The Hub: Theatre 2

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Learn new strategies and approaches for the home and classroom in The Hub: Theatre 2.

This year’s programme includes presentations on subjects such as everything you wanted to know about SENDIST but were too afraid to ask; preventing and managing distressed behaviour at school; implementing preventative support to ensure a well-managed transition to adulthood; early identification of additional needs; Widgit Online – making resources for the classroom; and navigating the SEN Maze – your legal entitlements answered.

The Hub: Theatre 2 has a seating capacity of 80 and sound is relayed to the audience through wireless headsets to reduce noise levels in the hall.

Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, so please arrive as early as possible before the session you wish to attend to save disappointment.

TimeTitleSpeaker
10.20 – 10.40Untangling life with every step: an app designed with autism-friendly features Jane Stroud, CEO, Acognia
10.45 – 11.05Widgit Online - making resources for the classroom Sue White, Education Manager at Widgit Software
11.10 – 11.30Doing with, not for; enabling autistic people to succeed Emma Houldcroft, Specialist Outreach Consultant at Seashell Trust
11.35 – 11.55Early identification of additional needs Sharon Davies, SEND Early Years Teacher, and Kate Gillespie, SEND Early Years Practitioner at SENDTAC in partnership with TTS
12.00 – 12.20Supporting learners struggling to make age appropriate progress using Dynamo Maths. A transformative approach!Karima Esmail, Curriculum Director and Independent Consultant at Jelly James Publishing
12.25 – 12.45The new AET Progression Framework Sarah Broadhurst, Director at Autism Education Trust, and Suzanne Farrell, Education Consultant at Autism Associates
12.50 – 13.10Improving communication and engagement through an app James Dickson, CEO of Piota Apps
13.15 – 13.35Assistive technology to support autism: a parents perspective Lydia Little, Parent & Regional Sales Manager for Abilia UK
13.40 – 14.00Apple crumble: a therapeutic group for children with complex needs. Collaborative working across therapy and education Jennifer Heath, Occupational Therapist and Lead Organisational Practitioner for Health and Therapy, and Emma Brassington Owens, Lead Speech and Language Therapist at Underley Garden School
14.05 – 14.25Supporting emotional regulation with children and adolescents Natalie Mills, Occupational Therapist and Kate Ratcliffe, Speech and Language Therapist, at Alderwasley Hall School
14.30 – 14.50Challenging behaviours, sensory processing and sleep disorders; mutual improvement with Safespaces Sharon Baillie, Product Advisor for Safespaces
14.55 – 15.15Virtual reality within special education Glen Harrington, Head of Regional Sales at Inclusive Technology
15.20 – 15.40Self-injurious behaviour - reasons and solutions Kate Strutt, Director and Clinical Psychologist at Redstone PBS
15.45 – 16.05Using filmmaking as a tool for engaging with SEN learnersNuvvy Sibia, Buddy Up Project Coordinator at Warrington Youth Club
16.10 – 16.30Practical Skills Therapeutic EducationCaroline Bell, Principal at Brantwood Specialist School, part of Ruskin Mill Trust
16.35 – 16.55Positive parent, positive professional: getting the best out of health and education meetings Debby Elley, Author and Co-Editor of AuKids magazine
TimeTitleSpeaker
10.20 - 10.40Employability, PHSE and transition support to ensure a bright futureAngie Parratt, Employability and Work Based Learning Coordinator, and Jo Hall, Student Support Coordinator at David Lewis
10.45 – 11.05Everything you wanted to know about SENDIST but were too afraid to askIain Sim, Carpe Diem
11.10 – 11.30Emotional well-being in vulnerable pupils with special educational needs (SEN) Ann Bradbury, Headteacher, and Kate Adams, Independent School Nurse at St John’s Catholic School for the Deaf
11.35 – 11.55Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) and using live data to enhance quality of lifeAnna Selby-Wells, Marketing Manager at Home From Home Care
12.00 – 12.20Navigating the SEN Maze – your legal entitlements answeredNicole Lee, Solicitor at SEN Legal
12.25 – 12.45Practical ways to tackle sensory challenges Steven Michaëlis, CEO SAS Centre
12.50 – 13.10Implementing preventative support to ensure a well-managed transition to adulthoodRachel Babbidge, Transition Support Service at National Autistic Society
13.15 - 13.35School inclusion and reintegrationRachelle Russell, Director of Education at MacIntyre
13.40 – 14.00Preventing and managing distressed behaviour at schoolCarla Manini Rowden, Education Rights Manager at National Autistic Society
14.05 – 14.25Estate planning for parents of children with autism Paul Dodsworth, Managing Director at Estate Planning Solutions
14.30 – 14.50Autism and fostering Afshan Ahmad, Director at Rainbow Fostering Services
14.55 – 15.15Autism and restricted eatingEmma Griffiths, Autism Consultant at North West Autism and SEND Consultancy 
15.20 - 15.40Employability, PHSE and transition support to ensure a bright futureAngie Parratt, Employability and Work Based Learning Coordinator, and Jo Hall, Student Support Coordinator at David Lewis

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