special needs

What would you do? By Tina Waltz

What would you do? By Tina Waltz

Tina Waltz is the Support Lead for The Roses, an Autism Accredited service run by Hightown Housing Association, providing supported living for people with Autism and Learning Disabilities. Tina has worked at the service since it opened 15 years ago.

Picture the scene. You see a man shouting. He’s with a woman who seems to be trying to calm him down. Are they a couple? Is she in danger? What should you do?

It can be a difficult decision but take a moment to assess the situation. Is the woman he is with supporting him?

New book, Mindful Little Yogis, aims to help children with special needs, master self-regulation and improve mental wellbeing

New book, Mindful Little Yogis, aims to help children with special needs, master self-regulation and improve mental wellbeing

LONDON, England (7th September 2018) – Mindful Little Yogis is a new book to help children with special needs master emotional self-regulation and improve mental wellbeing. As a step-by-step guide to calming strategies for children, the book contains fun, practical mindfulness activities, adaptable for a range of abilities, including autism, ADHD and other special needs. With simple breathing techniques, sensory integration, yoga games, and other activities, children learn to self-regulate and find a sense of calm during times of anxiety and other heightened emotions.

FestABLE speaker Sally Phillips: 'The SEN world is a treasure chest'

Festable a girl enjoys the day

Having a child with special needs enables parents to understand and appreciate the important things in life, says actress and writer Sally Phillips. The well-known British comic was speaking at FestABLE, a festival celebrating specialist learning staged at National Star College in Cheltenham. 

It is the first time a festival dedicated to specialist learning has been staged in the UK.

“We are sitting on a treasure chest in the SEN (Special Educational Needs) world. Not only do we have freedom from some of the standards that the world operates with which are completely bogus but there’s a lot of living in the moment,” said Sally, who has a son with Down’s Syndrome. 

Dating agency launched to combat loneliness among adults with learning disabilities

dating agency emma and andrea

A charity is hoping to combat loneliness by starting a friendship and dating agency for adults with learning disabilities.

The new Luv2meetU service, which is run by the national learning disabilities charity Hft, will celebrate its launch with music, food, party games and pool. There will also be information about the service available for potential members and their supporters, and anyone interested in volunteering.

Toyota hands over £25 in charity donations

toyota charity donations

Local organisations supporting people with special needs and disabilities got a surprise when Toyota made £25,000 of charity donations to celebrate 25 years of making cars in Derbyshire.

To mark the special anniversary of building cars at its Burnaston site, representatives from the Toyota Manufacturing UK (TMUK) factory and charitable trust met with 12 local organisations under the guise of making a video for the company.