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news SPECIAL NEEDS INDEX SNIX SNIX ISSUE 55 Spring 2015 Welcome… If you need further information or details about any article in this or any other issue of SNIX NEWS please email: to the Spring edition of SNIX NEWS, email@example.com a newsletter for children with special educational needs or disabilities and SNIX NEWS is compiled by the their families. Local Offer Team. Local Offer Live The Local Offer is now on every page or by using the producing the SNIX newsletter online form or by e-mailing us. and this is our first edition. We have included articles about We use social Early Years, sports, activities, media a lot, and information for parents, news know that lots and training. of you follow us already, but In the last edition we promised please tell your you news about the search friends, follow functions on the Local Offer to us on Twitter, make it easier to find what you and like us on need and we are really proud to Facebook: be able to announce that this is now found on: We aim www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/ localoffer to inspire Please have a look at the website and amuse and let us know what you think by as well as using the links on the feedback page, or with the “rate this page” inform.
Welcome SummerPlayschem es & Acti vities News PAGES 2 –3 The Local Offer Team How to support us: Information Advice Free School Applications in One Page Profile • Get involved Support Service for SEND the County We are: • Tell us about your service in Northamptonshire The Secretary of State for Education has decided that the following Free • Tell us what you want • Does your child have a Statement School applications within our authority A service for children and young of SEN? should proceed to the next stage of the people aged 0-25 years with Special • Give us feedback process (pre-opening stage): • Tell other people • Do you want to know how the law Educational Needs and Disabilties Wootton Park School is a 4-19 mixed, non- about our service around SEN has changed? faith school due to open in September 2016 and • A single point for information on • How will these changes affect you grow to full capacity of 1,260 by 2022; services and provisions available to and your child? Daventry Special Academy is a 4-18 special children, young people, their families school for pupils with profound and multiple and professionals Find out more about the system for learning difficulties, severe learning difficulties transferring Statements of SEN into and autistic spectrum disorders. The school will • Easy to understand and easily accessible What’s important to us: the new EHC system. Booking is essential – please choose a session open with 65 FTE in 2016 and grow to capacity of 175 FTE in 2019. • Created with and for young people, • Consulting with children, young and contact us to book your place before Green Oaks Academy Special School parents and professionals people, parents and professionals Monday 16th February 2015. is a 3-18, mixed, non-faith school for pupils with autistic spectrum disorders, Asperger’s • Receiving feedback on the service Email: firstname.lastname@example.org syndrome and severe learning difficulties. The Phone: 01604 636111 school is due to open in September 2016 and • Creating an accessible portal Website: www.npps.info grow to full capacity of 100 in 2022. that’s easy to use/understand Next steps When booking, please indicate which of the The pre-opening stage is the period between the • Spreading the word about what following sessions you would like to attend. approval of free school applications and when we do Abbey Centre, Northampton NN4 0RZ the free schools open. During this phase, the Tuesday 24th February free school proposer groups will finalise plans, • Our information is trustworthy and Registration/Coffee 9.30am develop policies and undertake a statutory reviewed regularly Session 10 – 12am consultation. Daventry Leisure Centre, NN11 4FP Monday 2nd March Registration/Coffee 12 noon Session 12.30 – 2.30pm What people like Tithe Barn, Wellingborough, NN8 1AH and admire Tuesday 3rd March Registration/Coffee 6pm about us: Session 6.30pm – 8.30pm Corn Market Hall, Kettering, NN15 7QA Wednesday 4th March • Information all in one place Registration/Coffee 10am Session 10.30am – 12.30pm • Easy to understand and easily accessible • Friendly and approachable team
News SummerPlayschem es & Acti vities News PAGES 4 –5 Information Advice and Support Service for SEND in Northamptonshire (Previously Northamptonshire Parent Partnership Service) is an impartial and confidential service which gives free information, advice and support about matters relating to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. The service operates at arms length from the local authority and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) through independently trained staff. The service is for parents or carers of children • Individual casework which may include support Independent Supporters can help young people aged 0-25, and young people up to 25 with special with meetings and contributing to assessments and their parents/carers in a range of ways educational needs and/or disabilities. You can and reviews including accompanying families to meetings, Please contact us if you self-refer or with your permission someone else explaining the role of the Local Authority in the can refer on your behalf. As a result of the changes • Help with writing letters process or supporting with the transfer of existing wish to find out more or access an Independent young people (aged 16-25) can ask for support • Help with understanding and interpreting SEN statements to the new system. They aim to separately from their parents or carers if required. information and applying it to your situation work with families to find the best solution. • Help when things go wrong, including resolving Getting Involved Supporter. What information and advice can the disagreements and providing support to service give us? manage mediation, appeals, exclusions, and A key principle of the SEND reforms is that complaints on matters related to SEN families are at the heart of decision making about We offer information, advice and support about any issue related to special educational needs and • Information