Welsh Government is hosting consultation events on the draft Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill The draft Bill proposes a new legal framework to replace the existing legislation surrounding special educational needs […]
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The Draft Bill setting out the Welsh Governments proposals for a new legislative system for supporting children and young people, aged 0-25, who have additional learning needs is still open for consultation. We would […]
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Stakeholder Engagement Events – Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) BillThe Welsh Government is hosting consultation events on the draft Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) BillThe draft Bill proposes a new legal framework to replace the existing legislation surrounding special educational needs and the assessment of children and young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities in post-16 education and training. Places are limited contact:029 2082 3777 or email SENReforms@wales.gsi.gov.uk to bookThe events will take place in:Venue Cymru, Llandudno24 November 2015, 9.00-13.00andCity Hall, Cardiff30 November 2015, 9.00-13.00The agenda is as follows:Presentation on the draft Bill and wider reform package;Workshops in relation to the consultation on the draft Bill;Q&A session, with a panel consisting of representatives for Welsh Government and the Association of Directors of Education WalesWorkshops:1. Definition of Additional Learning Needs and the 0-25 age range – Discussion on where the focus of the definition should be, age range and responsibility for post-16 provision2. Individual Development Plans and increased participation by children and young people – Discussion on responsibilities around IDPs, and how to place the learner at the heart of the process3. High aspirations and improved outcomes – Discussion on the role of Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinators and the educational placement of learners with ALN.4. Collaboration and multi-agency working – Discussion on expectations of multi-agency collaboration, and the role of health boards in delivering provision included in IDPs.13 4 31
OCD AwarenessOCD is an anxiety disorder characterized by unwanted and repetitive thoughts and actions (Obsessions) carried out by the individual in an attempt to rid themselves of the anxiety caused by those thoughts (Compulsions). This can be very distressing for the individual and interfere with their daily functioning and relationships.Hints on how to help:• Ensure you work with your consultants and schools to use the same methods and techniques for tackling the OCD symptoms.• Be aware of the pressures the young person is experiencing and possible effect on their performance. This can be from school or from peer pressure.• Use computers where possible – this reduces the need to obsess over handwriting.• Be aware of using numbers – some individuals with OCD find certain numbers to be ‘unlucky’ or ‘bad’.• Consider the implications of open-ended-tasks – individuals with OCD can become distressed at the prospect of not reaching decisions/results.• When dealing with changes provide clear and precise instructions to avoid anxiety about new things or changes in routine.• Accommodate frequent requests to visit the bathroom (hand washing opportunities)• Lists (step by step instructions) of daily activities or for tasks to be done may provide a level of comfort in completing them.• If they are confident in certain areas or show strengths in them, then encourage them and help them to focus on these areas.Please like and share, and lets get the word out there.0 0
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