I’m delighted to have Cristina Gangemi, disability consultant, as my guest blogger. Cristina holds a master’s degree in this field and is director of The Kairos Forum, which focuses on enabling communities to be places of belonging for people with a disability. She has extensive experience in Special Educational Needs (SEN), offering training across a range of settings including schools and Early Years as well as parental support. Cristina has undertaken innovative and creative research with the University of Aberdeen in collaboration with people with an intellectual disability. Her research ‘EveryBody Has a Story’ (2010) has produced approaches to SEN that involve and celebrate the whole person, body, mind and spirit. Cristina is a national adviser to the bishops of England and Wales and works closely with Vatican Councils. She has also worked closely with Baroness Sheila Hollins, both on her advisory board and the series ‘Books beyond words’. Her work is recognised and valued […]
I am extremely pleased that Baroness Hollins, has personally endorsed this bespoke research based Early Years SEND training.
“I am delighted to endorse this event. I’ve known Cristina and her work for many years, and value her passion for empowering people of all abilities. She is an excellent trainer, bringing a positive and motivating approach that inspires people to build communities where everyone can belong and everyone is valued.”
Sheila Baroness Hollins
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I look forward to working with you ALL again.
A colleague posed a question on a social media forum that I belong to as to whether other colleagues had heard of using sensory immersive approach within a coaching session. A number of colleagues asked him to clarify, he then showed a picture of a school’s ‘sensory room’.
My reply was to be cautious when using this approach, as some individuals may have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). As many of you know, my son is on the autistic spectrum and one of his conditions is SPD.
It made me think about children who are on the spectrum within Early Years settings who are displaying SPD, as educators may think it is due to something else.
In his own early years, my son would not step on leaves – a real challenge in autumn!
I recently spoke to a specialist in autism-related behaviour and explained how my son displayed hyperactive behaviour within his early and primary […]
On Twitter I follow Huffington Post Parents and I read a tweet with the introduction, ‘Parents of a 7yr old boy in a wheelchair were shocked when they saw his class picture…’ With such a headline I had to click to read the article in full. Please read the article to get the background information on this story.
Like most people reading this, I was shocked by this story and then reflected on a few points.
The mother said the image was discriminatory. The father’s view was that although it was upsetting and hurtful the photographer and/or school did not intentionally discriminate against their son.
The photograph was retaken and this time Miles was sat on the bench with his peers. An expert on disability found this to still show a lack of awareness of Miles, as the wheelchair is part of him. Miles’s father commented that when he is at home he is not […]