Training and Workshops for Parents, Carers and Professionals

As  well as individuals and practical support, Special Help 4 Special Needs provides a range of training workshops and study days for parents and professionals to attend. These can be organised in the home setting with a number of parents or in schools and care homes. 

WORKSHOPS PRESENTLY AVAILABLE

 

Please Note:

Workshop Venue is the Resource Centre at Whyteleafe. 

All the workshops start at 10am but coffee and registration is from 9.30am, and finish at 2pm

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

 

 

The 12 Anxieties of Christmas and how to handle them - 29th November 2018

As hinted within the "12 Days of Christmas" the festive season is supposed to be a time of fun, joy, families and surprises. Many will over indulge following the initial rush of Christmas spirit in the morning and then vegetate in front of the television watching James Bond. However, such a scenario is not conducive for children with certain additional needs, such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder. The chaos that ensues from changes in routine added to the growing anticipation can be a recipe for stress and behaviour problems for all involved. So what can be done to reduce some of these difficulties?

The aim of this workshop is to provide a new version of the 12 Days which will explore some of the many difficulties involved in the festive season.  The workshop will explore the issues and provide some coping strategies to help all involved deal with what is supposed to be the happy time of the year.

Eventbrite page - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-12-anxieties-of-christmas-and-how-to-handle-them-tickets-51629319685 

 

 

 

Obsessions and Anxiety - 18th January 2019

Imagine trying to make sense of the world around you. The general hustle and bustle of everyday life, along with the sensory overload that can occur and the ever changing social rules that we are faced with all add to the confusion. Then throw into the mix additional needs such as autism or commuication needs, it is no surprise that anxiety levels in an individual, especially those with additional needs, frequently reach an all time high. Often this can feeel something like a firework waiting for the blue touch paper to be lit In an attempt to gain some sort of control over the situation, many individuals will resort to the world of obsessions.

This aim of this workshop 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 workshop and learn how to reduce the firework explosion

Eventbrite page - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/obsession-and-anxiety-workshop-tickets-51080265449

 

 

"Special Needs & Puberty-Ready or Not, Here It Comes" - 1st February 2019

This workshop aims to explore the issues faced by children/teenagers with special needs and the people around them when the child/teenager is going through puberty. This includes:

  • Identifying some of the characteristics of puberty that have a massive impact upon children/teenagers with special needs. 
  • Provide some understanding in relation to anger management as a teenagers.
  • Look at practical approaches towards inappropriate sexualised behaviour.

"A very direct session not covering things up or shunning issues. I will certainly now spend more time discussing growing up with my son."

 

Eventbrite page - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/puberty-and-special-needs-ready-or-not-here-it-comes-tickets-51079421926

 

 

Managing Behaviour By understanding The Individual 15th February 1019

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 dramatcially improve the situation.


This workshop will explore the issues involved when someon displays behaviours that challenge, including areas of anxiety and communication, and consider potential strategies to support all involved.

 

Eventbrite page - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/managing-behaviour-by-understanding-the-individual-tickets-51616244577

 

 

The Online World - Keeping your child/teenager safe  - 15th March 2019

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.

 

Eventbrite page - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-online-world-keeping-your-childteenager-safe-tickets-51616093124

 

 

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 Help 4 Special Needs also provide courses for parents, professionals and individuals with additional needs.  Presently, we have planned the following

 

 

 

 KEEPING SAFE COURSE FOR YOUNG ADULTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS - 5 WEEK COURSE DATES

PLEASE NOTE THE DATES FOR THE COURSE ARE: 12TH, 26TH JANUARY, 2ND, 9TH FEBRUARY AND 15TH MARCH. EACH SESSION IS 11am-1pm. PARTICIPANTS NEED TO ATTEND ALL SESSIONS AS THEY ARE LINKED TOGETHER.

 

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
These sessions will explore all aspects of relationships including:
• different types of relationships that it is possible to have e.g. family, romantic, professional, etc.
• what type of behaviours are acceptable in different relationships, including sexual relationships.

• good ways of getting to know someone and how to go about developing and maintaining friendships and relationships.

Consent and Legal Issues
These sessions will centre upon the legal issues associated with socio-sexual side of growing up, including:
• Consent including what consent means; legal age of consent, verbal and nonverbal consent
 

Public/Private
These sessions will look at this topic from the point of view of a person's body as well as the environment.

Online and Technology Issues
This will continue the exploration within the previous section as well as the legal issues. The session will utilise "story telling" to explore issues such as the law, coercion and grooming.

Summary
This final session will enable participants to discuss and clarify any issues that have been discussed as well as any topics that may have arisen during the course.

Eventbrite page - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keeping-safe-course-for-teenagers-with-additional-needs-5-week-course-tickets-52219174958


 

DADS AND MALE CARERS AUTISM AWARENESS COURSE - 5 WEEK COURSE 

 

PLEASE NOTE THE DATES FOR THE COURSE ARE: 13TH, 20TH  FEBRUARY, 6TH, 13TH MARCH AND 3RD APRIL. EACH SESSION IS 6.30pm-8.30pm. 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.

Session 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:

Session 1
• What is Autism? Including
o Theory of Mind/mindfulness
o The logical side of autism
o Issues relating to literal understanding


Session 2
• Impact of autism on the individual
o Obsessions
o Behaviours
o Ways to support the individual

Session 3
• Impact of autism upon others
o Parents including emotional attachments and "bereavement"
o Siblings
o Extended family


Session 4
• Support that can be given
o Being able to support whilst keeping everyone safe
o Trying to reduce firefighting and increase consistency
o Changes in life that occur including puberty

Session 5
This session is more about looking at individual issues amongst the participants as well as providing time to cover any topics that may arise during the course.

Eventbrite page - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dads-and-male-carers-autism-awareness-course-tickets-51648646492

 

 

 

“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.

Dates for Training: 7th & 8th March 10am-4pm (Registration 9.30am)

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 refreshments and handouts. Please note there are limited spaces.

 

Eventbrite page - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/implementing-sexuality-relationship-education-for-pupils-with-ld-and-asd-tickets-52603740203