about other services or sources of both their own individual situations as well as strategic planning and decisions about the Contact us disability including: support locally or nationally services that support them. Northants Parent • Advice through parent/carer support groups, Forum Group (NPFG) is an independent parent-led Telephone: 01604 636111 • Local policy and practice youth groups or training events group formed and run by volunteers to represent • Northamptonshire’s Local Offer the views of all families of children and young Website: ww.npps.info • Access to an Independent Supporter if required people up to aged 25 with special education • Educational support as well as health and social for support with an Education Health and care matters Care Plan needs and/or disabilities in Northamptonshire. Email: email@example.com They support by empowering parents in effective • Statements/Education Health & Care Plans participation with partners in Education & Social Care within Northamptonshire County Council, • Personal Budgets and personalization Is there any other support available? • Additional information about these topics is Independent Supporters (IS) are an additional Health partners throughout Northamptonshire and other local organisations to positively Information Advice and available on our website. resource, independent of the Local Authority, to improve services for children and young people. Support Service for SEND help families navigate the new Education Health and Care (EHC) planning process. Core Assets They would love to hear from you if you feel that in Northamptonshire you want to get involved by participating directly What kind of support is available? have been commissioned through Government funding to work with local stakeholders to provide in this work or just by registering for their Springfield newsletter to keep yourself updated – you can get We give practical, factual and impartial information the service in Northamptonshire until 2016. You involved at the level that you want to. Cliftonville advice and support to enable you to participate can find out more about Core Assets and this fully in decisions about education, health and work on their website: Northampton NN1 5BE www.npfg.co.uk social care. This may include: www.coreassets.com/what-we-do/ or phone 07745 249094 • Advice and support by telephone or email independent-support-service/
News SummerPlayschem es & Acti vities News PAGES 6 –7 Shooting Stars Group The Shooting Stars Group held their Annual General Meeting Core Assets on 25th September 2014 at Greenfields School and Sports College in Core Assets Children’s Services has Northampton. They called it The Big Meeting. The group formally reported on their been commissioned by the Council work over the last year and this is an extract from the Chairperson’s report. for Disabled Children to deliver Independent Support to young people “The role of the group is to produce work and make As a group, we make it our responsibility to say and their families in partnership with decisions on what could be done to help those what we think should be done to help young with reduced mobility and other special needs in disabled people living in Northamptonshire , local Information, Advice and Support Northamptonshire. and make sure the facilities are suitable to them. Services (IASS), previously known as How can an Independent Supporter help parents Parent Partnership Services (PPS), and/or young people? Ever since we all met in 2011, we’ve done many To be honest, I just enjoy the group as a whole, things together and we have produced many having laughs and fun, working and using Local Authorities, and Parent Carer • Help to understand the Local Offer and local impressive pieces of work. Some examples include; teamwork to make changes. Forums (PCF). referral processes • Making Newsletters It’s a really nice group, where friendships can be encouraged further. Hopefully some of you think Independent Supporters are an additional • Help to understand the EHC needs • Supporting County Council staff interviews its a good idea for young people to join this group, resource, independent of the Local Authority assessment process and timescales we’d be more than happy for more young people and other professionals, to help families navigate • Mystery Shopping • Act as a named contact throughout the EHC to join our Network, and it can give young people the new Education, Health and Care (EHC) assessment and planning process • Visiting Grendon Hall experiences and confidence.” assessment and planning process during: • Attending training including Josh Armand • Help to express their views in relation to the • Education Health and Care needs Young Inspectors EHC process Shooting Stars Group Chair assessments • Training and Easy Read Training • Liaise across a range of services to help • Transfer of Statements of Special Educational gather and interpret information required for • Attending other meetings like ; Needs to an EHC Plan an EHC plan • Children’s Rights meetings, • Transfer of Learning Difficulty Assessments • Shadow Board Meetings • Help to understand personal budgets (LDA) to EHC Plans • Inspections on public places, like local • Signposting back to the Information Advice libraries and leisure centres An Independent Supporter is a time-limited Support Service when the issue is outside the resource available during the EHC assessment remit of an Independent Supporter process and their support ends when an EHC Plan is finalised or if it is decided that an EHC In order to access an Independent Supporter Plan is not necessary. (for the parent/carer, the young person or both) Independent Supporters are there to offer please contact: support that is tailored to the needs of individual parents and young people. This support may be Information Advice Support Service for SEND offered through face to face contact and/or via in Northamptonshire telephone or email, and attendance at meetings Springfield, Cliftonville, Northampton. NN1 5BE with you. Although they may give advice and support, Independent Supporters cannot Tel: 01604 636111 make decisions for you or attend meetings Email: contact@NPPS.info in your absence. An Independent Supporter will be allocated as soon as possible and you will be contacted by them directly.
News SummerPlayschem es & Acti vities News PAGES 8–9 Six Things you might not know about your local Library Plus. Your local library is a vibrant community 6) Some of our libraries have regular job clubs hub tailored to the needs of local supporting jobseekers to write CVs, complete people. It is a safe place with lots to job applications and prepare for interviews. We offer. If you haven’t been in a library also offer free workshops and drop-in sessions for a while the range of services might for anyone looking to become self-employed and surprise you. set up a new business through our award-winning Enterprise Hubs. 1) As well as books, large print, audio books and DVDs we offer E-Books, E-Audio, More information on what is offered at E- Magazines, E-Library, E-Music for free to your local library can be found on our library members (including virtual members webpage below or why not visit, we’ll be who do not use libraries in person.) really pleased to welcome you. 2) All Northamptonshire Libraries are open www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/libraries 1pm – 4pm on Sundays. The Central Library is open from 11 am – 4pm. We are open when our customers need us every weekend. 3) FREE Wi-Fi is available in every library for all to use at all times. We also offer use of our PC’s (FREE on Fridays). Our Customer Advisors are happy to help you get online. You can access the “Local Offer” website for free at any time and print outs from the site are also free. 4) Our Libraries are now called ‘LibraryPlus’. Our services include, Concessionary Bus Passes and help with online Blue Badge applications. We also deal with many hardship enquiries signposting customers to the correct help and support and library staff have been trained by the Citizen’s Advice Bureau to provide assistance for anyone worrying about debt problems. 5) We have many volunteer roles on offer in our libraries. We understand that volunteering can offer work experience, build confidence and change lives. By getting involved at your local library you can help us to deliver great services to your community.
Sport SummerPlayschem es & Acti vities Sport PAGES 10–11 Sporting Opportunities for Disabled People Daventry Disability Discounted Swimming I’m Graeme Wilson and I am the Disability for information about sporting opportunities in this and future editions of SNIX as well as the other Local Offer Forum Lessons for Adults Development Officer for online platforms. A new scheme to offer discounted Northamptonshire Sport. The Daventry Disability Forum was I’m extremely proud of the number of sport swimming lessons for eligible adults in In this role my aim is to get setup by Everyone Active in July 2013 to and physical activity opportunities available to Daventry has been launched by Everyone more disabled people and discuss district wide opportunities to those with a visual and or disabled people of all ages and impairments in Active at Daventry Leisure Centre. Northamptonshire. They cover everything from provide sport and physical activity for hearing impairment in the The aim of the scheme is to increase the amount of county participating in sport/physical mainstream opportunities to multi-sport clubs who less-abled people. adults taking up swimming lessons in the area. It is activity on a regular basis. All of this work is cater for all, and impairment specific opportunities open to adults claiming benefits, in social housing, a legacy of the 2012 Paralympics in London such as Wheelchair Basketball for those with a The forum is an open meeting and includes with mental health problems or learning disabilities. which demonstrated to the world exactly Participants will receive qualified coaching on their physical disability and Goalball for those with a visual representatives from local sports clubs, schools, stroke technique as well as being able to swim to what disabled people are capable of as impairment to name just two. Northamptonshire Sport, local councillors, youth improve fitness. Funding for this scheme has been opposed to what they can’t do which is provided by the Swimathon Foundation and is Sport and physical activity are a very powerful tool clubs and parent support groups, amongst other sadly so often the case! supported by the Amateur Swimming Association. through which so much can be achieved. Aside from organisations. The group has been setup to There has been a slight and steady increase in levels the obvious physical benefits there is also the social Councillor Alan Hills, Community, Culture and discuss current opportunities for disabled sport, of participation in sport/physical activity by disabled and mental wellbeing as well as breaking down Leisure Portfolio Holder at Daventry District what further opportunities can be provided, and Council, said: people in England since London 2012! However recent of social barriers. I’m extremely keen to see more research by The English Federation of Disability Sport advertising opportunities to the local