As part of our Transform training offer, we run a series of webinars for Natspec members where experts from across the specialist sector contribute their knowledge on different topics. They are usually held on a Wednesday lunchtime each month.
The multi-stranded Wellbeing programme at Eat that Frog isn’t ‘one size fits all’, but holistically tailored to each learner. Young people have been involved in a range of individual activities targeted to their own interests and needs that have strong links to the local community.
At Portland college staff have been working across disciplines through a series of linked initiatives. Positive Behaviour Support/Zones of Regulations and a series of health and wellbeing workshops have been developed as a core part of the curriculum.
The Cross-College Learner forum at Sense college east, brings together learner representatives from eight colleges sites. Learners at the college have complex disabilities and communication needs.
Please also check the TechAbility webinar channel for specialist help on Assistive Technology.
The Fundamentals of Safeguarding
Keeping learners safe is a core responsibilities as learning providers. In this webinar, Carla Jones (National Lead – Safeguarding at National Star), covers the key areas to consider when it comes to safeguarding students with learning difficulties and / or disabilities. It is aimed at colleagues relatively new to the topic or those who are more experienced but would welcome the opportunity to go ‘back to basics’.
The impact of positive behaviour support on learning
Hosted by Darren Evans (Behaviour Analyst / PBS Lead, Bridge College), this webinar provides an opportunity to hear about a range of practical positive behaviour support strategies and how these can be used to improve access and engagement in learning. The webinar also includes strategies for use by parents, staff and students, in the home learning environment and in an education setting.
Integration of learning and therapy for students with PMLD
This webinar is led by Maria Hawksworth, Lead Physiotherapist at Bridge College. It describes how Bridge College has successfully integrated therapy services into PMLD student learning programmes. Maria outlines their new approach of jointly-led, curriculum-therapy co-designed sessions. This includes defining and achieving integrated therapy and learning targets. She also details the streamlining of student guidelines to achieve positive, multi-disciplinary integration.
The Adolescent Brain
Hosted by Janine Cherrington from Transition2.
Beyond the challenges our learners experience with aspects of their diagnoses, they are also undergoing significant changes within their adolescent brains. Such changes can lead to the young adult feeling more excitable and exhausted, and can significantly affect already complex behaviours, sleep patterns and relationships. Developments in neuroscience help us to recognise some of the ways in which we can support our young adults with aspects of self-regulation at this time of change, and better understand how college life can be structured to help prepare learners for their transition from childhood to adulthood.
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