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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. Boost your CPD portfolio and gain credits by attending one or more of the FREE seminars taking place alongside the exhibition. For professionals, certificates of attendance will be available on the day.
The speakers will also be on hand throughout the day to answer any questions. Entry is FREE on a first come, first served basis.
This seminar focuses on the link between bathing and good sleep and how a good night-time routine can improve sleep for children, their family and carers. It will incorporate both professional and personal experiences and finally it will reflect on bathing as an occupation to support clinical reasoning and evidence based practice.
• Develop understanding of sleep and bathing as occupations
• Explore research that links bathing and sleep patterns
• Discuss implications of bathing research for our clients
• Reflect on impact for carers of children with disturbed sleep patterns or challenging behaviours
• Greater understanding of supportive legislation.
Kate Sheehan DipCOT
The OT Service
Do you support a child or young person who finds speaking difficult? This seminar will explain how we can help those without speech to communicate effectively.
Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) can be used instead of or add to speech. It includes pictures, symbols, signs or more complex techniques involving technology.
The session will be led by Olly Robinson, Speech and Language Therapist at Seashell Trust. Olly will draw out key lessons from his experience of using AAC at a school for children with complex needs. He will introduce different types of AAC and explore strategies for implementing them.
Speech and Language Therapist
The seminar is aimed at those working with families in their own homes, where ideal manual handling may be difficult to achieve.
• Examine the challenges that we often face, such as our responsibilities when families choose not to accept our advice and recommendations
• Review the support available through publications from the RCOT and CSP
• Consider typical environmental and practical challenges, such as working on a double bed
• Identify possible practical solutions to these challenges
Chartered Physiotherapist and Manual Handling Advisor
Children and adults with significant physical disabilities are often relegated to the side-lines of life, with passive positioning that results in worsening of deformity and general health. The field of therapy widely recognizes that opportunities for physical activity can bolster health and well-being. This session will provide current knowledge to support effective parent and therapist decision-making.
• Explore research concerning detrimental effects of immobility for individuals with neurological impairment
• Recognise benefits of upright positioning and mobility for function and participation in a variety of day-to-day environments
• Discuss solutions to enable opportunities for physical activity in home, school and community
PT Physical Therapist
This seminar is aimed towards individuals living with a neuromuscular condition, parents of children with the condition or OT’s and physios who are supporting individuals with neuromuscular conditions. Getting them to think and reflect on what is needed in order to make the transition to adulthood with a neuromuscular condition possible, but most importantly, fun, hard work and reward!
It will help to understand why attitude, determination and commitment is so fundamental to transitioning from a child to an adult with a neuromuscular condition and what can be achieved if done correctly.
• The need for positive mental attitude and how to stay positive
• Accepting the condition, and being determined on how to influence your future
• Staying committed to yourself and the support network around you
Founder and Director
Toilet training is an area of child development that most parents find stressful, with much conflicting information. However, it is important for all children’s independence, self-esteem and socialisation and quality of life.
With the appropriate support many children with additional needs can toilet train at the same age as their typically developing peers.
This seminar will discuss the importance of toilet training, when to start and will make suggestions on programmes that support children with developmental disabilities, including autism.
The seminar will be suitable for parents and carers of children with additional needs as well as for the healthcare, social care or education professionals who support them.
The seminar will deal with what EHCPs are, the EHCP process and how to appeal if you’re not happy with an EHCP.
The presentation will cover:
• The purpose and content/structure of an EHCP (including a summary of the different sections)
• The process for obtaining an EHCP:
o Timeframes and deadlines
o Requesting an EHC needs assessment
o The process of the assessment
o The draft EHCP
o Finalising the EHCP
• Maintenance of the EHCP and the review/re-assessment process
• A summary of grounds for appeal and the appeal process.
The objectives of this seminar are:
• To present an overview on social communication disorder and autism
• To explore the current national and local drivers.
• To understand the difficulty in diagnosing autism.
• To explore sensory processing disorder and its impact (whistle stop tour!),
• To identify early interventions
• To gain an awareness of autism and social communication difficulties
• Understand the need for a sensory approach
• Recognising the importance of early intervention especially in the foundational years
• The seminar will focus on what is autism, national drivers – what is happening nationally to assist CYP with ASD, explanation, presentations of ASD, sensory modulation, early intervention
Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioner, Community Paediatric Service
Pennine Care Foundation Trust
Behaviour that challenges is not a diagnosis; the challenge is often to the service, family members and staff (NICE, 2015), these behaviours can cause significant harm or disruption, and can result in someone being excluded from everyday activities. All behaviour happens for a reason, and understanding the causes is vital (Addison, 2014), this can often be a long process of elimination. There is a higher prevalence in specific groups, such as people with learning disabilities, autism and dementia and is dependent upon a multitude of factors.
The practical plenary will explore the use of different strategies when supporting adults and children, enabling delegates to plan and execute a dignified person-centred approach, to reducing behaviour, during moving and handling tasks.
MSc Health Practice, Dip COT RCOT, FHEA,
Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
University of Salford
This seminar will look at the details of the latest research projects around ADHD and ASD, including the interventions and outcomes, that The Children’s Sleep Charity have been involved in.
Claire and Carol have 19 years combined experience as trained Sleep Practitioners and have been working with the charity since its conception in 2012. They are both parents of young men with complex health needs and significant disabilities and were both once sleep deprived parents. They run the commissioned sleep services in Doncaster and Bassetlaw as well as delivering nationwide training with the team at the charity.
Claire Earley and Carol Batchelor
The Children’s Sleep Charity
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