Training and Workshops for Parents, Carers and Professionals

As well as individual and practical support, Special Help 4 Special Needs provides a range of training workshops, study days and courses for parents and professionals to attend. These occur within the Resource Centre or as online Webinars. Alternatively, training can be organised in the home setting with a number of parents/carers/family members or in schools, care settings and offices. 

Talking about Anxiety and Obsessions to Parents/Carers and Professionals at A2ndVoice/Cassandra Learing Centre

WORKSHOPS PRESENTLY AVAILABLE

 PLEASE NOTE DURING THE COVID-19 EPIDEMIC ALL TRAINING WILL BE ONLINE

To book please use the Eventbrite links for each workshop or contact us directly 

RECENT WEBINAR TRAINING – EACH WEBINAR HAS BEEN REPEATED A NUMBER OF TIMES AND ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE TO WATCH.

THE COST FOR AN INDIVIDUAL IS £10 PER WEBINAR. TO ACCESS THE RECORDING FOR ONE MONTH PLEASE CLICK ON THE RELEVANT LINK

 Obsessions and Anxiety 

This aim of this webinar is not to get rid of obsession, but to provide insight into their reasons and how to gain some sort of balance. In so doing Mark will explore some of the issues relating to having additional needs and anxiety, including the display of obsessive behaviour, how it can impact upon everyone involved and how to develop support and interventions as a way to reduce the consequences of being anxious. So come along to this practical and down to earth webinar and learn how to reduce the firework explosion

Managing Behaviour By understanding The Individual 

Supporting an individual who has felt the need to resort to behaviours; whether violent or not, can be a challenge for all involved. Often the way forward is seen as changing or getting rid of the undesirable behaviour. However, if we take a different view and see behaviour as a form of communication then rather than getting rid of it, we can spend time trying to understand it and provide more appropriate communication methods. Whether the person is anxious and needs to control their environment or is in meltdown, possessing a greater understanding for all involved can dramatically improve the situation. This workshop will explore the issues involved when someone displays behaviours that challenge, including areas of anxiety and communication, and consider potential strategies to support all involved.

 “Just a Few More Minutes Please” Sleep Problems in neurodiverse people 6th July 2020

Mark will explore the difficulties associated with sleep and children with special needs, as well as some neuro-typical children, and provide some general ideas and approaches towards getting better sleep.

Eventbrite page – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/just-a-few-more-minutes-please-sleep-problems-in-neurodiverse-people-tickets-104366099814

Puberty and Neurodiversity – Ready Or Not Here It Comes Webinar  8th July

Exploring the issues faced by children and teenagers with a learning disability and/or autism, when they are going through puberty, and the impact this can have on their family and wider circle. Topics covered will include:-

•Identifying the characteristics of puberty that can have a significant effect on young people

•Providing an understanding of anger management related to puberty

•Practical approaches which can be taken to address inappropriate sexualised behaviours

•How it’s never too early to start planning for puberty

Eventbrite page – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/puberty-and-neurodiversity-ready-or-not-here-it-comes-webinar-tickets-104362523116

TOILET TRAINING – BEATING THE TOILET MONSTER 

Toilet training a child with additional needs such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can often be more complicated than training a typically developing child. Various issues can impact upon the process, including sensory, anxiety and communication. This workshop will cover how to make the toileting process fun and more manageable for both parents and the individual regardless of age.

The Online World – Keeping your child/teenager safe 

Many children, young people and adults with additional needs can spend many hours of their day online. Whether this is using chat rooms, online gaming, social media or through sites of interest, the dangers the individual faces can be massive and widespread. However, often the online world can be a person’s only real social outlet. So how can parents, carers and professionals enable the individual to utilise such a useful tool such as the internet whilst keeping safe?  Within this workshop, Mark will explore the internet and some of the many hazards. Mark will also explore potential tips and ideas on what everyone can do to minimise the risk to an individual with additional needs whilst enabling them to stay safe online.

Other Workshops and Training that can be provided:

  • “Autism-Working with it, not against it”
  • “Becoming and adult-Transition in Special Needs”
  • Toilet Training-Beating the toilet monster”
  • “Becoming your own Supernanny-Dealing with behaviour”
  • “Just a few more minutes-Getting more sleep.
  • “Special Needs and Puberty – Ready Or Not Here It Comes”
  • “Anxiety & Obsessions”

COURSES PROVIDED:

DADS AND MALE CARERS AUTISM AWARENESS COURSE – 5 WEEK COURSE 

PARTICIPANTS NEED TO ATTEND ALL SESSIONS AS THEY ARE LINKED TOGETHER.

Often workshops relating to individuals with autism are held at times when dads and male carers are unable to make, or they feel outnumbered by the amount of female participants which can result in them feeling unable to express their own feelings about their situation. As a result of feedback from families, Mark put together a five session course for dads to explore a range of issues in a safe environment where they could also express their feelings about what was happening.

Aim of the workshop
To provide information relating to the impact of ASD/Asperger’s Syndrome in order to develop greater understanding about support and approaches needed, as well as provide a forum to discuss their own situations safely and without judgement.

Course Structure
The training involves five sessions, each with set areas to discuss and explore. The sessions incorporate various methods, including talks and some practical based activities in order to provide some links with the wider world. The topics covered are as follows:

  • What is Autism?
  • Impact of autism on the individual
  • Impact of autism upon others
  • Support that can be given
  • Individualised Issues

“I wish I had learnt to keep myself safe”Implementing Sexuality and Relationship Education for Pupils with Learning Disabilities and Autism

A 2-day course for teaching staff, health and other relevant professionals focussing upon effective implementation of SRE programmes.

Implementing effective SRE that goes beyond biological and looks at the socio sexual aspects of life can be a minefield of issues. This 2-day course is based upon extensive research into the needs of pupils with additional needs, and the development of an SRE programme covering some of the more difficult areas.

Course Content Includes:

  • Factors affecting the sexual development of individuals with additional needs, including capacity to consent,
  • Supporting an individual’s understanding and ability to develop relationships,
  • Exploring “Risky” areas and behaviours, including legislation and Criminal Justice System,
  • Supporting good sexual health in individuals with additional needs,
  • How to develop and implement an effective SRE programme for individuals with additional needs.

Cost

£100 for course, includes handouts. Please note there are limited spaces.

Keeping Safe Course for teenagers with additional needs – 5 week course 

DATES TO BE CONFIRMED 

The social world, whether face to face or online, can be a marvellous experience, but without the right understanding and knowledge it can also be a minefield for individuals to work through. Often the finer aspects of the social world are not fully or appropriately explored with individuals who have additional needs and so they are placed in a vulnerable position. The aim of this 5 week course is to explore some of the pitfalls involved in friendships and relationships, both face to face and online. This course will explore many of the issues involved in this area of life using visual methods as well as providing a safe and comfortable environment for participants to talk about issues they may have.

The course will look at:

Relationships 
Consent and Legal Issues

Public/Private   
Online and Technology Issues    
Summary