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SENsational The Special Educational Needs Podcast

Embracing Neurodiversity & Home Life

There are so many moving parts to home life, right? From school runs to meal times and everything in between, how can it all be managed? In our latest episode of our podcast, SENsational, we explore managing a neurodiverse household with Tracy Bowyer, Parenting Co-Ordinator from The ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity.


Thank you for listening, and we hope you find this episode of SENsational useful. If you want to learn more about our other webinars and resources, please visit the website www.witherslackgroup.co.uk/resources

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    On this SENsational episode, we are joined by Maggie Morton and Laura Oliver, Occupational Therapists for Witherslack Group as they discuss children's most common sensory-seeking behaviours and the best ways to support them. They also explore sensory regulation, sensory overload and the best strategies and activities that can be integrated into the daily lives of our children to help them build essential life skills.We hope you enjoyed this episode of SENsational.
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    We're pleased to bring you this episode of SENsational titled 'Autism: What Every Parent Needs to Know, with Anne-Marie Harrison, training director from Ideas Afresh Education. This episode is designed for parents and carers right at the beginning of their journey. Perhaps you’re just discovering your child is showing traits of autism, or you’re even considering applying for an assessment to diagnosis. We'll be chatting about how to get an assessment, myths and misrepresentations associated with autism, and some top tips and strategies on how to support your child at home.Thank you for listening, and we hope you find this episode of SENsational useful. You can explore more of our resources, including webinars and downloadable guides, by clicking here www.witherslackgroup.co.uk/resources. 
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