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Kidz to Adultz North – Free CPD Seminars

Boost your CPD portfolio and gain credits by attending one or more of the FREE seminars taking place alongside the exhibition.

Our seminar programme covers a wide range of issues and topics of interests to families and carers of children with disabilities and additional needs, and the professionals who work with them. The expert speakers will also be on hand throughout the day to answer any questions you may have. Entry is FREE on a first come, first served basis. For professionals, certificates of attendance will be available on the day.

Children welcome.



Bathing and sleeping – joining the dots

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.

adam stood next to bath on exhibition stand

Adam Ferry
Occupational Therapist

The OT Service
Stand C3

Communicating without speech: an introduction to alternative communication

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.

Kidz to Adultz North Seminar speaker Olly Robinson - Seashell Trust

Olly Robinson
Speech and Language Therapist
Seashell Trust
Stand V18


Manual handling in the home: challenges and choices

The seminar is aimed at those working with families in their own homes, where ideal manual handling may be difficult to achieve.
Delegates will:
• 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

Elizabeth Hallows
Chartered Physiotherapist and Manual Handling Advisor

Promoting physical activity for social engagement and health

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.
Learning objectives:
• 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

Lori Potts Kidz to Adultz North seminar speaker

Lori Potts
PT Physical Therapist

Stand C1


How to manage the transition from child to adult with a neuromuscular condition

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.

Learning outcomes:
• 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

Josh Wintersgill - AbleMove - Kidz to Adultz North speaker

Josh Wintersgill
Founder and Director
Stand E7a

Toilet training children with autism and other developmental disabilities

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.

Davina Richardson BBUK

Davina Richardson
Specialist Children’s Nurse
Bladder & Bowel UK
Disabled Living
Stand DL1


Education, health and care plans – what EHCPs are, the EHCP process and how to appeal if you’re not happy with an EHCP

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.

Kidz to Adultz Middle 2019 Seminar speaker Gibby Rachel

Rachel Gibby
CL Medilaw

Stand A13

Autism; social communication and why early intervention is important

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
Learning outcomes:
• 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

thumbnail photo of alison at her desk

Alison Butterworth
Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioner, Community Paediatric Service
Pennine Care Foundation Trust


(Changed from previously advertised)
The hitch-hikers guide to reasonable force

Humans holding other humans has always been a contentious and somewhat taboo subject. Doug Melia will take you all on an interstellar journey through the legal, medical and operational framework for managing the behaviours that challenge.
Visiting human rights principles for the elderly, for small children and with a flyby of considerations that need to be made for SEN, Learning difficulty or for those who have disabilities. The UK is a country that isn’t short on guidance and Doug will explain how within the hierarchy of law to safely risk assess physical interventions, which equipment can aid with personal care and how we should be reporting and recording incidents where interventions have taken place.

Doug Melia - Safer Handling Seminar speaker

Doug Melia
Use of force specialist
Safer Handling

Evidence based approach to sleep issues

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 - Children Sleep Charity     Carol Batchelor - Children Sleep Charity

Claire Earley and Carol Batchelor
Sleep Practitioners
The Children’s Sleep Charity

Stand V14

We are listening! – do you have any suggestions for topics that would help you with your professional development or as a parent/carer?
Then do let us know.
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