Family Action's Warwickshire SENDIAS Service is running its one-day Better Together! Conference in Rugby on Saturday, 13 May. Download our flyer.
The conference is for parents, carers and professionals who would like to find out more about supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Warwickshire.
The event will offer the opportunity to:
hear from guest speakers including
– British Paralympic Swimmer, Fran Williamson
– Pate Tate, Head of Service, Vulnerable Learners, Warwickshire County Council
– David Holmes CBE, Family Action’s Chief Executive
take part in a range of interactive workshops
get practical ideas for supporting a child with SEND
browse an exhibition of resources and support organisations
network with other parents, carers and professionals.
Ashlawn Road, Hillmorton
Rugby CV22 5ET
Saturday, 13 May 2017
Arrival and registration: 9.30am - 10am
Conference: 10am - 4pm
£10 (incl VAT) for parents and carers
£30 (incl VAT) for professionals
Prices include lunch and light refreshments throughout the day.
Please book early as places are limited! If for any reason you cannot book online, please contact the Warwickshire SENDIAS team. Please also contact Warwickshire SENDIAS to discuss any dietary/ accessibility requirements and if you wish an invoice to be raised.
The following six workshops will take place twice during the conference, initially in the morning and then repeated in the afternoon. When you purchase your tickets, you will be asked to select a morning and an afternoon workshop.
1. Who’s Looking After You? Wellbeing and Self Care for Parents and Carers, Nicky Probert, Family Action: This workshop will give parents/carers the opportunity to reflect on their own wellbeing, recognise signs of increasing stress, develop strategies to build their own resilience, and gain confidence to ask for and receive help when they need it.
2. Meeting Your Child’s Sensory Needs, Ann Huc, Links Therapy Company: This workshop offers an introduction to sensory processing and how it affects all areas of life. Delegates will gain an understanding of how to spot when their child is having difficulties coping with their sensory world, and learn some practical strategies for developing a sensory rich environment and for helping their child feel better about their world.
3. ADHD Awareness for Parents, Jo Wagstaff, ADHD Solutions: This workshop looks at how ADHD affects children and young people, and offers ideas to help with the challenges children, young people and families face.
4. ASD and Family Relationships, Sam Ramsey, Curly Hair Project: A child’s autism affects every member of the family in different ways. This workshop will provide insights and, most importantly, strategies focusing on: parental expectations of the autistic child/young person; worrying about siblings; puberty and increasing levels of anxiety; coping with meltdowns; decision making; ‘stepping back’ as the parent.
5. Getting Your Voice Heard, Aimee Mann, Entrust Care Partnership: This workshop is for parents and carers who find it a challenge to attend meetings with professionals, especially in medical, educational and social services settings. We will: look at tools/techniques to get you focused and into the most resourceful state of mind to help achieve the best possible outcome; and share a process of how to plan well-formed, realistic outcomes/goals.
6. Mental Health Awareness, Kanu Patel, Family Action: In this workshop parents/carers will: gain an understanding of the stigma related to mental ill health and some of the common mental health issues affecting young people; and explore ways in which young people use positive/negative strategies to cope with their situation.