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Learning and Development available

As part of the Short Breaks programme we are keen to support both specialist and mainstream activity providers to further develop their skills to work with disabled children and young people. Parents and carers may want to access some of the training available too.

Autism eLearning module available for FREE:

Check out the FREE Autism Awareness e-learning module. The module takes about 20 to 30 minutes to complete and provides an introduction to the topic of Autism and Asperger Syndrome. This course has been produced in partnership by the SHIP autism workforce development and training group (Southampton; Hampshire; Isle of Wight and Portsmouth's Health and Social Care Authorities and Hampshire Autistic Society).

Inclusion Resource Pack

Check out the Inclusion Resource Pack and the Inclusion in Action DVD for tips and suggestions to support your setting in becoming even more inclusive for children and young people with disabilities and/or additional needs. To request your FREE copy (if you are a Hampshire activity provider) email shortbreaks@hants.gov.uk.

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Important Update re KIDs eLearning!

Hampshire activity providers and parents/carers have been able to access a variety of eLearning modules for FREE. KIDs have recently upgraded their system and have changed how things work. We have had a number of people experiencing problems accessing the new system and we are working with KIDs to get things sorted. The newly updated modules look great so once things are sorted with logins etc this will be even better than it was before. In the meantime we will not be setting up any new Learners or eManagers until changes have been made and the system is working more effectively.

If you have an existing login you can still go to KIDs new eLearning website for updates and to log on. If you have any feedback about the updated site then please email details to kaz.white@hants.gov.uk so that we can share this with the team at KIDs too.

We will post updates as progress is made and access improves again.

Other training requests

If you have ideas for inclusion training that you would like to have available then please email the Recreational Activities Inclusion Officer (for Disabled Children and Young People) rec.inclusion@hants.gov.uk  

 

Inclusion Workshops available

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A variety of interactive workshops are available to support activity providers to be even more inclusive. These have been subsidised through the Short Breaks programme.

A variety of interactive workshops are available to support activity providers to be even more inclusive. These have been subsidised through the Short Breaks programme.

Please see the workshop descriptions below for details or download the flyer  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 2MB.

Booking your place/s

  • Read the information provided and decide which workshops and mini conferences you would like to book onto.
  • Go to the Hantsweb Online Shop www.hants.gov.uk/shop and click on Inspiring Inclusion in the Categories list
  • Select the workshops/mini conferences that you would like to attend and add these to your online basket.
  • Check that you have added all of the workshops/mini conferences that you would like to attend.
  • Go to Checkout and complete the online booking form and make a payment using the secure online payment system.

An introduction to learning disability

Led by: Brian Sains

This workshop will be an introduction to what it means to have a learning disability (LD). It will look at the causes of LD and will give you a brief historical perspective to LD. It will then look at the impact of having a learning disability and will give you an insight into common difficulties that someone with a LD may experience and why this is. Finally it will cover a few ideas for working and communicating with someone with a LD. It is aimed at people who have little or no experience of working with anyone with a learning disability.

Duration: Half day workshop (3 hours)

Cost: £15 per person

Maximum number of places available per workshop: 30

Dates, times and venues:

  • Tuesday 30 September 2014, 9.30am – 12.30pm, Speaking Space, Romsey, SO51 8ED
  • Wednesday 14 January 2015, 9.30am – 12.30pm, Alton Maltings Centre, Alton,

    GU34 1DT

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An introduction to communication and learning disability

Led by: Alex Kelly

This practical workshop will be an introduction to the communication difficulties that people with a learning disability often experience and what you can do to help. This will include how you can use symbols or pictures within your setting and how you can produce more accessible information to promote your activities.

Duration: Half day workshop (3 hours)

Cost: £15 per person

Maximum number of places available per workshop: 30

Dates, times and venues:

  • Tuesday 30 September 2014, 1.30pm – 4.30pm, Speaking Space, Romsey, SO51 8ED
  • Wednesday 14 January 2015, 1.30pm – 4.30pm, Alton Maltings Centre, Alton, GU34 1DT

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An introduction to autism

Led by: Alex Kelly, supported by a young person with autism

This half day workshop will introduce you to autism and will cover a number of key insights into what having autism can mean for someone. This will include difficulties such as communication, sensory, ability to read others, and social interaction.  It will also give you ideas to help you work and interact with someone with autism. This is a highly practical workshop that includes videos and exercises and is co-facilitated by someone with autism. Lunch will not be provided but you are welcome to bring your own lunch with you.

