• Peacehaven Community School: Continuing to raise the importance of SLCN

    Peacehaven Community School, were this year's winners of the Secondary School of the Year, Shine a Light Award. We caught up with Clare O'Rourke, Speech and Language Teacher at PCS to hear about what the school has been doing since winning this prestigious award.

    Since winning the Shine a Light Secondary School of the Year award last year Peacehaven Community School has continued to develop our SLCN practice.

    We enjoyed a wonderful fund-raising day in October. Staff and students were invited to pay £1 to wear a Onesie for the day with all proceeds going to Leisha’s campaign to raise funds to buy a new electric wheelchair. To launch the day Leisha, a year 8 student with cerebral palsy that affects her speech as well as her mobility, plucked up the courage to address two whole school assemblies. She explained that as well as improving her access to workstations in lessons, the new wheelchair would also help her to join in with conversations with her peers, as she will be able to move around the school in an upright, standing position. Her clear message that she was ‘sick of not being able to join in conversations going on over my head’! was a real eye-opener for the other students.

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  • No Pens Wednesday 2014 - A big success! - Guest blog post

    No Pens Day Wednesday 2014 took place on Wednesday 15th October and was an overwhelming success!

    We had over 1,700 schools registered this year, our most popular year yet! This year we have also seen a huge boost in registrations from those working in Early Years settings and special schools, with dedicated resources available for these settings appearing for the first time in No Pens Day 2014. It’s been wonderful that so many new schools and settings have taken part this year and we have been lucky enough to hear about the innovative ways that some of you have used the Trust’s materials.

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  • A trip to Brighton for the COT 2014 Conference #COT2014

    We were delighted to be back at the Brighton conference centre this month for a busy COT 2014 Annual Conference.

    This year saw the launch of the first COT Conference App, which we were excited to sponsor. It was great to see so many delegates using the app to schedule their attendance at sessions, taking notes, sharing content via social media and exploring the vast number of exhibitors which were present. We hope the app helped to enhance your visit. Plus, look out for new content being added soon.

    COT has to be one of the most tweeted conferences on our events calendar. Throughout we were busy following, tweeting and re-tweeting comments using the #COT2014. If you couldn’t attend it is a great way to keep up-to-date with all the news - you can also follow our channel by searching for @PsychCorpUK.

    COT have put together a great summary here of popular tweets, photos and blogs: http://eventifier.com/event/cot2014/popular

    We were also pleased to meet with OT students Catherine Hastings and Helen Jones who are studying for their BSc Honours Degree at Sheffield Hallam University and their Senior Lecturer, Colette Beecher, who ran a workshop on ‘Learning Neuro-anatomy the Occupational Therapy Way’. Here is Catherine and Helen with Shelley Hughes, our Senior Product Manager, for Occupational Therapy.

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  • Discover Webinars on Q-interactive

    Join us this June and July when we start our series of 'Discover' webinars, which give you the opportunity to see how specific assessments can be delivered via Q-interactive. 

    With a live demonstration of key subtests and time for Q&A this free webinars are an ideal opportunity for psychologists to explore how two linked tablets can help with assessment delivery, administration, scoring and reporting.

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  • A look at our recent ADOS-2 clinical workshops

    This month our 3rd ADOS-2 Clinical Workshop (now endorsed by the College of Occupational Therapists) was held at our London offices.

    It went ahead despite the floods, train lines being swamped and the prospect of yet another tube strike! Luckily we all managed to get there by hook or by crook, so a BIG thank you to everyone who attended.

    With a full house, Fiona Scott, Managing Director of Spectrum Specialist Con
    sultancy Ltd, and an accredited International ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) and ADI-R (Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised) Trainer, ran an enthusiastic two day workshop to an animated and responsive classroom of Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists. The workshop covered areas including, administration and scoring, operationalising diagnostic criteria for ASD; and gave attendees the opportunity to practice scoring with guidance from Fiona.

    With our feedback forms (we always welcome honest and informative feedback), we found that these sessions have been well received and informative. We also learnt that further advanced training sessions would be greatly appreciated by our customers. Something we are keen to look at - so watch this space.

    Our next workshop is in May and we are already taking bookings, so do visit our website to secure your spot.

    Here are just a few of the comments we received:  

    “Excellent delivery - a lot of clinical material and important points covered very clearly...Great to have a presenter with broad research and clinical knowledge”

    “I found the two day course very enjoyable and felt I learnt everything I needed to use the ADOS-2”

    “Extremely well presented and designed course. It fully met my expectations.”

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