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SENDIASS FREE Training & Information Events - Update
20 Jun
Since January 2019, we have hosted events across a range of SEN topics. These have been attended by 640 parents and professionals. The programme was delivered after requests for increased knowledge and understanding of the following topics: SLCN ADD&ADHD OCD&ODD Dyslexia Behaviour ASD DCD/Dyspraxia SPD These events were delivered by Specialist Teachers, SENCo’s, Occupational Therapists and a respected ASD speaker. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive with many saying they have benefited from the joint attendance of parents and professionals. "I first attended one of your training programmes with a parent of a child who has several co-morbid learning differences. Both she and I found the training informative and valuable, this despite the fact that I have 30 experience in the SpLD Dys field. The team work hard to make the events relaxed and friendly. They selected a wide range of subjects too. It was encouraging to meet so many school staff, early years staff, professionals and parents and to have the opportunity to discuss issues with like-minded adults." - Tutor "There was so much information and the guest speakers were always knowledgeable and approachable. The subjects were varied and covered a wide range of areas. I liked the fact there were parents as well as professionals at the sessions, as it was so good to hear about things from their perspective. I may not have realised certain things without their input and I could see how they were affected from supporting their child’s needs." - Teacher "I attended a number of courses with SENDIASS regarding ASD for my son. They were outstanding and as a parent I now have strategies and information to support my him. I am much better informed and need more of these in the future. These courses were excellent, the speakers exceptionally well chosen and essential if parenting or working with a child with SEN and in particular ASD." - Parent A programme is being developed for the next academic year and details will be uploaded to the Southend Learning Network over the Summer months. Including, SEMH; SPD (for professionals); Makaton; EHCP’s; Anxiety; PDA; ASD-Support for siblings; ASD/LD- Supporting with adolescent sexuality and boundaries. We welcome suggestions for future topics at iass@southend.gov.uk. To register interest to attend future events, complete and return the form attached. We look forward to welcoming you at a future event.
Space Chase at Southend Libraries
18 Jun
Children are invited to join the SPACE CHASE at Southend Libraries!
Windrush Day - school workshops
17 Jun
The 22nd June 2019 has been designated as Windrush Day to celebrate and commemorate the contribution of the Windrush Generation to British economic, social and cultural life. To mark Windrush Day in Southend-on-Sea, your leading local mental health and wellbeing charity Trust Links has teamed up with the South Essex African Caribbean Association to offer FREE one-off cultural craft and design workshops for schools in Southend. Aimed at primary year 6 or secondary year 7/8, the workshops are led by artist and director Josephine Melville and will feature mask-making, head-wraps and spoken word. It is envisaged the 2 hour workshop will run in July, as part of British Values curriculum enrichment. We only have fully-funded places for 4 schools to participate. Please email Jessica on recoverycollege@trustlinks.org or call 01702 213134 to book your school in.