This was an opportunity for parents/carers to discuss Coventry Local Authority's approach to expanding specialist placements across the city for those youngsters with EHC plans where mainstream provision is not considered suitable. A copy of the slides used during the event and a run down of the themes that came out from the discussion is available through Coventry's Local Offer website.
The event was attended by over 30 parents and carers and it provided an excellent source of feedback for the local authority to work with - it is hoped that further discussion will be held in the future.
Coventry's Educational Psychology Team delivered this workshop, which aims to support Children and Young People with their emotional development leading to a more positive impact on their resilience, academic achievement and their behaviours.
The course has been run a number of times in 2018/19, with extremely positive feedback from parents/carers.
"All parents should have access to this, it would create a much more positive cultural approach to giving children what they need to develop well".
There are also a number of useful websites/videos on the topic which are worth a look.
Contact for families delivered a Parent Session in May which showed how to deal with common issues
Contact for Families delivered a series of workshops over January and February 2018
Support and Information
Encouraging Positive Behaviour
The following presentations are available to download from our previous sessions:
The parent session in December 2017 was presented by an advisor from Coventry Independent Advice Service. Information was given around benefits that may support young people and their carer’s and also included:
Additionally an advisor from the Utility team at Coventry Citizens Advice attended and gave information about how to save money on water bills a link is provided below. Information was also given on how to get help regarding energy advice.
Please see below on how to gain further information:
Representatives from the national charity ‘Contact a Family’, joined us to present a very brief overview about planning ahead for your young person. It included the rights of your young person as part of the Children and Families Act and areas you may need to think about, for example:
Although this session was a brief outline, it also informed attendees about sources of further information and will be a starting point to help plan your journey ahead.
Our April parent session hopefully helped to answer some of those difficult questions parents are often concerned about, as to how their child will manage when they are no longer around. The session was presented by representatives from Mencap and a local solicitor with a specialist background. Some of the topics covered included:
Feedback from parents showed how they valued this information in gaining more knowledge about what options are available. It also helped them to think about what steps they need to take when planning for their young person with special needs and the whole family.
This information and more can be found on Mencap’s website.
You can also contact Mencap on 0207 696 6925, or email: [email protected]
Communication, Interaction (Including Autism) Support Service (CIASS) joined us to deliver a ‘Communication Workshop’
We had some good feedback from the session:
Stuart Hill from North Warwickshire and Coventry Dyslexia Association is joining us again to offer advice and information to parents.
Coventry's Educational Psychology Service will be joining us to demonstrate an approach for helping parents to read with their children at home. Paired reading is a simple but effective way of improving children’s confidence and fluency with reading.
On Tuesday 12 July The A Word took place at The Welcome Centre, Coventry. Attended by around 200 people, the event was a great success. Feedback and handouts will appear here shortly.
Attended by special guest speaker, Dean Beadle, who talked about his personal experiences of "Education, Asperger's and Me", Autism West Midlands, CIASS and CAMHS.
Cerebra joined us to give parents useful information around understanding / managing sleep.
Lesley Hill from North Warwickshire and Coventry Dyslexia Association joined us to offer advice and information to parents.
The drop-in session took place on Wednesday 20 April 2016 at the Coventry Central Library. This was an opportunity for parents to meet the team, have a coffee and meet other parents. The event was well attended.
Contact A Family joined us on 20 April 2016 to deliver a workshop on Behaviour that Challenges.
The Emotional Health Needs Event took place on Tuesday 22 March at The Welcome Centre, Coventry.
Stall holders joined us to give parents the opportunity to find out more about :
Communication and Interaction (Including Autism) Support Service (CIASS) joined us on Wednesday 3 February 2016 to deliver a session on "Understanding Your Child with Autism and their Sensory Needs". We were pleased that CIASS were able to present the session for parents. This included an overview of the service they offer to schools across the city. The content of their presentation covered all areas of common themes that children with autism may have difficulty with around their senses. All five senses were highlighted in the context of some children being ‘over-sensitive’, ‘under-sensitive’ or a mixture of both. Some of the feedback from parents of what they found most helpful included: