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Workshops

Our popular annual information event is back!

This has always been a day long in-person event till last year when due to COVID we had to take it all online and spread it over multiple days. This year we are back to the online format and have quite a line-up  for you to choose from.

The Day 1 on Friday 4th February will see us open  the event with the Opening Address by the Mayor of Milton Keynes and hold various workshops that are all conducted online (via Microsoft Teams or Zoom) while the Day 2 on Saturday 5th February will kick-off with a Keynote Session followed by some repeat workshops from Day 1 (in case you missed any) and some additional workshops as well.

You can also visit various virtual information stands of our partners and sponsors. (Exhibitors list can be accessed here)

Day 1

Friday 4th February 2022

9:30 AM

Welcome! / Opening Address

Opening Ceremony by Councillor Mohammed Khan

 

The honourable Mayor of Milton Keynes

Duration: 30mins

This address will be broadcast on the YouTube platform.

10:00 AM

Positive Behaviour Support / Parent Carer Workshop

Parents are invited to join Specialist Teachers from MKC SEND Team to learn about Increasing family well-being through a positive behaviour support approach

This session is led by Christina White and Sally Ahmad, Specialist Teachers, SEND Team.

Duration: 1hr 15mins

This workshop will be delivered via Microsoft Teams platform.

10:00 AM

Post 16 Transition / Parent Carer Workshop

In this session we will talk about the transition to adult social care. Mandy from Children with Disabilities (CwD) will give an overview of the team and the role they play for all ages. She will talk through the role of an allocated social worker and what is the process of CwD to Adult services. She will be able to offer a conversation if you do not have an allocated worker where you can seek support.

Colin from Adult Social Care Team will be discussing the services available to young people with disabilities and their families as they transition into adult services. Participants will gain an overview of process and leave with an awareness of the various teams, routes of access and the services each deliver.

This session is led by Mandy Fell, Children with Disabilities, and Colin Griffiths, Adult Social Care Team ​​

Duration: 1hr 15mins

This workshop will be delivered via Microsoft Teams platform.

11:30 AM

Sleep / Parent Carer Workshop

Sleep problems are particularly common in children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and include communication and interaction; cognition and learning; social, emotional and mental health difficulties; sensory and/or physical needs.

 

Sleep problems tend to fall into one of three categories:

  • Difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep.

  • Sleeping too much.

  • Disturbed episodes that interfere with sleep.

 

The presentation on sleep will include information in the following areas:

  • Introduction

  • Why might your child struggle to sleep?

  • How can you help? – Tips and strategies to support your child with sleeping

  • Sources of support

 

This session is led by Vicky West, Specialist Nurse.

Duration: 1hr 15mins

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom platform.

1:00 PM

EBSA / Parent Carer Workshop

EBSA - Emotionally Based School Avoidance

My child* has difficulties attending school. What can parents and carers do?

School attendance difficulties can be distressing for both children and their parents/carers. In this workshop we are offering:

  • A space to reflect on the factors that contribute to difficulties with school attendance

  • Top tips for supporting your child with school attendance

  • Working with your child’s school

  • Looking after yourself in this situation

  • Other sources of helpful information

*school-aged children (aged 5 to 16 years).

This session is led by Anna Skinner and Esther Aslan, Educational Psychologists.

Duration: 1hr 15mins

This workshop will be delivered via Microsoft Teams platform.

1:00 PM

DCD / Parent Carer Workshop

DCD - Developmental Co-ordination Disorder

also known as Dyspraxia

This session will cover the diagnosis of Developmental co-ordination disorder and consider the impact across childhood and beyond of motor challenges. We will explore some of the current research relating to children with DCD and how parents can use what we know currently to support their children to develop new motor skills.

We will introduce some practical tips and tricks to support motor learning throughout childhood using case studies and examples. Topics discussed will include how to manage navigating by bump, organisation for school and what to do about school skills challenges- cutting /handwriting.

This session is led by Heidi Peers, Advanced Occupational Therapist with the children’s occupational therapy team at CNWL, Milton Keynes.

Duration: 1hr 15mins

This workshop will be delivered via Microsoft Teams platform.

Day 2

Saturday 5th February 2022

10:00 AM

You on a Good Day / Keynote Session

"You on a Good Day"

How to be the best version of yourself

 

When the world is doing its worst, it's doubly important that you know how to be at your best!
 

Keynote Speaker Jason Todd

from The Art of Brilliance (www.artofbrilliance.co.uk)

Duration: 1hr

This interactive workshop will be delivered via Zoom platform.

11:30 AM

Arthur Ellis Wellbeing Activity / Parent Carer Workshop

Authur Ellis Wellbeing Activity

The Arthur Ellis Well-being Activity is an introduction to structuring well-being throughout yours and your families’ lives. Using our Bananas & Doughnuts™ we will give you a simple, practical and adaptable methodology towards well-being.


What will we be talking about?

  • With all the different terms used, what actually is well-being?

  • Looking at well-being as a skill, not poor mental health as an illness

  • How is well-being driven practically in our lives and used to improve mental health?

  • How can we use these principles when structuring well-being for ourselves and our families?

  • The session lasts 45-50 minutes with Q&A at the end

This session is led by Jon Manning, Arthur Ellis.

Duration: 1hr 15mins

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom platform.

11:30 AM

Positive Behaviour Support / Parent Carer Workshop

Parents are invited to join Specialist Teachers from MKC SEND Team to learn about Increasing family well-being through a positive behaviour support approach

This session is led by Christina White and Sally Ahmad, Specialist Teachers, SEND Team.

Duration: 1hr 15mins

This workshop will be delivered via Microsoft Teams platform.

1:30 PM

EBSA / Parent Carer Workshop

EBSA - Emotionally Based School Avoidance

My child* has difficulties attending school. What can parents and carers do? School attendance difficulties can be distressing for both children and their parents/carers. In this workshop we are offering:

  • A space to reflect on the factors that contribute to difficulties with school attendance

  • Top tips for supporting your child with school attendance

  • Working with your child’s school

  • Looking after yourself in this situation

  • Other sources of helpful information

*school-aged children (aged 5 to 16 years).

This session is led by Anna Skinner and Esther Aslan, Educational Psychologists.

Duration: 1hr 15mins

This workshop will be delivered via Microsoft Teams platform.

1:30 PM

Post 16 Options / Parents, Carers & Young People (16+)

When young people leave secondary school their education is likely to change. For most the focus is on preparation for adult life. Learning could become more vocational, helping young people identify opportunities for potential employment in the future, and enabling them to develop the skills they will need to be successful. This workshop gives an overview of Post-16 education, employment and training opportunities for young people with SEND. We will focus on what is available in and around Milton Keynes, and what support might be available in a range of settings.

This session is jointly led by Sam Vernon, SENDIAS and Colin Middleton, Career Sparks team.

Duration: 1hr 15mins

This workshop will be delivered via Microsoft Teams platform.