community. disabled people in Northamptonshire benefit from all “Swimming is a fun and healthy activity, so showing the gap in participation levels between non of these things and many more besides but can’t do it’s really pleasing to be able to offer these – disabled people of whom 60% currently participate The forum would welcome more groups and it alone! Therefore if you’d like more information about discounted lessons. Hopefully it will in any sport/physical activity at least once a week organisations to be involved in the meeting and what’s available around the county then please encourage many more people across compared to only 20% of disabled people is a very the next meeting will be held on: Daventry District to take up and contact me: worrying one! enjoy swimming.” • either by phone on 01604 367953 The same research however also shows that 70% of Thursday 5th March 2015 at Daventry Leisure • or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Lessons available for customers to book will those disabled people who are currently inactive would Centre from 10.00 am-11.30am. be as follows: actually like to participate in some regular sport, or physical activity. However one of the main reasons that Tuesdays these disabled people and their families/Carers said 10.00-10.30am- Adult Beginners that they didn’t participate in anything was that they 10.30-11.00am- Adult Improvers weren’t aware of any opportunities available to them. Wednesdays This is a key area that I’d like to target for improvement 6.00-6.30pm- Adult Beginners in Northamptonshire as if people don’t know sports/ physical activity sessions are happening then they’ve 6.30-7.00pm- Adult Improvers got no chance of participating in them, finding they Anyone interested in joining the scheme will need enjoy them and wanting to do more. to speak to Louise Lawrence, the Swim Lesson Manager at Daventry Leisure Centre and will The SNIX newsletter has been a key promotional need to bring some from of identification that resource that I’ve used to promote opportunities to demonstrates their entitlement to the discount. young disabled people and their families/Carers and encouraged other partners to do the same. I’m hoping To book onto the course please contact the that with Northamptonshire County Council’s Local leisure centre on 01327 871144. Offer team taking on the running of SNIX it will only help to improve this great resource. Therefore look out
Clubs Summe & Activities r Playschem es & Acti vities Clubs & Activities PAGES 14 –15 Cinemas Odeon – Kettering Vue – Northampton Cineworld – Northampton Facilities: Facilities: Facilities: • CEA Card accepted • Disabled Access • CEA Card accepted • Guide dogs welcome • Assistance dogs welcome in all Vue cinemas. • Automatic front doors • Hearing loops • Lift and escalator access from street level • Disabled parking spaces • Designated car park spaces for blue badge holders • 14 designated car park spaces for blue • Wheelchair access • Level access to the box office, refreshment stand badge holders • Disabled toilets and ticket machines • Two sets of accessible toilets • Guide dogs welcome • Ramped access to main concourse, waiting area • All screens are located on flat level • Full wheelchair access throughout the cinema and Screening Types: and screens. • Fully accessible washroom into all theatres. Autism Friendly Screenings: Cineworld host an • Wheelchair bays in all screens • Induction loop at our counters Autism Friendly Film at 11:00am on the 1st Sunday • Lowered counter available of every month, at over 70 participating cinemas Screening Types: • Lowered automatic ticket machines available across the UK. These are special performances of Autism Friendly Screening - at over 95 ODEON • CEA Card accepted recently released films which have subtle changes cinemas across the UK. Autism friendly films are Screening Types: to the cinema environment that means people who special screenings of children’s films - Lights are have sensory differences may have a more positive left on low; the sound is turned down; Trailers and Autism Friendly Screenings; Autism friendly films are experience than they would in a traditional cinema adverts are not played; It’s ok for people to move special screenings of children’s films - Lights are left setting. Changes include the lights being kept on around during the screening and make a bit on low; The sound is turned down; Trailers and at a low level, the sound being turned down and of noise. adverts are not played; It’s ok for people to move there are no trailers or advertisements - just around during the screening and make a bit of noise. the film. http://www.dimensions-uk.org/support-services/autism- Autism friendly films are screened at this cinema at care/autism-friendly-screenings/ 10.00am on the last Sunday of every month. Social http://www.dimensions-uk.org/support-services/autism- stories can be downloaded for all Vue Autism care/autism-friendly-screenings/ Hearing Impaired and Visually Impaired