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Debs writes.... Last week, I had the pleasure of listening to Jane McConnell (IPSEA's Chief Executive) speak at the Towards…
A spin around The Autism Show
Last Saturday, Debs and I visited The Autism Show at London's Excel. Poor Debs fell over the dog a couple of…
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  • Evaluation of SEND pathfinder report – some nice weekend reading!
    The Children and Families Bill has had a busy week, having a third reading in the House of Commons and…
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  • Carer’s Week: Join me on the Carer’s Circle Line
    Debs writes.... During National Carers Week, I think we all give more thought to what being a carer actually means.…
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  • Carer’s Week: My son is a young carer
    It's Carer's Week, organised and supported by quite a few charities in the UK Carers provide unpaid care by looking…
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  • No change please! ASD Son2 and the hair tong dilemma: Can you decide?
    Tania writes: Yesterday it was my birthday and I was very pleased to receive some wave-making hair tongs to bring…
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  • Contact A Family extends free benefits helpline service
    The brilliant charity, Contact a Family, is from today offering an extended helpline service. Contact a Family has long been…
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  • Catch your kids being good with help from Maya Angelou
    Tania writes: "Catch them being good" is the oft-repeated advice to help encourage positive behaviour in children. And it's good…
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  • Sayonara, School Action and School Action Plus
    Debs writes.... The Government is proposing to replace the current categories of School Action and School Action Plus with a…
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  • Dr Tony Attwood’s views on Asperger’s and girls
    Tania writes: I was recently lucky enough to attend a conference given by both the world-renowned expert in Asperger Syndrome,…
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  • Echolocation (aka Dolphin Boy)
    Deb writes.. Some of you may have read a report this week about the use of echolocation in blind children.…
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  • Labels: Love or Loathe them?
    Deb writes... Are labels a help or hindrance?  Do you love them or loathe them?  Do they change the way…
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  • Today is Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) Awareness Day
    The PDA Contact Group have guest written a post for us - if you are experiencing this with your child,…
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  • Take the SEN reform awareness survey and grab a chance to win!
    Debs writes... Over the past 12 months, we have received a deluge of questions and queries about the SEN reforms.…
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  • Is this ASD research a potential game-changer?
    There is new research and findings about causes and potential therapies for autism every week, but the following caught my…
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  • Special Needs Jungle Drums!
    Some great stories, news and blogs from the last week, curated from us, just for you. Netbuddy Says...: Promoting good…
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  • Making the Disabled Children’s Charter a health priority
    As you are hopefully aware, the beginning of April saw a massive shake-up in the NHS and the creation of…
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  • Help kick-start a project to make low-cost Sensory Stories!
    Tania writes: So many of the people I meet who are involved with special needs have an absolute passion for…
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  • SEN protection to age 25 – unless you go to university
    I've been pondering on the SEN section of the Children & Families Bill for a while and I am perplexed…
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  • Our son’s rare disease sparked a search for answers- and support
    Tania writes: I am often contacted by desperate parents searching for help with finding the special needs solutions for their children.…
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  • A personal take on depression: Would you recognise it in your child?
    Tania writes It's Depression Awareness Week, although with the state of the economy and the weather, it wouldn't surprise me…
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  • Working with parents as partners – a practitioner’s top tips
    Debs writes... The Children and Families Bill, currently working its way through parliament is very big on practitioners in education,…
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  • Raising awareness of children’s conditions so rare, they’re undiagnosed.
