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SENsible24 with Abigail Hawkins

The SENDcast

Release Date: 12/04/2023

Effective Use of Visuals to Aid Communication with Kerry Thalia show art Effective Use of Visuals to Aid Communication with Kerry Thalia

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Children are not making as much progress communicating as they could be and are losing out on their ability to gain independence and autonomy. The failures in communication can lead to a lower expectation or achievement in academic and social areas. I'm excited to welcome Kerry Thalia to the podcast to discuss ‘Effective use of visuals to aid communication.’ This is Kerry's first podcast with the SENDcast, and we explore how we use visuals everyday with SEND, and more widely in teaching. Visual aids are invaluable tools, but all too often, they are treated as mere checkboxes instead of...

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Looking and Trusting Inside Rather Than Looking For Solutions Externally with Alison Knowles show art Looking and Trusting Inside Rather Than Looking For Solutions Externally with Alison Knowles

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We have become victims to the “norm” and we doubt our self-worth based on external benchmarks such as houses, cars, grades, clothes. Parenting is around your child doing better than the next or behaving the way they do and not necessarily celebrating their uniqueness. Alison Knowles returns today to discuss ‘Looking and trusting inside rather than looking for solutions externally’. Alison explores the reasons why we aren’t trusting our judgement and why we’re basing our sense of self on others’ achievements. Asking for advice is healthy, but the problem arises when you’re...

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Zones of Regulation with Kim Griffin show art Zones of Regulation with Kim Griffin

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When it comes to zones of regulation, often they’re not fully understood or correctly used in schools with the assumption that they are good or bad. Kim Griffin joins Dale today to shed light on this misconception! Green = good Red = bad In today’s podcast ‘Zones of regulation’, Kim provides clarity and insights on this important topic as she: Explains the zones and their original purpose Summarises information from a book about the zones Reflects on personal experiences Considers how schools use them Raises awareness that not all children feel emotions in the exact same way Discusses...

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School Attendance with Suzy Rowland, Fintan O'Regan and Sarah-Jane Critchley show art School Attendance with Suzy Rowland, Fintan O'Regan and Sarah-Jane Critchley

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Today we are celebrating the release of our 200th episode of the podcast! To mark this special occasion, we have invited some of our past guests back to record an episode focused on the important topic of ‘school attendance’. Suzy Rowland, Sarah-Jane Critchley and Fintan O’Regan join me, not only will you hear our familiar voices, but you'll also see us live as we have video recorded the episode for the first time! The controversial DfE campaign “Attendance Matters” received criticism and trivialised some of the complex reasons why children may not attend school. It failed to...

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Person-Centred Approaches: Clarity or Confusion? with Angela Scott show art Person-Centred Approaches: Clarity or Confusion? with Angela Scott

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The Children’s Act 2014 and SEND Code of Practice (2015) placed great emphasis on the use of person-centred approaches. The concept was embraced but without necessarily being fully explored and accurately interpreted. There is a level of confusion in some schools and settings about how to effectively implement person-centred practices without fully understanding the underlying principles. For SENCOs in particular, these approaches have often become overly bureaucratised. In this week’s episode, Angela Scott joins Dale to discuss ‘Person-Centred Approaches: clarity or confusion?’....

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Morphology with Louise Selby show art Morphology with Louise Selby

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Everyone knows about phonics/phonology as it’s high on the national agenda for intervention currently, but it doesn’t always work. A lot of SENCOs, especially in secondary, are feeling trapped by phonics and Ofsted feeling they don't have permission to try a new approach. Teachers are also frustrated that they are just being told to do the same thing over and over. Our new special guest, Louise Selby, joins Dale today to delve into the fascinating world of ‘Morphology’. Louise explains that the English language is made up of 3 systems: phonology, morphology and etymology. Did you know...

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Whole Life Mental Health Meanderings with Dr Helen Ross show art Whole Life Mental Health Meanderings with Dr Helen Ross

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Dr. Helen Ross, dyslexia expert and consultant, joined Dale this week in what they had planned to be a discussion on dyslexia and mental health. However, their conversation took an unexpected turn, leading them on a meandering path through various topics and reflections on life. They therefore decided to call the episode ‘Whole life mental health meanderings’. During this lively discussion, Helen and Dale ended up reflecting on their lives which took them all over the place – from labels, Helen's projects, and parental expectations to period pains and their own life journeys. The essence...

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Working with Parents with Lynn How show art Working with Parents with Lynn How

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As you know, SENCOs play a crucial role in supporting students with special educational needs, and they often find themselves in the firing line when dealing with parental issues. Despite their kindness and empathy, SENCOs (and teachers in general) are not always equipped with specific training in this area, which poses a significant challenge. To shed light on this topic, Lynn How joins Dale to share valuable insights and tips for working effectively with parents. In this episode, Lynn explores; the reasons why this challenge is a recurring issue for SENCOs barriers to parental engagement...

