Recent and Upcoming SEND events
Bower Grove Support Sessions
Bower Grove School are to be holding the following Parent Support meetings in October and November 2021:
- Friday 17th October from 10.30am until 11.40am: Ruth Smith, Speech and Language Therapist. Ruth will be outlining some key strategies that are available as well as top tips for parents and carers in supporting their child's speech, language and communication skills. This session is open to all parents and carers of children with an Autistic Spectrum Condition or Additional Needs.
- Friday 26th November from 10.30am until 11.40am: Sharon McLaughlin, SEND Partnership and Engagement Manager. Sharon will be providing an update and leading a discussion on changes, developments and improvements to the KCC Local Offer website and services. Amanda Oliver, Quadrant Ambassador for West Kent PACT, will also be present to chat about her role and parent participation.
If you are interested in attending either or both of the above sessions, please contact Josephine Cousins on 01622 726773 or alternatively email email@example.com
ADHD Support Group
ADHD UK are offering an online support group meeting on Thursday 20th May. "Living with ADHD" provides the opportunity to share (should you wish) and listen to, the strategic adaptations, techniques and methods that can help with ADHD and learn what works for others. There is no charge to participate in the support group but donations to ADHD UK are welcomed.
To sign up please click here.
Parent Support Meeting - Holiday Behaviour Tips
Bower Grove School are to be holding a Parent Support meeting on Friday 25th June which is open to all parents, carers or families of children with special and additional educational needs. The meeting is titled "Holiday Behaviour Tips" and will be followed by a question and answer session.
There is no need to book, please just go along if this session is of interest to you. It will be running between 10.15am and 11.40am at Bower Grove School in Maidstone. Please visit their website and navigate to 'Parent Support' under the 'News and Events' tab for more information about this and future events.
The SCERTS Model Parent/Carer Zoom Session
We would like to inform our parents and carers of an upcoming training session on the SCERTS Model with international expert Emily Rubin on Tuesday 23rd March, online via Zoom, 6pm to 8pm.
Emily specialises in Autism and related social learning disabilities and will be covering a number of topics relating to SCERTS, an educational model for children with ASD and their families which provides specific guidelines for helping an individual become a competent and confident social communicator and an active learner.
If you are interested in booking a place, please call 01622 743925 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost of the event is £20 per person which is payable in advance of the event date.
The Contented Child
Following the success of previous workshop, The Contented Child are running a series of new workshops in the February 2020 half term. "Autism Awareness" and "Taming Your Temper" are now available and can be booked on the website by clicking here.
Furthermore, there are additional workshops coming up in November that may by of interest to you. Find out more information about these here.
In March 2019, The NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in Kent launched an exciting new Good Mental Health Matters resource for Kent Primary school children and on 25th June 2019 they visited Sutton Valence Primary School with their touring, pop-up inflatable classroom to deliver a live, fun, interactive and educational mental health resource to our pupils.
All children took part, learning about simple and memorable ways to look after their mental health, with the letters of Fred's name representing the areas of educational focus:
- Food - Eating the right foods
- Rest - Getting enough sleep
- Exercise - Being active
- Digital - Managing time spent online
The Fantastic Fred Experience is part of the Good Mental Health Matters campaign to raise awareness of mental health among young people in Kent, and equip children at a very early age to improve lifelong emotional resilience. The NHS believes that it is essential to reach Primary school-aged children and teach them positive ways in which they can look after their mental health, therefore hopefully preventing young people from developing mental health challenges as they get older.
Our pupils thoroughly enjoyed the workshops, which took place inside a large and brightly coloured inflatable dome on the school field! They all went home with a bright blue wristband and a booklet to share with family members including tips to look after your mental health.
Thank you Fantastic Fred, for coming to our school!