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Everything Autism...and a little bit more

Everything Autism…and a little bit more

As some of you may or may not be aware, April 2nd is Autism Awareness day and April is National Autism Awareness month so I thought it was the perfect opportunity for us to offer up something special, in an attempt to not only help raise awareness but also help […]
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No Pens Day Wednesday

No Pens Day Wednesday

Next Wednesday (10th October) is No Pens Wednesday and it got me thinking. Thinking about how much emphasis many of us still put on sticks of graphite and wood or metal and plastic. Of course we can’t rule out using pens or pencils, they are still quick and easy conduits […]
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Sports!

Sports!

Well this week has been a long, long week! The children are obviously on wind down and finding it especially hard to follow instructions. It makes us see how far we have come as the sort of behaviour we are occasionally getting now is how the children used to behave all the time. We have had some chats about how hard it was the first term. We had never had to deal with such challenging behaviour from so many children!
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Sing Up!

Sing Up!

This week started with a very very hot day and lots of water play outside. As I was filling up one of the trays I flicked water at one of the children. I forgot that whilst my children may have special needs they are certainly not lacking in ingenuity. The child then waited for me to come out with more water and threw water all over me. We had lots of fun but were rather wet by the end of play! They all had spare clothes to change into....I didn’t.
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Treasures Galore!

Treasures Galore!

This week has been an exciting week for us as we have launched our new behaviour system. As with many things for children with SEN these sort of schemes often need a little tweaking and reimagining to work for them. The theory is we use it this half term when the children often need a little extra help with behaving and we can also iron out the little problems that are going to crop up along the way! It is a system based on a project run by the local education and psychology service. The scheme itself is aimed at mainstream children, started by an educational psychologist who has been a real inspiration to me during my career. The project itself is fab as it involves school and home and is a year long intervention so it’s not a quick fix but a supportive long term way of improving both child and adult’s behaviour.
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