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Training and talks

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Following are a number of training opportunities offered by Families and Special Educational Needs. 

A suitable environment in which to learn and develop

This area of training involves advising about the home and learning environments so they better meet individual need. It will cover 11 areas to include for example:

a. Lighting, contrast and clutter 

b. Walking areas and changes of level 

c. Auditory features 

d. Accessing and utilising internal and external spaces

Mobility and orientation

After assessment covering a child’s or young person’s mobility and orientation requirements I can deliver a 1-1 mobility and orientation programme covering 13 areas of development. Areas covered, dependent on age and assessed potential include:

a. Developing basic skills 

b. Accessing the learning environment 

c. Accessing the home environment 

d. Through mobility develop social skills, confidence and self-esteem 

e. Through mobility develop age-appropriate autonomy in the community

Independent living skills

After comprehensively assessing a child’s or young person’s independent living skills I can provide programmes and ongoing advice along with a comprehensive monitoring programme. 24 areas of development are covered to include:

a. Home skills 

b. Cooking skills 

c. Budgeting skills 

d. Laundry skills

Employability skills

Having comprehensively assessed the child’s or young person’s employability skills I can provide programmes and ongoing advice along with a comprehensive monitoring pro-forma. 10 areas are covered to include:

a. Communication 

b. Problem solving 

c. Being adaptable 

d. Motivation

Curriculum vitae

I can work 1-1 with a young person to compose a curriculum vitae and develop interview techniques specific to a disabled, for example, visually impaired applicant.

Individualised talks and training programmes

I can provide training in visual impairment and other disabilities to parent groups, schools, societies for the blind and specific eye condition groups. An agenda can be devised to meet specific requirements. Popular topics include:

a. The new SEN Code of Practice and Children and Families Act 2014 

b. Visual impairment and its impact on accessing education and training 

c. Meeting the needs of a learner who is visually impairment in concrete terms 

d. The assessment process, Statements of Special Educational Needs and Education Health and Care Plans 

e. Appropriate support 

f. Monitoring support in a volatile economic climate 

g. Who is responsible for delivering appropriate support 

h. Useful literature 

i. Questions and Answers

Awareness training for professionals

I can provide training in meeting the needs of visually impaired learners, those with other disabilities and their families to teaching assistants, non-specialist disability teachers and other non-specialist disability professionals. An agenda can be devised to meet specific requirements. Popular topics include:

a. Signs of a visual impairment impacting on school or college work 

b. Adapting and modifying worksheets and learning materials 

c. Curriculum strategies to meet the needs of visually impaired learners 

d. How to help visually impaired learners help themselves

If you feel isolated, in need of professional support and information see what Families and Special Educational Needs can offer.

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