On Monday 25th March Somerset Parent Carer Forum C.I.C will be hosting the Big SEND Information Day. The event will run from 12:00 to 6:30pm at Westlands, Entertainment Centre, Westbourne Close, Yeovil. BA20 2DD

The event will include the following:

Introduction to Autism and strategies that work. 12:00-14:00 

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Taster session of Introduction to Autism and strategies that work. 16:00-17:00

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Autism Somerset CIC raise Autism Awareness, deliver training sessions and signposting for families, individuals, carers and professionals.

The session will be delivered by Ally Ward who has lots of experience in helping families understand Autism and find strategies that work for them. 

This workshop will look at strategies for Autism & Anxiety

You will learn about and explore:
– Communication
– Actions & Behaviours
– Thinking Process
– Experience a Sensory Process

Ideal for parents, carers & professionals

Inclusive Education with Gareth Morewood.

Gareth D Morewood Director of Curriculum Support

To book your free place, click on the time slot 12:30 -14:30 or 16:30 -18:30 

There is an additional session for practitioners 10-12.

Gareth D Morewood has been the Director of Curriculum Support (SENCo) at Priestnall School in Stockport since September 2002. During this time, he has shaped provision not only at Priestnall, but also in a number of other schools and Local Authorities across the UK and Ireland through support, research, training and consultancy. Gareth also regularly supports parents/carers with SEND legislation and provision, as part of his wider interests in equality and opportunity for all.

As a passionate advocate for inclusive education, Gareth has written extensively on his philosophy of inclusive education and provision over the past few years and regularly speaks at and chairs national conferences on provision within mainstream settings for students with complex needs. You will find links to most of his papers, articles, books and films on his website, along with a number of resources that are freely available to use and adapt, as required.

Through his own research, extensive knowledge and practical experience in developing whole-school approaches to supporting young people with autism in mainstream schools, Gareth has considerable experience in the development of evidence-based whole-school inclusive systems.

The Teenage Brain and Managing Behaviour 16:00 – 18:00

Come along and find out more about teenage brain development and how this impacts on adolescent behaviour and decision making. Learn strategies that will help reduce conflict and promote more connected relationships.

This workshop will help parents to understand how to support their teenager and manage anxiety.

The workshop is delivered by independent trainers providing parent carers and professionals workshops in all areas of children and young people’s mental health.

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Wake up to Life – An introduction to Home Education 17:15 – 18:30

Home Education: The reasons why this may be right for your child. Have your questions answered and make an informed choice about your child’s education.

Common reasons families remove their children from school include: Struggling and unhappy at school, special needs not being met, worry about bullying, anxiety and school refusal.

Emma and Zena will share their knowledge and insights. Drawing on years of experience home educating their own children and supporting many other families with their home education journeys, they will be answering questions families have as they start out or are considering taking those first steps into home education.www.wakeup2life.co.uk

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Wills, Trusts and Planning for your child’s future.

18:00 to 18:30

Rhiannon Gogh is a chartered Financial Advisor and mum to Tristan who has autism. She specialises in financial planning for families touched by disability and has presented in schools, charities and parent groups. 

She will be running a short presentation discussing Wills, Trusts and Guardianship, explaining how she has made arrangements for her son to cater for his learning disability. This includes looking at what you can do now to make sure your child is provided for and not left vulnerable, when you are no longer around.

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