friendly films. Screenings: Hearing Impaired and Visually Impaired http://www.dimensions-uk.org/support-services/autism- Screenings: Audio description performances for Audio description dialogue track where the action, the sight impaired are available at certain cinemas. scene changes and the actors body language is care/autism-friendly-screenings/ Subtitles for the hearing impaired are available at described in addition to the dialogue. This is Hearing Impaired and Visually Impaired certain performances. Hearing loops (either infra played via a lightweight headset. Screenings: Subtitled (ST) and Audio Described red or induction) are installed at all our cinemas Subtitled performances are available and Infra Red (ADesc) films are available at this cinema; for details auditoria. Please check with the box office which headsets also available to improve your hearing of please call: 08712 240 240. facility is available. Type Talk calls are available the film soundtrack. Please enquire at the cinema on our telephone booking service. Every auditorium is equipped with Infra Red Box Office. technology to provide hearing assistance; for For more information please contact our Disability and Accessibility Helpline – headsets to utilise this facility and Audio Description, Disability and Accessibility Helpline on: 0800 138 3315 or text phone 18001 0808 1560 609 as mentioned above, please contact a member of 0800 188 4044 between 10am – 10pm. staff. Audio description is for visually impaired people and describes what is happening in the film. They can also still hear the soundtrack and dialogue of the film.
Clubs Summe & Activities r Playschem es & Acti vities Early Years PAGES 16 –17 Autism Concern Activity Deafconnect Days and Youth Clubs The Deafconnect Tinnitus Support Group Giggles Do you have a child with an autistic meets at 2pm on the following dates spectrum disorder? Looking for social in 2015: Giggles Play is a non profit social enterprise set up to provide groups and activity days for evenings sensory & soft play for children 9th February and weekends? with additional needs. We are 13th April Autism Concern runs days where children and 8th June inclusive, for the whole family. young people are supported according to There is no age limit for children 10th August their needs. with special needs and are also 12th October great for all children up to five Saturday Clubs 14th December yrs old. No pre-booking required. A wide variety of activities including arts and £5 admission. Admission is £1.50 for members £3.00 for crafts, sports, sensory play days, cooking and non members to help with refreshment and We are set up and run by parents much more administration costs. New members are and people with experience of For young people aged 8 – 18 with ASD always welcome. children with additional needs and Venue: Kingsthorpe Grove Primary School, are mobile so you need to check St David’s Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton, Coffee Mornings out our website or Facebook to see NN2 7QL where we will be on different days. 10am-1pm on the first and third Wednesday of Time: 10:00 – 15:00 We are open every Saturday and the month. Cost: £10 per day Sunday and school holidays too. Go 4 It Youth Groups Not just a coffee morning but an opportunity to meet other members of the Deaf, deafened, www.gigglesplay.co.uk Senior Go 4 It (13-18 year olds) and Junior Go 4 It hard of hearing, and local community, have a www.facebook.com/giggles.play (8-12 year olds) run on alternating Tuesday nights chat and enjoy homemade cakes. We welcome in Northampton everyone who wants to come and join us. A wide ranging variety of activities whilst being supported by autism specialist staff Why not give it a try? Come along bring a friend and make some new ones at the These groups then do trips out in the holidays; past excursions have included the Leicester same time. Space Museum, the London Eye and the Harry Spencer Dallington Community Centre, Potter Studios Time: 18:00 – 20:00 Cost: From £3 Tintern Avenue, Northampton NN5 7BZ Ducklings 07817006817 or 01604 589 011 Thursday mornings 9.45–11.30am • Natural Material Play To register your child on the appropriate scheme At Kingsley School, Churchill Way • Hello Singing Session contact us on: 01604 239404, • Access to the Foundation Department and all the Pre-school group - for children with additional needs activities on offer in the department including the email: Marieanne@autismconcern.org or visit: www.autismconcern.org - Alternate land and water sessions ‘nest’ covered outside area • Playground Play (in warm weather) for further details. Call Kingsley School on: 01536 316880 or email: Ali Everitt on • Parachute Activities Autism Concern, Suite 39 – 42 Burlington House, 369 Wellingborough Road, Northampton, NN1 4EU email@example.com Swimming Sessions: Land Session Activities: • 1/2 hour session in our Hydrotherapy Pool • Sensory Toys • Small group of children with their parent/carer • Cause & Effect Toys • Water Songs • Use of our Therapy Room which includes trampette, • Water Toys swing tunnels etc Both groups join together for drinks and snacks • Soft Play Room before saying goodbye • Creative Activities
