Shows and conferences · Special Education

Patoss (virtual) conference 2020

If we're connected on social media or you've been reading my blog for a while, you may know my time has been limited over the past couple of years while I'm undertaking my doctoral study. This has sometimes meant I've had to miss a course or conference I'd otherwise have attended due to study commitments… Continue reading Patoss (virtual) conference 2020

Early Years · Language and literacy skills · Learning at home · Special Education

Word games

It's Wednesday, so we're working on word games in today's daily offering. Playing with alliteration (words starting with the same letter), onset and rime (the first sound and the bit that makes the rhyme) and rhythm (noticing the number of syllables, the length of the word) can help to build skills for spelling and to… Continue reading Word games

Learning at home · Special Education

Household chores

A few ideas for developing pencil control

Special Education

Reasonable adjustments

An infographic for #AutismAwareness day 2020 Sensory sensitivities 2020

Shows and conferences · Special Education

Where have all the girls gone?

A day of inspiration, information and calls to action Image from Lydia Avalon There are some events I must attend as part of CPD, professional certification or study, but this was one I wanted to attend for me: as an educator, as a parent, as a researcher and as someone who is perhpas not conventionally… Continue reading Where have all the girls gone?

Special Education · Study Skills

Reading

A few ideas to help with reading for revision or assignment research.

Executive Function · Special Education

Simplifying executive function

This is a whistle-stop - if you're interested to do your own research, check out this booklist, or see the research links at the end of the blog. There's a graphic that's been doing the rounds for a while now. It states, somewhat alarmingly, that certain children's and young people's executive function (EF) development is… Continue reading Simplifying executive function

Special Education · Study Skills

Take a note…

Another blog in my study skills series. I've mentioned before how much I could have benefitted from the type of support that I now find myself providing to others. If I were to choose just one skill that could have transformed my school experience, it would probably be note taking. I still remember biology lessons… Continue reading Take a note…

Home Education · Special Education

Meeting individual needs…

A post about my current studies

Special Education · Study Skills

Revision

Another blog in the study skills series. Timing It's as important not to overload yourself as it is not to leave thing to the last moment... Start by working for 20 to 50 minutes at a time less and you won't have enough time to get stuck in and learn meaningfully, more and you'll risk… Continue reading Revision

12 days 18-19 · Special Education

EF, reading and writing

On the tenth day of Christmas... It may be obvious, but, for best results, start at the beginning! Even children whose executive function (EF) develops typically do not begin to visualise and verbalise until they are at least pre-school age. Whether at home, in whole class, small group or 1:1 situations, the earliest activities and… Continue reading EF, reading and writing

12 days 18-19 · Special Education

A new year’s resolution

On the seventh day of Christmas and the last day of 2018, I'm asking readers to join me on an EF crusade... If we can each tell two people and get them to adapt their practice, and each of them finds how transformational it can be, imagine how many children's and young people's learning experience… Continue reading A new year’s resolution

12 days 18-19 · Special Education

Executive function at home

On the sixth day of Christmas... Executive functions (Explained in more detail here: EF – an introduction) develop from early childhood and are seen as key predictors of academic outcome and life chances in the modern world. I discussed how EF difficulties might present or be supported in the classroom in EF and Learning –… Continue reading Executive function at home

12 days 18-19 · Special Education

A driving question

On the fifth day of Christmas... So what on earth do we mean when we talk about executive function difficulties? Here's a super-quick test you can try for yourself, and an analogy I often share with students, parents and teachers: Take two post-its and a pen. Put your pen on the first note as if… Continue reading A driving question

12 days 18-19 · Special Education

Simple steps to classroom inclusion

On the fourth day of Christmas... Today's infographic was designed for teachers, but the techniques are equally applicable to all learning situations. For more detail on EF difficulties in the classroom , read this. You can download a PDF of this and other infographics here. More posts related to executive function can be found here.… Continue reading Simple steps to classroom inclusion

12 days 18-19 · Special Education

It’s a numbers thing

On the third day of Christmas... Today's infographic was designed for teachers, but the techniques are equally applicable to learning situations at home and in the wider environment. For more detail on how EF difficulties can impact mathematical skills development, read this. For more math infographics and links to printable versions, click here. .

12 days 18-19 · Special Education

Thinking outside the Box(ing Day)

On the second day of Christmas... This diagram shows how delayed or impaired executive function (EF) can impact development and learning. Affected children and young people may be called 'immature', 'lazy', 'naughty' and 'inconsistent' to name a just a few. Our job as adults - parents or educators - is to stand in for EF.… Continue reading Thinking outside the Box(ing Day)

12 days 18-19 · Special Education

A partridge in a pear tree…

Happy holidays to one and all. For the 12 festive days of 2018-19, I'll be sharing tips that are close to my heart - all related either to supporting children's developing executive function, or providing a helping hand through routines and prompts. For today, enjoy this traditional ditty - its memory and sequencing demands can… Continue reading A partridge in a pear tree…

Special Education

24th December

Ideas and resources for learning through play to use at home (or school) will be posted each day in the run up to the holidays.

Special Education

23rd December

Ideas and resources for learning through play to use at home (or school) will be posted each day in the run up to the holidays.