    Tania writes: Recently, when Debs & I went to Westminster, we met Renata Blower, a Mum who blogs about her…
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  • My son and his literal world
    Debs writes.... My eldest son, K lives in a very literal world and we spend half of our day trying…
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  • Parent Carer Forums
    Debs writes.... Tania and I are both co-chairs of Parent Carer Forums and we do mention them quite a lot.…
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  • £27.3 Million grant fund to help low-income families with disabled or seriously ill children
    I tweeted this earlier, but think if I make a post about it, more people will see it and be…
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  • Autism Acceptance? It’s so much more than that…
    It's Autism Awareness/Acceptance Day, Month, whatever... lots will be written today about what autism is and what it isn't. No…
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  • Highlighting your SEN Beacons of Good Practice
    Debs writes.... When we visited Mr T last week, along with other mum bloggers, we discussed the excellent help that several…
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  • A video about the Surrey SEN reform Pathfinder
    Tania writes: Here's a video made by the DfE about when Ed Timpson, the SEN Minister, came to Surrey. It…
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  • Special Needs Jungle meet SEN Minister, Edward Timpson
    So the big day arrived and of course, it was raining. Tania and I headed into London, to the Department…
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  • Draft SEN Code of Practice: Further views
    Debs writes.... As the Indicative Code of Practice was published, I was in Guildford delivering Early Support's Key Working in…
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  • Rough Draft SEN Code of Practice published
    Late yesterday, the DfE published the "Indicative draft Code of Practice" as a "work in progress" to go with the…
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  • Co-production is the key to SEN culture change
    Tania writes: Last week I spoke at a top-level conference for council Chief Executives and Leaders from the SE7 -…
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  • Government acts on calls for SEN ‘duty’ for health provision in reforms
    The surprising and extremely welcome news today from the Department for Education (DfE) is that there will, after all, be…
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  • SEN reform progress report: ‘pathfinder champions’ chosen
    It's been a bumper day of announcements and happenings surrounding SEN reform. First of all, came the publication of a…
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  • DfE publishes an easy-to-read version of Children and Families Bill
    The Department for Education has published an easy to read version of the children & families bill designed especially for…
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  • Rare Disease Day: My son has Retinopathy of Prematurity
    Today, 28th February is Rare Disease Day. It's an awareness raising day for the millions of people around the world…
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  • Children and Families Bill – the missing pieces
    Earlier this month, we shared our Initial Views on the Children and Families Bill.  Since then, we have had chance…
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  • Rare Disease Day: Son2 has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
    Tania writes: As you will know if you are a regular reader, Son2 has Asperger Syndrome. He also has ADD…
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  • Special Needs Jungle has a new LinkedIn group!
    We have exciting news! Special Needs Jungle now has a brand new group on LinkedIn. While there are a couple…
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  • Early Years Development Journal from NCB
    The NCB (National Children's Bureau) website has some brilliant free resources for parents, carers and practitioners available for download. One…
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  • SEN Reforms – The Minister visits
    Last Friday a groups of parents from parent-carer forums around the country came together at the Department for Education to…
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  • Top Tips for Speech and Language Therapy – Part Two
    Here is the second part of top tips for speech and language therapy from Helen & Elizabeth at SpeechBlogUK. If…
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  • Top Tips for Speech and Language Therapy – Part One
    As is often the case, I come across great resources and services for children with special needs on Twitter. I…
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  • Ten things I wish, with hindsight, I had known
    Debs writes.... As we go through the Special Needs Jungle, we pick up tips, we gain confidence and we often…
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  • Children and Families Bill – initial views
    Finally, the wait is over and the Children and Families Bill, which includes the SEN reforms, has been published. Debs…
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  • Children & Families Bill published
    The Children and Families bill, issued in draft form last year, has just been published. Within this bill are the…
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  • Rare Disease Day: How Dan’s rare disease didn’t stop his mainstream education
    Rare Disease Day is at the end of February, with the theme 'Disorders without Borders'. In Europe it's coordinated by…
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  • Special Needs Jungle named in The Times “Top 50 Sites To Make You Smarter”
    Wowzer! Special Needs Jungle has been named in the The Times (yes the UK national newspaper) as one of its "Top…
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  • Research backs Emma’s FACS battle
    One of my fellow special needs mums, whom I met over Twitter, Emma Murphy, is spearheading a campaign highlighting the…
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  • Storytelling Week
    My colleagues over at NetBuddy have an article in The Guardian about Storytelling week and how to engage your children,…
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  • A morning with Monty, a very special boy.
    My good friend Angela, who is my 'co' in co-chair at Family Voice Surrey, always has an air of unflappability.…
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  • Ten tips when your child is newly diagnosed with a special need or disability
    [c[caption id="attachment_2273" align="alignleft" width="250"]e's not a condition, he's my boy[/[/caption]ou may have suspected, even all but known, but…
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  • Key Working : Whose Job Is It Anyway?
    When the SEND Green Paper was launched in March 2011, the Department for Education said they would “test the role…
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  • Chinese Whispers and Garth’s Uncle
    As you may have read on Friday, Special Needs Jungle has a new regular contributor in Debs Aspland, the director…
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  • Teenagers and suicide- a growing challenge for our times
    Mental health in adolescents with or without special needs is a growing concern and a particular interest of mine. I…
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  • Exciting news from Special Needs Jungle-bringing in a fresh perspective for 2013!
    I have some exciting news for Special Needs Jungle for 2013! In 2012, the site really took off and now…
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  • Ordering at Starbucks, Asperger’s style
    Yesterday, I took the boys shopping to Basingstoke. As I'm not currently able to walk far, I sat in Starbucks…
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  • Skiing, Steam Punk and a view to the future
    Happy New Year and I hope you all had a great Christmas without too much stress! Ours was relatively quiet,…
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