Early Summe Years / For Parents r Playschem es & Acti vities For Parents PAGES 18 –19 Children’s Centre Services Commissioned children’s centre services – the children’s centre services that are delivered by Contact a Family Time 4 Support In October 2013 Northamptonshire County Council’s external organisations will continue to support the delivery of some universal services to all families (such 0808 808 3555 cabinet agreed to re-organise how children’s centre An informal support group for all services in the county are delivered. This was to ensure as health services and Job Centre Plus advice) but will primarily focus on activities for families who need extra parents/carers of disabled children. consistent delivery of support for young families across Advice and information guides the county, to increase access to children’s centre support or ‘early help’. This will enable more resources to We meet every second Tuesday 9.30-11.30 at services and to improve outcomes for young children. be used in supporting families with higher levels of need. Did you know that Contact a Family has an PLACC Spinney Hill Road Northampton The new model has two main elements: extensive range of resources packed full of NN3 6DW Contracts were tendered in ten procurement lots covering ten geographical areas. Nine of the contracts useful advice? They’re free to download or Libraries parents can get a free print copy by calling the Call Cindy Baylis on 07428610871 The Northamptonshire County Council LibraryPlus have been awarded as follows: free-phone helpline: www.time4support.org service will provide the enhanced universal services part Daventry District – Action for Children of children’s centre services for children under five and East Northamptonshire District – Spurgeons Monday-Friday, We have a group on Facebook which is a their families, including: very good way for parents/carers to share Kettering Borough – Action for Children 9.30am-5pm • quick connection to a range of information and information and find support in their area: advice, resources and support to access further Northampton Central – Action for Children on 0808 808 3555. children’s centre services, Northampton East – Action for Children https://www.facebook.com/ • children’s centre registration services, groups/191625904220388/?ref=br_tf Northampton North – Spurgeons • universal activities such as stories, song and rhymetimes etc. Northampton West – Spurgeons • recruiting and co-ordinating volunteers for children’s South Northamptonshire – Action for Children centre services. Borough of Wellingborough – Action for Children This will take advantage of the council’s existing 36 library facilities and resources (including seven Corby Borough - A contract for the Corby Borough area was not awarded and will be re-tendered in the coming Face 2 Face days a week opening), improving access to children’s months. Service level agreements with existing providers centre services. will be extended in the meantime. Face 2 Face is an expanding network If you would like to meet a of local befriending schemes, providing befriender please contact... emotional support to parents whose children have been recognised as A.C.E. (Autistic having a special need or disability. Local Diane, on: 07528 365429 or email: Children Embraced) schemes recruit and train volunteer parents, who themselves have disabled Diane.Rayner@Scope.org.uk or Do you look after a child or young adult children, to act as “befrienders”. Nicola.Corazzo@Scope.org.uk with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder? Befrienders are able to share and We are a new Parent Support group in Kettering empathise with new parents because and we offer help, support, information and of their own emotional experiences, friendship to make life easier for you and your child. and support them to make positive We provide speakers, information evenings, private adjustments to their child’s disability. 1-1 consultations with the Autism Outreach Team Stay ‘n’ Play and we want to know what we can provide for YOU! Each befriender is carefully trained and supervised by a professional Face 2 Face We meet on the 2nd Tuesday in every month at: coordinator, who is always on hand to at Kingsley School Kingsley Special School, Churchill Way, Kettering. offer support and guidance. Every Monday during term time from NN15 5DP. 7.30 – 9.30pm 1.30-2.30pm, at Kingsley School, Churchill Way 2015 Dates: Jan 13th, Feb 10th, March 10th, April 14th, May 12th, June 9th, July 14th Pre-school group for children with additional needs For more information call or text your details to: 07756523728 Call: 01536 316880 or email Ali Everitt (If no reply, leave a message and we will get back to you) on: firstname.lastname@example.org Everyone welcome, we look forward to seeing you.
