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SEND support events for parent carers

Courses and events to support parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Events are held across Norfolk, and are organised in date order.

Three ten-week course modules run during term time for professionals, parents and carers.

Dates and times:

BSL Module 101

  • Monday 24 September to Monday 3 December, 6.30-8.30pm

BSL Module 102

  • Monday 7 January 7 to Monday 18 March, 6.30-8.30pm

BSL Module 103

  • Monday 29 April to Monday 15 July, 6.30-8.30pm

Venue:  City Academy Norwich, 299 Bluebell Road, Norwich NR4 7LP

Cost and bookings:

£240 for professionals, plus the cost of exams (£93 for the three exams, any retakes are extra).  Limited places for a parent of a deaf child at a reduced rate of £75 are available.  You must have a confirmed place before attending.  Contact Heather Riseborough heather.riseborough@norfolk.gov.uk for more information.

This three-month course, presented by ADHD Norfolk and accredited and regulated by Ofqual, is open to all via distance learning.

The Level 3 Award in ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) Awareness is ideally suited for anyone seeking to improve their understanding of the condition for professional development.

It will be particularly relevant for those either working with or supporting people affected by ADHD or for individuals keen to start a career supporting those with ADHD – drug workers, probation service, health visitors, social workers, support staff, employers, or parents and carers.

  • Understand what is meant by ADHD
  • Understand the causes of and treatments for ADHD
  • Understand how ADHD is assessed
  • Understand how ADHD can affect individuals
  • Understand ways to support the learning of individuals with ADHD
  • Find out sources of information for individuals with ADHD and those supporting them

The course is delivered through a virtual classroom. All your lessons are live with your tutor and there is the option of day or evening classes. You can log in any time and access your course resources, and you can also meet other students in the classroom for extra study time if you choose.

Dates and times:

  • Thursdays from 28 February
  • 10am to 11am or 7pm to 8pm (choice of morning or evening live lesson with your tutor once a fortnight term time only)

Cost, bookings and further information:  £249 per learner. To book your place go to www.adhdnorfolk.org.uk.  Any questions, email sentraining@adhdnorfolk.org.uk.

The following training course is offered for the spring:

  • Autism Practical Strategies Level 2 – Managing transition and use of language

Date and time: Wednesday 6 March, 9.30am to 3.30pm

  • Social Survival for the Logical Thinker

Date and time: Wednesday 8 May,9.30am to 3.30pm

Venue: Keswick Hall, Norwich NR4 6TJ

Bookings and further information:  Go to www.alphainclusion.co.uk/training to book. Alternatively email info@alphainclusion.co.uk or telephone Alpha Inclusion on 01603 926170.

An opportunity for anyone to meet, play, share experiences and celebrate successes with parents, school staff and other professionals in an informal setting.

Open to all parents and carers of children with additional needs or disabilities.

Dates and times:

  • 13 March - 10am to 12pm
  • 5 June - 10am to 12pm 

Venue:  Fred Nicholson School, Westfield Road, Dereham, NR19 1JB

Booking:  Email office@frednicholson.norfolk.sch.uk or call the school on 01362 693915 for further information or to register your interest in attending.

Come along to a free Money Maximiser course. Explore money saving tips and techniques that will help you get the most out of your income!

Dates:

Tuesday 23 April to Tuesday 28 May

Time:

10am-12pm

Venue:

Morrisons, Postmill Close, Wymondham NR18 0NL

Further information and bookings:

Please contact Helen Haynes CLDO@norfolk.gov.uk on 01603 306504 to book your place.

Norfolk SEND Partnership’s free Independent Partnership Supporter (IPS) training course is run over three days to support young people, parents and children 0-25 years with SEND.

Learn about:

  • Giving information advice and support
  • Providing help with paperwork
  • Explaining procedures
  • Offering support at school meetings

Dates:

  • Introduction day – Thursday 28 February
  • Compulsory training days – Tuesday 30 April, Wednesday 1 May and Thursday 2 May

Please note that this course will also consist of online training to be done at home

Venue:  Professional Development Centre, 144 Woodside Road, Norwich NR7 9QL

Bookings and further details:  Booking is essential for this free training.  Please call 01603 704070 or email sendpartnership.iass@norfolk.gov.uk.  For information about Norfolk SEND Partnership go to www.norfolksendpartnershipiass.org.uk.

