The Hub: Theatre 2

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Learn practical strategies and approaches which can make a positive difference in the Hub Theatre 2.

Just some of the presentations you would have found here last year included: Positive behaviour support: improving quality of life, health and wellbeing; Dyscalculia number sense framework; Emotionally based school avoidance: solutions to help; Achieving sensory regulation through sensory circuits; Navigating the SEN maze: entitlement, provision and appeals; Practical ideas for parents helping their child to cope with anxiety in everyday life; Education, Health and Care Plans – what can be achieved with a good Plan and what’s on the horizon.

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. Please note that the programme below is last year’s and will be fully updated for 2024 by the end of March.

TimePresentation TitleSpeaker
9.50 - 10.10The right choice for Simon - a parent's perspective on supported livingSally and Peter Lawrence, Founders of The Simon Trust and parents of an autistic adult at Linden Farm
10.15 - 10.35Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA) and autismDavid Coulter, TCES Therapy and Clinical Lead, and Kirsten Roy, Head of TCES Online School
10.40 - 11.00Using Widgit Online to personalise the new and comprehensive Widgit Autism Support PackSue White, Senior Education Specialist at Widgit Software
11.05 - 11.25Positive behaviour support: improving quality of life, health and wellbeingAnna Selby-Wells, Marketing Manager at Home From Home Care
11.30 - 11.50Why my pants stop me going to school: an exploration of sensory acuity and the challenges this can present in the world of educationJulian Roberts, Proprietor of The View School
11.55 - 12.15Dyscalculia number sense frameworkKarim Esmail, Director of Dynamo Maths
12.20 - 12.40Emotionally based school avoidance: solutions to helpMatthew Wicks BCBA, Outreach Consultant, and Hannah Smith, Fast Responder and Outreach Consultant, at BeyondAutism
12.45 - 13.05Achieving sensory regulation through sensory circuitsCraig Drummond, Deputy Headteacher, and Priya Pillay, Lead Therapist at Heathermount School, part of the Cavendish Education Group
13.10 - 13.30The safespace: challenging behaviours, sensory processing and sleep disordersDeborah Farrington, Product Advisor at Safespaces
13.35 - 13.55I see me! Visual representation in SEN resourcesKerry Thalia, Founding Director of Discover Inclusion
14.00 - 14.20Connecting the dots: creating a digital future for adults with learning differencesTom German, Education Lead, and Peter Stratton, Enterprise Manager, at Fifth Trust Connect
14.25 - 14.45Thriving through care – the Liaise approachSteve Crawley, Commercial Director at Liaise, and Gabby Whitlock, Volunteer at Brendan 66 Inclusive Youth Club Football
14.50 - 15.10Medical comorbidities in children with profound autism and the changing research landscapeDr Ben Marlow, Consultant Paediatrician at Re:Cognition Health 
15.15 - 15.35The unidentified cohort on the autism spectrum - unlocking the geniusRia Richards, Deputy Headteacher of Silverways School, part of the Kedleston Group
15.40 - 16.00Neurodiversity as community: moving towards a peer-led model of  supportZareen Ali, CEO, and Felix de Grey, COO of Cogs
TimePresentation TitleSpeaker
10.20 - 10.40Using symbols to support communication and more: where do I start?Alice Langley, Training and Events Manager at Tobii Dynavox
10.45 - 11.05Importance of good relationships in a school environmentCormac McManigan, Deputy Principal of West Heath School
11.10 - 11.30"Outstanding" education: why early intervention makes all the differenceAlice Anstee, COO, and Lauren Landi, Head of Partnerships and Business Development, at First Bridge Centre
11.35 - 11.55Protecting vulnerable beneficiariesPhil Ogden, Estate Planning Consultant at Estate Planning Solutions
12.00 - 12.20Navigating the SEN maze: entitlement, provision and appealsRichard Nettleton, Solicitor at SEN Legal
12.25 - 12.45Practical ideas for parents helping their child to cope with anxiety in everyday lifeLesley Burton, Parent and Author at Hinton House Publishers
12.50 - 13.10Practical tips for supporting a Gestalt communicator using Grid AAC softwareKeira Fewtrell, Assistive Technology Trainer at Smartbox
13.15 - 13.35Education, Health and Care Plans – what can be achieved with a good Plan and what’s on the horizon Laxmi Patel, Solicitor and Head of Education at Boyes Turner Solicitors
13.40 - 14.00Supported living at Magic LifePawel Gawronski, Operations Manager, and Raff Baccus, Business Development Manager at Magic Life
14.05 - 14.25Co-production and delivering great outcomesSteve Daniels, Group Learning and Development Manager at ivolve Care and Support
14.30 - 14.50How to protect your family for the futureCharles Fraser, Senior Solicitor at Longmores Solicitors
14.55 - 15.15Language acquisition through motor planning – giving non-speaking, autistic individuals a means to express themselves with spontaneity and independence Mark Street, Commercial Director at Liberator
15.20 - 15.40Behaviour management and Practical Skills Therapeutic EducationOliver Cheney, Director of Colleges at Ruskin Mill Trust

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