For Parents Summe / Traininges & Acti r Playschem vities Training PAGES 20–21 Support for Carers Autism Concern’s Family Support for Carers include: Support Team Autism Concern’s Family Support Team • Holistic therapies • Gym membership can advise and support parents, carers, • Carers’ Cafés professionals and people about the • Carers’ Support Groups autism spectrum. It is not necessary to • Carers’ Lunch Clubs have a diagnosis to access our services, • Carers’ Choir which include: • Emotional support How to find out more about the services we provide for Carers in Northamptonshire as well • Behavioural advice as Lutterworth and surrounding area’s, please • Signposting to community services contact us by one of the following ways: • Understanding autism spectrum conditions General Enquiries Tel: 01933 677837 • Support with filling in benefits forms and Carers’ Support Line Tel: 01933 677907 applications Email: email@example.com Website: www.northamptonshire-carers.org To contact the Family Support Service: email: Carers’ Support Line firstname.lastname@example.org The Carers’ Support Line provides a confidential or call: service to support the needs of Adult, Parent 0808 808 9090 (free from landlines) and Young Carers. The service can be accessed by Carers, professionals or anyone with a Carers related enquiry or issue providing: • A listening ear and emotional support Charity number: • Signposting and referral to other organisations 1062611 • One-to-one telephone support • Access to Northamptonshire Carers services and support • Information and access to Carers’ Assessment • Information and access to Peer Support Apprenticeship and Job Fairs 2015 Horizons in partnership with Connexions will be holding seven Apprenticeship and Job Fairs across the county in February/March to help match young people with local employment and training opportunities. The events are aimed at 16-19 year olds including this year’s school and college leavers and young people currently unemployed and looking for work or training. The events provide a unique opportunity to visit career stands and talk to employers, training providers and colleges about their opportunities all in one place. Young people can also take part in a series of brief three-minute interviews with our Speed Networking.
Training SummerPlayschem es & Acti vities Training PAGES 22 –23 Northampton Wellingborough Autism Training Sessions The Doddridge Centre, 109 St James Road, St TESCO The Community Room, Victoria Park, (No diagnosis necessary) James, Northampton, NN5 5LD Turnells Mill Lane, Wellingborough, NN8 2EF Tues 27th Jan Autism Awareness - What is Autism? Mon 19th Jan Autism Awareness - What is Autism? 09.30 – 11.30 09.30 – 11.30 Autism Concern is pleased to announce our new training programme for 2015 which is being Weds 28th Jan Autism Awareness - What is Autism? Mon 26th Jan The Importance of Visual Structure released across the county, starting in Northampton and Wellingborough in January through to 19.00 – 21.00 09.30 – 11.30 and How To Implement It April. Each session costs just £9.50 per person and can be bought online at Tues 3rd Feb Sharing Your Child’s Diagnosis With Thurs 29th Jan Autism Awareness - What is Autism? 09.30 – 11.30 Them and Others 19.00 – 21.00 www.autismconcern.org/training or by calling 01604 239404. If you book 5 sessions Weds 4th Feb Dealing With Challenging Behaviours Mon 2nd Feb Social Interactions and Relationships you will get one free. 19.00 – 21.00 09.30 – 11.30 (For parents/carers of over 10’s) Tues 10th Feb Encouraging Emotional Awareness in Thurs 5th Feb Sensory Sensitivities in Autism The child or young person in your care does not need to have a diagnosis of autism 09.30 – 11.30 People With Autism 19.00 – 21.00 Weds 11th Feb Writing Social Scripts Mon 9th Feb Facilitating Play and Social An Introduction to 123 Magic Dealing with Challenging Behaviours 19.00 – 21.00 09.30 – 11.30 Interaction (For parents/carers of under 10’s) An introduction to the behaviour management technique Find out what challenging behaviours are, why they might Tues 24th Feb Social Interactions and Relationships Thurs 12th Feb An Introduction To 123 Magic known as 123 Magic which encourages children to stop occur and how to support someone displaying challenging 09.30 – 11.30 (For parents/carers of over 10’s) 19.00 – 21.00 unwanted behaviours and start appropriate behaviours, this behaviour effectively. Weds 25th Feb Facilitating Play and Social Interaction Mon 23rd Feb Dealing With Challenging Behaviours programme encourages an autism friendly approach. 