Are you and your children struggling to get a good night’s sleep?

Thanks to funding from the Victory Housing Trust Community Grant a free Sleep Workshop is offered in Cromer for all parents of children with sleep deprivation.

Sleep East is a Norfolk based organisations specialising in ensuring that parents and children get a good night sleep. All trainers are fully qualified and have extensive experience in working with children who have additional needs.

The Workshop is suitable for parents of children with complex and additional needs. It is fun and interactive and it covers:

  • How sleep works
  • Play Sleep Bingo
  • Sleep Quizzes
  • Sleep information and strategies
  • Developing a good bedtime routine
  • Self settling
  • Sleeping through the night
  • Early waking
  • Maintaining a good sleep pattern

Follow-on support is offered by a drop-in Sleep Clinic at Cromer Library on 28 June (following the 11.00am Bounce & Rhyme session).

Date, time and venue:  Wednesday 22 May, 10am-12.30pm at Suffield Park Infant School, Mill Road, Cromer NR27 0AD

Bookings and further information:  Please contact joybishop@sleepeast.co.uk to book.

Are you and your children struggling to get a good night’s sleep?

ASD Helping Hands in conjunction with Sleep East offers all parents of children with sleep deprivation this Sleep Workshop in Norwich.

Sleep East is a Norfolk based organisations specialising in ensuring that parents and children get a good night sleep. All trainers are fully qualified and have extensive experience in working with children who have additional needs.

The Workshop is suitable for parents of children with complex and additional needs. It is fun and interactive and it covers:

  • How sleep works
  • Play Sleep Bingo
  • Sleep Quizzes
  • Sleep information and strategies
  • Developing a good bedtime routine
  • Self settling
  • Sleeping through the night
  • Early waking
  • Maintaining a good sleep pattern

Date, time and venue:  Friday 24 May, 9.30am-12pm at Harford Community Centre, Hall Road, Norwich NR4 6ET

Cost:  £14 for ASD Helping Hands supporters, £18 full price.

Bookings and further information:  Please contact joybishop@sleepeast.co.uk to book.

Come along to the Forum for two packed days celebrating deaf culture!

Admission is free. There will be various stalls, organisations to meet and much more besides.

BSL interpreters and speech to text will be available at this event.

Dates and times:  Friday 24 May and Saturday 25 May, 10am-4pm

Venue:  The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich NR2 1BH

An accredited course run over three weeks by The Hamlet that is suitable for anyone providing support for those who use Signalong as part of their communication.

It aims to develop the skills that learners already have, to understand the communication process, and to develop the ability to communicate with those who have communication impairments.

Course objectives:

  • Discuss the early development of language, social interaction and communication
  • Consider how sign supported communication supports children and adults with speech, language and communication needs
  • Practice using signing skills and signs to interact and communicate with others
  • Learn at least 360 signs

Dates and times:

  • Sunday 2 June, 9am-3pm
  • Sunday 9 June, 9am-3pm
  • Sunday 23 June, 9am-3pm

Venue: 221 St Leonards Road, Norwich NR1 4JN

Cost:  The cost is £85 per person plus £19 for a Signalong phase 1 book. All learners will be required to complete a written test at the end of the course and throughout the course their practical work will be observed.

Further information:  Phone 01603 765405 or email trainingteam@thehamletcharity.org.uk.

An accredited course run over three weeks by The Hamlet that is suitable for anyone providing support for those who use Signalong as part of their communication.

You must have already completed the Foundation Course Phase 1 to attend this Phase 2 course, which provides the opportunity to develop further the skills that you have already acquired.

Learners will gain access to a wider range of vocabulary and have the opportunity to practice signing together, learning a further 346 signs.

Dates and times:

  • Saturday 29 June, 9am-3pm
  • Saturday 6 July, 9am-3pm
  • Saturday 13 July, 9am-3pm

Venue:  221 St Leonards Road, Norwich NR1 4JN

Cost:  The cost is £85 per person plus £19 for a Signalong phase 1 book. All learners will be required to complete a written test at the end of the course and throughout the course their practical work will be observed.

Further information:  Phone 01603 765405 or email trainingteam@thehamletcharity.org.uk.

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