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Your Senses and Your Mental Health with Joanna Grace show art Your Senses and Your Mental Health with Joanna Grace

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Did you know that there is a profound connection between our senses and mental health? Our senses can heighten the more stress we’re under, but they can also shut down as well. Smell alone can bring up strong feelings and emotions, for example, no one likes the smell of hospitals, but they love the smell of fresh bread. To explore this connection further, Dale invited Joanna Grace, Sensory Engagement and Inclusion Specialist, to join him to discuss ‘Your senses and your mental health’. Joanna highlights that when in a depressive mindset, you can withdraw from the world and restrict your...

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What is an OT? with Kim Griffin show art What is an OT? with Kim Griffin

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We’ve all heard of Occupational Therapists – but do we truly understand the breadth and depth of their role? Kim Griffin has been an OT for over 20 years and joins Dale for today’s podcast ‘What is an OT?’. Kim sheds light on the history of the profession, explains how the name was derived and how it can specialise in different areas; such as working with children, adults, mental health, SEND, orthopaedics and so on. An OT’s role can support people across their lifespan! Kim specialises in paediatrics and has extensive experience working with SEND children within schools. During...

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SENsible24: Elevate Your SENCO Experience with a little bit of fun and learning

Step into a world of inclusivity and collaboration at the first LIVE in-person event, "All in the Room". Inspired by the idea of meeting SEN needs within the classroom, this event brings together exhibitors, speakers, and SENCOs around the same tables. Join us for a day filled with engaging sessions, laughs and a few moments of realisation, led by experts in Special Educational Needs (SEN), where knowledge is shared and connections are made. From adaptive teaching strategies to tackling workload bureaucracy, we invite you to be part of this fun filled community day where everyone learns from each other, even Gavin...

 

Event Highlights:

📚 Practical Wisdom: Lots of stories and helpful tips from those that have been there and done that, not only that but the combined experience in the room will reach well over 1000 years!

🤝 Networking Extravaganza: Connect, collaborate, and get moving around the room, ohh you thought you were just coming to sit by people you already knew? Haha, think again, SENCOs meet other SENCOs as we get you engaging with each other like never before!

🛍️ Exhibitor Showcase: Every event has to have some well placed exhibitors, but these are just those throwing money at the event, going "I want to be there!" Every Exhibitor has been hand picked to attend and is linked to a talk, they might even be a little picked on, well they spend ages trying to get you to buy their stuff, so let's have a little fun!

Free Nourishment: Nourishment? Who uses that? Free food, 200 people eating in a gourmet restaurant, just avoid Gavin he is all elbows and with that many people you can be assured something will go wrong, if it does we can open the Prosecco and just laugh about it!

🎟️ Limited Tickets: Super limited and we reallly have to sell all these to break even with the bank, running this kind of event isn't free, we have some discounts available for our website members (Plat/Plat plus), but we really can't do much more than that. Sorry!

🥳 Celebration: We will be recognising the work that SENCOs do, you work soo hard to make such a different and one random lucky or unlucky SENCO will be pulled up to the stage and given the award that represents the hard work of all SENCOs!

 

This is more than just a boring conference; it's an opportunity to grow, connect, and celebrate your role as a SENCO. Whether you're a seasoned SENCO or just starting your journey, SENsible24 is the place to be.

 

About Abigail Hawkins

Abigail runs SENDCOSolutions, an SEN consultancy and SENsible SENCO CIC, a not-for-profit networking support group.  She has been a SENCO for over 25 years and has taught a multitude of subjects across all phases from 2-year-olds to adults. 

She works with software companies developing supportive software for SEN and Safeguarding purposes, has developed and delivers on a teaching assistant apprenticeship programme, authored several books on SEN and exclusions and runs a support network for over 9000 SENCOs. 

Until recently, she was the Chair of Governors for 3 schools in the East Midlands and she still works as a SENCO for part of her week.  Abigail has a no-nonsense, practical approach to SEN issues faced by schools.

Abigail was one of the three lead voices on a series of SEN webinars delivered over the lockdowns amassing an audience of over 12000 viewers and she uses modern approaches to share SEN-related information including a successful YouTube channel. 

Contact Abigail

Website – www.sendcosolutions.co.uk 

www.sensiblesenco.org.uk  

Email – [email protected]

Twitter – @sendcosolutions

Facebook Group: 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/sensiblesenco 

Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/SENsibleSENCO