09.30 – 11.30 (For parents/carers of under 10’s) 09.30 – 11.30 Tues 3rd March The Importance of Visual Structure and Thurs 26th Feb An Introduction To 123 Magic Sensory Sensitivities in Autism Writing Social Scripts 09.30 – 11.30 How To Implement It 19.00 – 21.00 Weds 4th March Sharing Your Child’s Diagnosis With Mon 2nd March Emotional Awareness Find out more about what sensory sensitivities are and Learn more about what social scripts are, why they are 19.00 – 21.00 Them and Others 09.30 – 11.30 how they affect someone with autism. Learn useful a useful tool for communicating with people on the Tues 10th March Dealing With Challenging Behaviours Thurs 5th March Writing Social Scripts strategies and approaches for sensory stimulation and autism spectrum. You will learn about what formats are 09.30 – 11.30 19.00 – 21.00 how that can help your child. best used and for what situations. Weds 11th March An Introduction To 123 Magic Mon 9th March Sensory Sensitivities in Autism 19.00 – 21.00 09.30 – 11.30 The Importance of Visual Structure and How to Tues 17th March Sensory Sensitivities in Autism Thurs 12th March Facilitating Play and Social Facilitating Play and Social Interaction (For 09.30 – 11.30 19.00 – 21.00 Interaction (For parents/carers of parents/carers of under 10’s) Implement It under 10’s) Learn how to encourage your child to play and interact by Here you will learn about the importance of visual Weds 18th March Encouraging Emotional Awareness in Mon 16th March Sharing Your Child’s Diagnosis With understanding what social impairments are and how they schedules to somebody on the autism spectrum, ideas 19.00 – 21.00 People With Autism 09.30 – 11.30 Them and Others can manifest themselves. You will learn skills and tips to for different formats which will empower you to go on Tues 24th March Writing Social Scripts Thurs 19th March Dealing With Challenging Behaviours help your child play and foster relationships. and make your own resources. 09.30 – 11.30 19.00 – 21.00 Weds 25th March Social Interactions and Relationships Mon 23rd March The Importance of Visual Structure 19.00 – 21.00 (For parents/carers of over 10’s) 09.30 – 11.30 and How To Implement It Tues 14th April An Introduction To 123 Magic Thurs 26th March Emotional Awareness Autism Awareness - What Is Autism? (£5 per person) Sharing Your Child’s Diagnosis with Them and Others 09.30 – 11.30 19.00 – 21.00 Weds 15th April Sensory Sensitivities in Autism Thurs 16th April Social Interactions and Relationships This is an opportunity for parents and carers to learn about After your child has been diagnosed it can often be difficult to 19.00 – 21.00 19.00 – 21.00 (For parents/carers of over 10’s) autism and how it affects those on the autism spectrum. know where to turn, what to do next and what the implications We will discuss autism theory and then what you can do as in the future might be. This course will help answer those Tues 21st April Facilitating Play and Social Interaction Mon 20th April Writing Social Scripts a parent or carer to support your child effectively. questions as well as give tips as to how to share an autism 09.30 – 11.30 (For parents/carers of under 10’s) 09.30 – 11.30 diagnosis with your child. Weds 22nd April The Importance of Visual Structure and Thurs 23rd April Sharing Your Child’s Diagnosis With 19.00 – 21.00 How To Implement It 19.00 – 21.00 Them and Others Social Interactions and Relationships (For Encouraging Emotional Awareness in People with If you book 5 sessions you will get one free parents/carers of over 10’s) Autism For further details on what the courses entail and to purchase your tickets please Learn how to encourage your child or young person to This session will enable you to understand how to help interact by understanding what social impairments are and someone with autism process their emotions, what Visit our website www.autismconcern.org/training how they can manifest themselves. You will learn skills and emotions mean and how to deal with them. tips to help your child or young person foster relationships. Or email email@example.com Or call 01604 239404
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