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“Spin, roll, rock, bounce – he’s constantly moving” 

Ever wondered why some children seem to be able to sit still through a movie and why others may fidget around? Sensory Spectacle founder Becky Lyddon shares her insight into how we interact and engage with our surroundings through our senses.


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.


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.


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. 


Curious Explorers

The Jewish Museum in Camden has begun to offer regular autism-friendly sessions - in our latest blog Karen Van Coevorden, Learning Programme Manager, talks to us about how this mainstream, popular London attraction has carefully researched and implemented a programme of events for families and people with learning disabilities.


Lighting the Fire!

How to encourage playfulness in children with profound impairments was the focus of Debby Watson's doctoral studies. Here she explains her findings and just what is needed to get the play to flow.

Debby has kindly shared her Passport to Play with us to help parents, carers and professionals to collate and share information and ease the process to initiate and maintain playful contact.


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!


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!


Birthright Blog

In November 2016 eight young people supported by Norwood took the journey of a lifetime to the magical land of Israel. Read their blog as they share their adventure with us.


Coming into Hospital with a Learning Disability

Going into hospital can be scary and difficult for many reasons. People with a learning disability may find it difficult to understand what is wrong with them, they may have had a bad experience in the past which has made them scared now, their needs may not be understood by the doctors and nurses or they may have several very complex health needs.


Supported Employment

Kisharon started a supported employment programme in 2009. At that point not one of the people we support was in paid employment. We had a day centre and people came in minibuses from their residential homes. Mostly, days were spent taking groups to sociable activities like gardening, bowling and the gym. Understandably, the employment programme was met by scepticism and concern. Parents and carers were worried how the individual would cope in a mainstream environment, and how they would learn to travel independently to a job - let alone work.


What happens to one's son or daughter, who has a disability, when we are no longer around?

It really hit my wife and myself when we both reached retirement age. “Who will be concerned about the welfare of our daughter, Kim, who is severely handicapped, when we are no longer around?” Yes, she had a younger brother, reliable, caring, but with his own family to bring up, and all that goes with that. And what right would we have to expect him to take on such a major responsibility?


Make 'em Laugh

Debby Elley and Tori Houghton, co-editors of AuKids, share with us their tips for using laughter as a therapist's tool to develop speech and behaviour.


23 Ways to Communicate With a Non-Verbal Child

“Just because a person can’t speak doesn’t mean they have nothing to say.” Communication is a basic human need, allowing people to connect with others, make decisions that affect their lives, express feelings and feel part of the community they live in. People with little or no speech still have the same communication needs as the rest of us. We may just have to work a bit harder to find a communication strategy that works.


Jweb Good Book Guide

Looking for a good read? Have a browse through our round-up of some of our favourite special needs parenting books…


What happens to the children when parents are no longer able to care and monitor their welfare?

Ideas rarely happen in isolation and life-time advocacy certainly did not. Years of fighting for the rights and needs of people with a learning, physical or sensory disability and autism presented us with the final challenge...


Rights in Reality

I am often asked to recommend solicitors for SEN and disability cases. The following is a list of solicitors’ firms with whom I’ve worked and who I know have good expertise in SEN and disability issues.


Transition, Change and Resilience 

As the summer nights begin to draw in, I sit here both as a mother and a psychologist reflecting upon the changes that both the new Jewish Year and the academic year will bring for our children and families. Change is occurring all the time for our children in terms of their physicality, their thoughts and their depth of understanding of both social and academic situations.


Understanding Puberty and Sexuality

 Helping young people with a learning disability and their families understand and manage puberty and sexuality


Educational Apps for Special iApps

 2005 my youngest son was born. William has Down syndrome as well as other complex medical needs. Bringing home an iPhone changed my life.


Magic Link

The Magic Link is a handwriting programme created by Lee Dein. It is a 30-step course which tackles bad, messy or illegible handwriting.


10 tips to manage bed-wetting

Bed-wetting is a frustrating, yet extremely common problem amongst children with special needs. For many, the issue continues into adulthood, making life very stressful for parents and carers. Read our round-up of tips from parents and carers.


How To Keep Children & Adults With Special Needs Warm In The Winter

Keeping warm over the winter months can help prevent colds, flu or more serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression. If someone you are caring for has special needs, they may be more vulnerable to cold-related illnesses, so it’s really important to keep them wrapped up.


Art Therapy for people with learning disabilities

Art Therapy is an incredibly helpful way of exploring your life, feelings and relationships. Usually you will meet with your therapist on a weekly basis to make art, explore your feelings and develop a relationship that will help you toward self-understanding and improved communication.