Tag: SEN

Remembrance Day: Free SEN resources

These are the resources I have made to use with my class to support learning about Remembrance Day this November.  Poppy themed with a UK focus all use similar images and symbols . I hope they are of some use with your children.

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Essential Books for Inclusive Teachers: Behaviour.

These books are only those I have read and can recommend. They all follow an inclusive and positive support ethos. They all also focus on the only part of behaviour support we can control – ourselves. If your school has a zero tolerance behaviour policy read these and make it your mission to get that rewritten.I will get around to doing a second post but I need to get reading first!

Does Behaviour Really come “Out of the Blue?”

Looking beyond “No apparent reason”. Does Behaviour Really come “Out of the Blue?” This article is based on my experiences working with Autistic children who also communicate in ways we find challenging. We do our best to find patterns, clues and reasons for episodes of challenging behaviour. When a behaviour if displayed with no noticeable

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10 Simple Strategies to Prevent Behaviour Escalation.

Keep up to date on our facebook page These are 10 simple ways to prevent challenging behaviour escalating by making small changes to your interaction. In our PBS training these are called active interventions. In reality there are thousands of these. Add yours to the comments below! Visual supports at all times – Social stories,

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Teaching Resources: Twinkl Create

One of the most interesting things I found on the Twinkl site was the “create” feature, this allows you to build a range of resources from displays to interactive games to worksheets. Now I’m not the biggest fan of a worksheet but with a bit of laminating they can easily turn into a folder task. I hate seeing folders of random sheets that all use different fonts imagery etc. If I am creating a pack for a topic it is much better that all the resources have a common look and feel. It just looks more cohesive and planned.

Autism: Change & Transition

“If a child is Autistic, they do not like change.” This is the biggest ASD stereotype, the most widely repeated generalisation (In schools anyway). Not entirely accurate though is it? A better comment would be “Change causes anxiety.” Everyone to some degree or other is affected by change. Some change we control, volunteer for, or

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Inclusive Teacher: Autism Awareness

Autism awareness is an essential concept with ever increasing need for us all to seek a greater understanding of what it means to be autistic. However it must be more than holding an assembly, or watching a video. We must make real and ongoing adaptations to ensure our learning environments and school communities are as inclusive as possible.

Inclusive Teacher: Sensory Umbrellas.

Keep up to date on our facebook page When you listen to a speaker you need to be inspired, your mind needs to fill with ideas as they speak. I had the pleasure of listening and watching Flo Longhorn at a conference late last year and came away with a desire to rush out and

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SEN Teacher: Transport Topic 2

This posts contains some more transport themed free printable worksheets / folder tasks. These go with my previous post. There should be at least two versions of each one. For writers/pre-writers and including  InPrint (Widgit software) symbols.  Again these are mostly in PowerPoint format so very easy to adapt and edit. Distance Measuring Worksheet/Communication board

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Teaching Alternative Behaviours.

Many young people I have taught have found efficient and effective ways of communicating a need or a want at some point in the past that then becomes their primary way of communicating. Unfortunate as they grow and develop into young adults this communicative behaviour becomes a barrier to so many aspects of life. What

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Online Safety & SEN 2: Why is it so important?

This is part 2 of the Online Safety & SEN series. In this blog I will look at why it is so important that our most vulnerable students are supported. What is it that makes students with special educational needs so vulnerable? I am primarily talking about those students with complex needs (ASD, SLD, PMLD,

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10 reasons why NQTs should consider working in specialist provision.

If you have recently qualified and looking for a teaching post I would urge you to consider working in a specialist provision, whether that be a PRU, special school, specialist unit or residential school. Why I hear you ask? Well here are 10 reasons to start off with It will immerse you in an environment

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Guest Blog: Developing a CPD model

I would like to thank Lynn McCann for writing this post about developing an effective CPD model. Lynn runs a consultancy business, she is definitely concerned about the outcomes of her support on the children. She supplies a lot of free resources and great advice via her website and is always on hand to tweet

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Autism: Facial Expressions.

This blog was prompted after I read this research paper. When you are a teacher of children diagnosed with ASD, you have a job to do, you are in a position with responsibility to carry out a task. How often do we question our ability to do this? I don’t mean write a lesson plan.

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Get Off the Negativity Bandwagon!

I think it is incredibly important to be positive about the work you do. If you work with children then it is vital. However the school ecosystem is a complex organism, easily affected by external inputs. As staff we have worries and dilemmas that play on our mind. Professionalism dictates that these be left at

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Challenging Behaviour: 5 reasons your strategies aren’t working.

When faced with displays of behaviour that challenge most schools resort to sanctions and consequences. For some this may work.  If you work with Young people with a special educational need, mental health issues, or those experiencing that most troubling of all childhood issues – Puberty; need you to raise your game and think beyond

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Excellent SEN Blogs to follow: Part 2.

This is a follow up to part 1 there are a huge number of great SEN blogs with ideas, resources, and inspiration  for you to read and engage with. These are just some I have enjoyed reading and wanted to share them with you. Tracey Lawrence – Tweets as @behaviourteach Assistant head, and host of

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Teaching with TEACCH: Autism

One of the main issues I have with labels is the group children with a huge array of skills, interests, talents together and that leads to approaches to their education that try to suggest it will work with anyone who has that label. I have used the TEACCH approach widely but never with the whole

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Excellent SEN Blogs to follow: Part 1.

  These blogs are those that I have visited often and found great ideas, positivity or inspiration for my own writing from. Due to the nature of the blogosphere there are likely to be many great blogs I have missed, some great bloggers are reticent to promote their writing. If you know of a great

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