Events

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Term 5

Term starts: 12 April 2021
May Day: Monday 3 May 2021
Term ends: 28 May 2021
May break: Monday 31 May to Friday 4 June 2021

Term 6

Term starts: 7 June 2021
25 June 2021 – Leavers’ Day (for Y11, 12, 13, 14) and end of KS5 programme
9 July 2021 – Transition INSET Day
12 – 16 July 2021 – Transition Week
Term ends: 16 July 2021 at 1:00pm
School holidays: Monday 16 July to Tuesday, 31 August 2021

Family Workshops and Events+

Click below to find out more about the Brighter Beginnings virtual workshops and events, which are free to join and organised specially for families of children with SEND

Speech and Language for Parents/Carers of Young Children with Additional Needs+

Suitable for parents of young children (aged 0-5) with speech, language and communication issues. This workshop will help you to think about how you can best communicate with your child and how you can share this knowledge with those in their early years and school settings. Written and delivered by a very experienced speech and language therapist and adviser to the children’s communication charity, I CAN.

Date: Tuesday 20 April
Time: 18:00 – 20:00
Location: Online workshop

Sign up now

Handling meetings: for parents/carers+

It’s very natural to feel overwhelmed about attending a meeting to discuss your child’s specialist needs and get the right support for them. You may be finding this even more challenging during the disruption of Covid-19. This workshop will help give you the confidence to help you get the best from a virtual meeting.

Date: Wednesday 21 April 2021
Time: 19:30 – 21:30
Location: Online workshop

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Money Matters – for parents/carers of young children with additional needs +

An overview of benefits, DLA, Carers Allowance, grants available, discounts on utilities, leisure, discounts for carers. Accessing services for support with financial applications. Local information and helplines. Dispelling myths around benefits. Also covers Covid 19-related financial updates.

Date: Tuesday 4 May
Time: 
7:30 pm
Book now via Eventbrite

Encouraging Positive Behaviour in Young Children+

Gain a better understanding of why young children with additional needs behave the way they do. Learn ways to handle difficult situations in a calm, stress-free manner. Explore ways of supporting and encouraging your child and how to get support and help. 

Date: Thursday 29 April 2021
Time: 10:00 – 12:00
Location: Online workshop

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Helping your young child sleep+

During the disruption of Covid-19, it can be extra challenging to manage young children’s sleep patterns. This online workshop gives the opportunity to hear other parents’ experiences, learn new strategies and share as much or as little of your story as you wish.

Date: Tuesday 27 April 2021
Time: 10:00 – 12:00
Location: Online workshop

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Siblings workshop for parents/carers+

Explore any issues and concerns you face with managing the needs of all your children when one or more has additional needs.

Dates to be announced

Growing Up workshop for parents/carers+

Explore how best to support your child as they experience puberty and adolescence.  Support with managing their educational, practical and emotional needs, and helping them to develop positive relationships.

Dates to be announced

Wellbeing for parents/carers of children with additional needs+

Understand clearly what stress is & how it affects you. Identify new ways of coping with stress & reducing your stress levels. Try new stress busting ideas until you find ones that fit with you! 

Dates to be announced

Educational support for school-age children with additional needs+

Understand what support is available for your school-aged child in educational settings (in England).  Understand SEND provision and EHCPs.

Dates to be announced

Research Café Online Events+

Join the discussion, learn something new!

Research Cafe is a friendly event open to everyone – students, parents, governors, researchers and friends of Abbot’s Lea School. You will be able to meet three researchers, hear about their new findings, ask questions and suggest new ideas.

Wednesday, 12 May 2021 at 11 am on Zoom
Sign-up here

Thomas and Friends autism-friendly clothing line (NAS)+

The National Autistic Society is working in partnership with Mattel to develop a range of Thomas and Friends character clothing, designed for autistic children.

The survey is being conducted among parents/carers of autistic children under the age of 16 and should only take around 5-10 minutes to complete.

The findings of this survey will be used to inform the development of this range of clothing.

Access the survey: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/TandFEnews

The researchers are conducting this survey to gain an understanding of:

– the needs of autistic children in relation to dressing
– any particular requirements they may have
– preferred fabrics and colours

In return for participating in this survey, you will be entered into a prize draw with a chance to win one of three Thomas and Friends Walking Bridge track sets. The three winners will be notified by email on Friday 14th May.

Your personal data will only be used for this purpose and will not be kept any longer than is necessary.

If you have any questions, feel free to email supportercare@nas.org.uk or call 0808 800 1050

Preferences for Online Research (University of Leeds)+

Dear Students and Families,

My name is Anita and I am a researcher at the University of Leeds. I am trying to find out how we can make research and testing more exciting and enjoyable for autistic teens, given our current climate of online learning, research, and meetings. To do this, I hope to interview (online) 10 autistic adolescents (between 12-16 years) to get their opinions on different types of online research. As a thank you, each participant will get a £10 amazon voucher.

If you are interested in taking part or would like more information, please contact me using the email bellow.

Thank you and I hope you all take care and stay safe.

Anita Balcer-Whittle, BSc (Hons), MSc
a.balcer@leeds.ac.uk

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