna Grace is a sensory engagement and inclusion specialist, doctoral researcher, author, trainer, TEDx speaker and Founder of The Sensory Projects.   Joanna has worked with people with learning disabilities and neurodivergent conditions aged from 0-100 (well 1 day old – 87 years old to be precise) in a range of settings and context.  Through all she does Joanna is seeking to contribute to a future where people are understood in spite of their differences.  Contact Joanna Grace Website - www.TheSensoryProjects.co.uk Email - sensorystory@gmail.com Twitter - @Jo3Grace Facebook - www.Facebook.com/JoannaGraceTSP  Useful Links Aside from the obvious, my son’s book My Mummy is Autistic, I have a FREE training series on YouTube aimed at mainstream SENCOs (but it has been accessed far more widely than that) that explores issues that crop up in schools around autistic students https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLi1RQR58BHnW5LtJfD0Ph-RIH7EhnrP3t  My facebook is also a resource for insight into neurodivergence, with the photo albums acting as resource banks: www.facebook.com/JoannaGraceTSP people are welcome to connect with me, and my LinkedIn profile has many free to access articles that I have written on the topic of neurodiversity www.LinkedIn.com/In/JoannaGraceTheSensoryProjects
Teaching Students from the Inside Out with Dr Susie Nyman
Sep 29 2022
Teaching Students from the Inside Out with Dr Susie Nyman
Have you ever heard the game ‘Operation’ played live on a podcast? Well, this week you’re in for a treat! Adams Apple, a broken heart, wrenched ankle, butterflies in the stomach are all extracted live. Dr Susie Nyman joins Dale to use the game as a tool to dissect underlying causes for students’ behaviour and understand the multitude of emotions that are going on inside. ‘Teaching students from the inside out’ is a lively discussion of different types of neurodiverse learners and how it is important to find the student agency to give them “voice and choice”. Enabling students to understand what makes them tick and to become more active stakeholders in their own education journey. Listen to hear fascinating stories of neurodiverse case studies and strategies and solutions Susie has discovered whilst working in the classroom. About Dr Susie Nyman Dr Susie Nyman is passionate about discovering how children learn and supporting them in ways which enable them to succeed. She was appointed as a Biology teacher at The Sixth Form College Farnborough in 1995, and subsequently as Curriculum Manager for Health and Social Care where she has worked ever since.  Susie strives to raise students’ achievements and support them in ways which enables them to succeed.  She works with her students deploying a range of innovative and Multi-sensory teaching techniques to assist their learning including her ‘Equality and Diversity Tree’ and famous puppets!  Additionally, she has provided training to PGCE students at Kingston University, and in a number of local schools and colleges on teaching strategies. Since February 2017, Susie has presented seminars on ‘Multi-sensory Techniques’ at The Learning Differences Conventions in Australia, Richmond College, The Helen Arkell Centre, Bell House, The Oratory School, The National Education Show and The Tes SEN Shows in London and Manchester.    Recently, she was filmed ‘in action’ for The British Dyslexia Association as well as Oaka Books, and the footage is available on YouTube. Subsequently, she has written a chapter about ‘Multi-sensory Teaching’ in the BDA Dyslexia Friendly Schools Good Practice Guide and ‘The Multi-sensory Teaching Toolkit’ by Oaka Books.  In recognition of over 21 years continued service at The Sixth Form College Farnborough, Susie has been nominated three times by the College for the ‘Tes FE Teacher of the Year Award’. This is an honour of which she is immensely proud.  Contact Dr Susie Nyman: Website – drnymanconsultancy.co.uk Email – drsusienyman@drnymanconsultancy.co.uk Twitter – @DrSusieNyman