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Dear jweb friend,

Q: What do you call a snowman party?

A: A Snowball.

Sitting at my warm desk, there are two thoughts on my mind this week that I'd like to share with you. Like most (Jewish) parents, today has been all about Chanukah preparations being hindered by the dreadful weather outside. Have you left it as late as me this year?

First things first. Did you know that the flu vaccination is available to children with long-term health conditions and many who have a learning disability? Check out this advice from www.contact.org.uk. Do also have a look at our guide on how to keep children and adults with special needs warm in the winter and this useful easy read guide to staying well this winter.

There's a classic Chanukah gift with amazing benefits, that you've probably already bought... we have been very excited to read about Lego-based therapy for children with autism. There have been some workshops recently, most notably at Norwood last summer, and this piece of research makes for interesting reading.

It's not too late to grab tickets for a relaxed performance of a panto for January... do have a look at our listings if you are thinking of booking one for the school holidays. If you would rather book something interesting for yourself, we have found a number of conferences for parents, carers and professionals for early 2018. If you know about an event happening where you live that you would like to share, please do get in touch with me at anna@jweb.org.uk.

With all good wishes for a light-filled Chanukah,

Anna and the jweb team

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If you had a car accident what would you do?

How would the emergency services know that a passenger in your vehicle has special needs?

Jweb has produced a self-cling car sticker which we are pleased to be giving away for FREE! Just send a SAE no smaller than DL (110 x 220 mm) to Jweb, c/o Kisharon, 54 Parson Street, London NW4 1TP.

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Events

Read about what's going on in our month by month guide 

Looking for a Special Shabbat Service  in London? NNLS bring you Shalom at 11am on 18th November and 16th December - a special shabbat service for children with learning disabilities and their parents/carers.

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Resources for Autism run monthly Sibling Groups in London and Birmingham offering a safe and understanding space for child siblings aged 7 – 14 to have fun. Read more here .

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Special Families - dates for your diary
Anyone seeking support, friendship or information can be sure of a warm welcome at Special Families, a group run by parents with children/young adults with special needs. The group is open to parents, grandparents and siblings. Although there are lots of ways to get information and support these days, this group enjoys establishing friendships through meetings – there are six each year - and by keeping in touch through an e-group and on Facebook.

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Having a child with special needs brings a host of challenges which parent's face on a daily basis, this can be both physically and emotionally draining.

The Kef Shmooze Group - a new initiative of Kef, offers the mother's of our KEF children a chance to unwind and relax in a caring and supportive environment, providing both emotional and practical support.The KEF Shmooze Group aims to meet on a regular basis.

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London - The Jewish Autism Trust has launched a monthly youth group - visit www.jewishautism.org for more information.

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Using Lego therapy with autistic pupils

In this blog, Claire Brodie and Vicky Mather, Specialist Teachers in East Sussex, discuss a Lego-based therapy  project piloted in their school, which aimed to support pupils’ social communication skills.

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Learning Disabilities and Dentistry

Keeping teeth clean and maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for the person you are caring for. Healthy teeth are vital for eating and speaking properly, and for overall well-being. Read our latest blog from Dr Brooke Zaidman BDS, MFDS, MSc student in Special Care Dentistry at King's College London Dental Institute.

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Maccabi GB Challenge Israel Tour

In this blog Jessica Overlander-Kaye shares her experience of taking a group of young people with learning disabilities to Israel to have the unique opportunity to explore the country with their peers, whilst developing friendships, confidence, social skills and general life-skills.

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How to keep your meetings with professionals professional

I was at a meeting this morning and, at one point, the discussion turned to conversations the attendees had held with medical or educational professionals about their respective offspring. Some of the comments that these parents had been exposed to were simply appalling ….and the very opposite of professional!

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Travelling in London

Did you know that 8 out of 10 disabled people use the buses in London on a regular basis?

There are a range of services and initiatives provided by Transport for London (TfL) to help you get around using public transport. Being able to travel independently can be the first step toward employment and accessing social activities, and TfL has shared some of their tips with us to help you to tackle your commute!

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Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah Guide

One of the topics we get asked about most frequently here at jweb is chedars (hebrew schools) and bar mitzvah teachers who can accommodate or specialise in working with children and young people with learning disabilities. We'd love to have your recommendations - if you have had a good experience please and help someone else to get the support their child needs. Click through for some of the suggestions and information passed onto us by members of the jweb community....

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