Working memory difficulties are a feature of neurodevelopmental conditions. This makes so much of what happens at school or in learning situations more challenging than it should be. The good news is that there are plenty of small accommodations and adjustments that can make day-to-day learning easier. Continue reading →
Online resources, software and assistive tech at the TES SEN Show 2017
In previous years I had attended the show with my school-based teacher’s hat on. For four or five years I had chosen seminars to develop my understanding to support existing pupils and fill the gaps between experience and INSET. This year I was returning without a school, and with a very different perspective. Continue reading →
It’s the start of a new school year in the UK, and we are gearing up for a series of important events and days (weeks/months) to foster inclusive practice in the education community as well raising awareness in the general population. But how much do you know about colour blindness and how it can affect daily life? Continue reading →
Many children find certain things tricky, and many behaviours are part of typical development. Teachers and parents can spot the occasions when things are too tricky or happen too often. Often a little well-timed support will be all that’s needed, but when that is not enough, it may be time to plan further adjustments or seek advice. Continue reading →
Parents and teachers will often wonder why a tried and trusted technique for helping one child or young person does not always seem to suit another. Although we know that each learner is unique, the cookie-cutter one-size-fits-all was for so long engrained in education and mass-produced materials and publications that it is sometimes hard to fully appreciate just how many processes must come together in a certain way for such homogenous learning to happen. Continue reading →
Today marks the eleventh World Autism Awareness Day. Last week local groups across Britain got together for fund-raising events and initiatives, to raise awareness, show solidarity and, importantly, to celebrate. Continue reading →
Over the years, teaching colleagues, students’ parents and my own family and friends have often asked what the ‘best’ way is to promotethis or preventthat when it comes to behaviour, development or learning. Sometimes, but not always, the question is one that I’ve handled before, or frequently faced myself. We all know that every human is a unique individual, and that no two combinations of personality and circumstance are likely to be completely identical, so I must suppress my impulse to respond immediately in an effort to please.