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Precision Teaching – an introductory guide

Precision Teaching is an intervention approach aimed at improving a student’s fluency in a skill where automaticity is required. Teaching objectives are ALWAYS specific and teaching sessions are daily, brief and timed.

Questioning – what is the best strategy? Tell me!

Children with learning difficulties (LD) and autism often have the information you are asking them for, but don't understand the question or how it is being asked. This article will go through some top tips for educators and parents.

Autism and Puberty

This article will look at understanding puberty as a child with autism and what school and parents can do to help support them.

Sliding scales

Sliding scales are a great way to help children with Autism grasp a number of different behavioural, social and relationship issues.

Comic strip conversations

People with autism often see social situations differently from others and find it hard to read ‘social cues’. It is extremely important to teach both what to do and why we do it, in different social situations. ‘Comic strip conversations’ can be used to address these difficulties and aim to improve a person’s social understanding.

Become a listening champion – webinar

In this Webinar Sue Muir, one of our teachers of the deaf looked at the importance of schools having a 'hearing champion' a member of staff who can be an advocate for the needs of hearing-impaired pupils and who can make sure that their needs are understood and taken care of within the classroom.

Sensory Circuits/ Sensory Diets

Sensory circuits can be a great way to help children with autism manage their anxieties and can encourage self-regulation. Sensory [...]

Supporting Pupil Transition

Children and young people with special educational needs can find transitioning from class to class or school to school particularly difficult. In this webinar we present some techniques and resources that can smooth the path, for both students and teachers.

Lego Therapy

Lego therapy, or Lego club, as many schools call it, can be helpful for children with ASC and social communication – its develops turn taking skills, collaborative skills, joint attention, negotiation and how to ask for and accept help and clarification.

Transition in the Early Years

Transition can be a particularly difficult time for young children with SEND; different classrooms, new staff and changing routines can all be really challenging concepts. Find out what you can do to support smooth transitions in the early years of education.

Exam Concessions GCSE/GCE

If students with a visual impairment are approaching their exams, the following may be helpful based on a recent RNIB [...]

VI healthcare professionals: Who does what.

GPs, Ophthamologists, Orthoptists, Optometrists, Paediatricians, Dispensing Opticians. Each may have a role to play in a young person's eye care. Here's your guide to who does what.

Eye conditions

The sheer number of eye conditions out there can be bewildering. If you have a child who has received a diagnosis and you're trying to find out more information about their condition, these fact-sheets may help.

An introduction to canes

You do not have to be severely sight impaired to benefit from the use of a cane. There are different types of canes available that can help you become a more safe, confident and independent traveller. Here's a guide to some commonly available canes.

All about environmental audits

Environmental audits provide information and practical advice to make the school environment less confusing and more accessible to students, staff and visitors who have a visual impairment.

An introduction to visual cues

Visual supports are aids such as objects of reference, photographs, symbols, signing and text which can be used with pupils with SEND to support spoken language.

Using a visual timetable

A visual timetable denotes the sequence of activities for the group or individual. Timetables a good way of helping to create structure and routine for children with SEND.

Using the work basket system

A work basket is a tool which provides a visual work structure for the student and develops organisational and independence skills.

Hand-under-hand exploration

If a child has a visual or a multi-sensory impairment, their hands are the means by which they obtain information. Often the people working with these children need to bring the world to them in the form of objects.

Using “choosing boards”

A choosing board helps visually present options to a pupil, add structure to activities that can be confusing and can be used to break down a time table and help the pupil to access classroom activities. There are 2 ways these can be used – either free-flow or with a box of activities.