CPD Seminars and events for disabled children and adults

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Kidz to Adultz Middle – Free Seminars

FREE CPD Accredited topical seminars for parents and professionals.

Boost your CPD portfolio and gain credits by attending one or more of the FREE seminars taking place alongside the exhibition. Our Seminars cover a wide range of issues and interests to families and carers of children with disabilities and additional needs, and the professionals who work with them.

The speakers will also be on hand throughout the day to answer any questions you may have. For professionals, certificates of attendance will be available to collect on the day. Entry is FREE on a first come, first served basis. Children welcome.
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Kidz to Adultz Middle 2017 Seminars

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THE MOVE PROGRAMME – Six steps towards an increase in functional mobility

This is a programme to develop functional mobility skills using a top down model. It is a completely child centred programme focussing on what is important to the child and their family. This talk aims to give an overview of the programme – What it entails and it’s benefits. Speaker and their credentials: Carol Francis – Move Programme Facilitator and Consultant. Carol has over 13 years experience of working in a special school using The Move Programme with pupils aged 2-19 years. Carol is now a Move Consultant working full time across Britain on behalf of The Move Programme.
Matt Toms
Move Consultant
Enham Trust

ASD and Sensory Processing – Our unique theories and a practical approach

Our own unique theories on how people on the autistic spectrum process senses. We will also look at under-sensitivity which is a problem often overlooked, yet it can be very dangerous. We’ll suggest strategies to help an individual recognise when they are over/under-sensitive to something and things they can do to manage their senses. Learning outcomes are:
• Recognising the differences between over and under-sensitivity
• Learning how to help someone who is over or under sensitive to become more independent.
Sam Ramsay
The Curly Hair Project Ltd


Engaging with Young People to Improve Health Outcomes: ‘Getting on’ with doctors, nurses and therapists

Young people with disabilities and additional needs will have more frequent visits to healthcare professionals. How can we ensure young people continue to engage with healthcare professionals and have positive experiences as they become more responsible for improving their health goals? This seminar will highlight the findings of a research study in which young people were interviewed to consider the factors that influenced positive and sometimes negative meetings with healthcare professionals. For young people with disabilities and additional needs it is important that both parents and professionals can support them to reach their health goals and have an improved quality of life.
Dr Jay Vickers
University of Worcester

Poo Problems

Bowel problems are common in children, but those with additional needs, including developmental disabilities (e.g. autism) and learning difficulties are even more susceptible. It can be difficult to unpick the cause of the problems, to know how to address them, or to find help. Families and professionals may assume that the bowel problems are an inevitable part of the disability, or children may be delayed in toilet training because of them. This seminar will look at common bowel problems, including constipation, soiling, refusing to poo on the toilet and smearing and make suggestions for addressing them.
Davina Richardson
Children’s Continence Advisor
RGN / RSCN BSc (Hons)
Bladder and Bowel UK – Disabled Living


Protecting the Family: A guide to Wills, Trusts and Power of Attorney

The seminar will provide details of the various Estate Planning options open to you through Wills, Trusts and Powers of Attorney. Providing guidance on how you can implement these tools to protect your family, your assets, potential inheritance and ensure that your affairs are looked after should you lose your mental or physical capacity.
James Beresford
National Practice Group Leader – Inheritance and Welfare
Slater and Gordon Lawyers

Finding the Missing Link in the Manual Handling Experience

Objective: To give the delegate the opportunity to explore the ways to improve the manual handling experience for the child or adult. Outcome: Delegates will be able to take away tips on improving their handling technique. Delegates will be given the opportunity to review their manual handling practice in order to improve the experience for all. The session will use discussion, presentation and some simple practical to achieve the objective.
Carole Johnson
Freelance Manual Handling Consultant


Oral Placement Therapy – An innovative approach to the management of speech, eating, drinking and saliva

We will explain the use of oral placement therapy in managing speech difficulties caused by diagnoses such as dyspraxia and dysarthria. We will explain the role of oral placement therapy for managing oral level feeding difficulties and saliva control. We will demonstrate activities from this approach to enable people to understand more about the use of oral placement therapy to develop and improve skills for speech, eating, drinking and saliva control. The session will give participants a basic knowledge about the suitable applications of oral placement therapy and how to find further information about this technique.
Helen Woodrow
Service Director – Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
Eg (Training) Ltd

Sleep issues and strategies to support

The objective of the seminar is to address sleep issues when a child has additional needs, why these may occur and what strategies can be helpful to improve sleep patterns. Participants attending will have an improved understanding of sleep patterns and why sleep issues may occur. They will also have an increased awareness of strategies to use to support a better night’s sleep.
Helen Rutherford
Sleep Practitioner
The Children’s Sleep Charity


Assisting families to fly—reducing the stress of air travel with disabled children and adults

Flying on commercial aircraft can be daunting for families with disabled children. Booking a flight, arriving at the airport, boarding and seating in the cabin pose real challenges to families. What makes this more stressful is the lack of information and opportunity to try and consider the equipment and environment ahead of a flight. Tryb4uFly aim is to support people in a very practical way so that they can book a flight knowing what to ask for, what can be expected from airports and airlines and decide for themselves how they will fly. In our experience, families are almost relieved to find the options available!
Graham Race
Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for disabled people

Appealing the content of an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

Laxmi will set out parents’/young person’s right to appeal the content of the (EHCP), how the process works and what parents can expect. The aim is to empower parents with sufficient knowledge to help them prepare for an appeal to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal.
• What can you appeal?
• Setting out the law and explaining parents’ rights.
• Explaining the appeal process including mediation and the ‘working document’.
• How to lodge a strong appeal.
• The Hearing – what to expect and how you can prepare.
Laxmi Patel
Senior Associate – Solicitor and Head of Education.
Boyes Turner LLP

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