The SENDcast is a weekly podcast focusing on Special Educational Needs, it is a new way to keep up to date with policy changes (UK based), best practice and to improve your knowledge around SEND.
Therapeutic Story Writing with Dr Trisha Waters
In this week’s podcast, Dale Pickles from B Squared is joined by Dr Trisha Waters. Trisha is an educational therapist who began her career supporting pupils with emotional and behavioural difficulties, after that she led the MA in SEN & Inclusion at the University of Chichester and is now the director of the Centre for Therapeutic Storywriting.
The use of story writing to develop both emotional resilience and improve writing skills can supports pupil wellbeing while also developing academic writing skills. It draws on psychological awareness of pupils' emotional and cognitive development and is a therapeutic teaching intervention developed to be safely implemented by education professionals.
Video: Introducing Therapeutic Storywriting Groups - https://www.therapeuticstorywriting.co.uk (video on home page)
‘Therapeutic Storywriting: A Practical Guide to Developing Emotional Literacy in Primary Schools’ by Trisha Waters - https://www.therapeuticstorywriting.co.uk/book
Therapeutic Storywriting Research Papers - https://www.therapeuticstorywriting.co.uk/research/research-tsw-groups
Facebook: Centre for Therapeutic Storywriting
Using Topic Based Songs with Al Start
In this week’s podcast, Dale Pickles from B Squared is joined by Al Start. Al is a singer-songwriter who specialises in music for children and schools through her company Go Kid Music. Al has worked with children through creative art organisations and local authority play services. Al has also has toured the UK and East Coast USA performing her music.
Songs get stuck in your head. We remember songs for years, we remember nursery rhymes from our childhood. They help in so many ways. It make sense to use songs and music more widely in school. The next step is to use topic-based songs for learning the vocabulary, key facts, retaining information and bringing a new dimension to cross curricular topic work.
By introducing music and singing into all areas of the curriculum and not just for music lessons, schools can enable a mixed ability class to learn collaboratively, creatively, and ‘level the playing field’ in terms of ability. This enables students who may struggle to learn in a conventional way to take part and feel confident in their learning.
Songbooks published by Collins Music:
“Sing! Play! Learn! with Go Kid Music” Topic songs for KS1 & KS2: Primary | Primary Music | Sing! Play! Learn! with Go Kid Music – Collins
Contact Al Start:
Website: Go Kid Music
The Importance of Learning Through Play with Georgina Durrant
In this week’s podcast, Dale Pickles from B Squared is joined by Georgina Durrant to discuss the importance of learning through play.
Learning through play is so important for all young children, but perhaps especially for children with Special Educational Needs. Play can help children practise and develop a whole range of skills from fine and gross motor skills to creativity, emotional regulation and working memory. It can also help relax overstimulated children and help form social connections.
Children have missed out on a lot due to the pandemic and while there’s a lot of pressure to ‘catch them up’ academically, we need to be very aware that children have also missed out on play - and play is hugely important for developing key skills for young children. In this episode, Dale and Georgina discuss the need to be empowering parents and teaching professionals, and that learning through play is vital for children and their emotional wellbeing as well as development of skills.
Georgina is a the founder of the award winning SEN Resources Blog, author of ‘100 Ways your child can learn through play’ and a tutor for children with SEND.
The SEN Resources Blog, www.senresourcesblog.com which shares fun play based learning activities, reviews of recommended resources for children with SEN and advice.
My tutoring website www.cheshiresentutor.com
Georgina's book: ‘100 Ways Your Child Can Learn Through Play (Fun activities for young children with SEN) Amazon https://amzn.to/3t9ddsR
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Empowering Students with SEND and Mental Health with Dr Susie Nyman
In this week’s podcast, Dale Pickles from B Squared is joined by Dr Susie Nyman to discuss empowering mental health for students with SEND.
Susie is the Curriculum Manager at The Sixth Form College, Farnborough. She is passionate about discovering how children learn and supporting them in ways which enable them to succeed. She has provided training to PGCE students at Kingston University, and in a number of local schools and colleges on teaching strategies. She also delivers talks on multi-sensory techniques around the world.
Follow The Empathy Road With Ginny Bootman
Joining Dale today is Ginny Bootman. Ginny is currently a SENCO of 2 Primary schools, but has been a teacher for a very long time (in her own words), a senior manager and headteacher. She has also found time to write articles for TES and speak at a number of events.
All too often the home school relationship can become strained for a number of reasons. This episode looks at the role empathy plays and the building of the spider’s web of trust to pave the way for a real team approach when supporting families who have children with additional needs. This has come about through discussion with parents to identify the barriers they feel are put in front of them often inadvertently by educational settings.
This is aimed at SENCOs, Head Teachers and parents. The approach discussed today can be used by anyone in any setting to begin to really empathise with those around us and put ourselves in others shoes.
Brene Brown - Her work on empathy - https://twentyonetoys.com/blogs/teaching-empathy/brene-brown-empathy-vs-sympathy
Jamil Zaki - The War for kindness , building empathy in a fractured world - https://www.amazon.co.uk/War-Kindness-Building-Empathy-Fractured/dp/0451499247
Dr Andrew Curran - The little Book of big stuff about the brain - His work helps educators understand that what they are doing has a scientific background.- https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Book-Stuff-about-Brain/dp/1845900855
Logos, Ethos, Pathos - The Rhetorical Triangle: How these can be used to understand the view of the parent during meetings - https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/RhetoricalTriangle.htm
Contact Ginny Bootman
Website – www.ginnybootman.com
Twitter – @sencogirl
Changing the Ds in ADHD with Fintan O'Regan
Dale's guest is Fintan O’Regan, Fintan is a trainer and consultant for schools and school support systems including, Social Services, Health, the Police and Foster carers. He has worked with a number of organisations including NASEN, Institute of Education, Leicester University, the UK ADHD Network and the European ADHD Alliance. And before this he was a headteacher of a specialist school for students with ADHD, ASD and ODD. Fintan is a regular here in our studios, he has recorded a number of episodes of the SENDcast, he is a regular speaker at our Virtual SEND Conferences and has recorded a training course for us around Exclusion.
ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and would therefore be seen by most people as being a challenge and not an opportunity. Indeed some years ago Dale heard a parent describe to another parent that ADD stood for Attention Devastation Disorder such was the impact on her life. Language is important and as a result we suggest reframing the term ADHD in a more positive and accurate way. In addition we discuss both the history and future of the term and outline a range of strategies and suggestions to support individuals with ADHD at school and at home.
O’Regan F (2018) Successfully Managing Children ADHD Second edition :Routledge Falmer Press
O’Regan F (2020) Supporting behaviour in the classroom: Sage publications limited https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Guide-Teachers-Supporting-Behaviour/dp/1529718554
Cave S and O’Regan (2021) Attention difficulties: How to help: Pavillion books group:
O’Regan F (2020) 100 top tips for Supporting Parents with Children with ADHD
O’Regan F (2018) Supporting children with ADHD: Learning Behaviour
The Defiant Child: Douglas Riley