Duration: Half day workshop (3.5 hours + half hour lunch break)

Cost: £15 per person

Maximum number of places available per workshop: 20

Dates, times and venues:

  • Monday 17 November 2014, 10.30am – 2.30pm, Speaking Space, Romsey, SO51 8ED
  • Monday 2 February 2015, 10.30am – 2.30pm, Alton Maltings Centre, Alton, GU34 1DT

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Conversations with Parents/Carers and General Disability Awareness

Led by: Rachel Harrison

Do you worry you will say the ‘wrong thing’ to parents about their disabled child? How are you ‘supposed’ to speak to parents when their disabled child has been misbehaving / shown behaviour that challenges?  

What is ‘disability’ anyway?

This workshop will help you to build your skills so you can feel confident when having difficult conversations around these topics. It will help you to understand:

  • How to approach sensitive conversations with parents/carers of a disabled child.
  • How to get the information you require to meet the needs of the child.
  • The kinds of things you can do in your setting to improve access for disabled children and young people.
  • Words and phrases which parents and children say are respectful and those which are not.

Duration: Half day workshop (3 hours)

Cost: £15 per person

Maximum number of places available per workshop: 30

Dates, times and venues:

  • Monday 20 October 2014, 10.00am – 1.00pm, The Plaza, Havant, PO9 2AX
  • Thursday 29 January 2015, 2.00pm – 5.00pm, Falcon House, Winchester, SO22 5PL

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Practical Inclusion

Led by: Philip Douch

Philip Douch leads this fun hands-on session – lots of activities and group games for everyone to have a go at and then to reflect on. Is that inclusive? How would we make it inclusive? What else can we do in addition to adapting activities if we are to make disabled and non-disabled children feel equally welcome? You’ll go home with a head buzzing with ideas about what inclusion really entails.

Duration: Half day (3 hours)

Cost: £15 per person

Maximum number of places available per workshop: 25

Dates, times and venues:

  • Tuesday 25 November 2014, 9.30am – 12.30pm, Popley Fields Community Centre, Basingstoke, RG24 9AE
  • Tuesday 25 November 2014, 1.30pm – 4.30pm, Popley Fields Community Centre, Basingstoke, RG24 9AE

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Makaton Taster session

Led by: A Makaton Charity Regional Tutor

Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech, in spoken word order. This session is designed for people who are interested in finding out about Makaton. The taster gives you a general introduction into what Makaton is and who uses it, with the opportunity to learn 40 signs and symbols.

Duration: 2 hours

Cost: £10 per person

Dates, times and venues:

  • Wednesday 24 September 2014, 10.00am – 12.00pm, Falcon House, Winchester, SO22 5PL
  • Wednesday 12 November 2014, 10.00am – 12.00pm, Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Horndean, PO8 0QE
  • Tuesday 20 January 2015, 10.00am – 12.00pm, Dame Mary Fagan House,  Basingstoke, RG24 8AG

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Makaton - 1 day beginners course

Led by: Naomi Carter

This course is a practical introduction to Makaton. It is aimed at anyone who wants to learn how to use Makaton as part of their daily communication skills. It is a fun and practical course with lots of opportunities to practise your signing skills in a friendly and supportive environment. You will learn stages 1-2 and the Additional stage of the core vocabulary as well as some tips for effective sign and symbol use, and how to start using Makaton at work.

Duration: Full day workshop (6 hours + 1 hour lunch break) Cost: £25 per person

Maximum number of places available per workshop: 14

Dates, times and venues:

  • Tuesday 14 October 2014, 9.30am – 4.30pm, Alton Maltings Centre, Alton, GU34 1DT
  • Monday 1 December 2014, 9.30am – 4.30pm, Speaking Space, Romsey, SO51 8ED

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Makaton - 2 day beginners course

Led by: A Makaton Charity Regional Tutor

The Beginners workshop provides a practical introduction to the Makaton Language, hints and tips for effective signing and symbol programme. Sessions include discussing commonly asked questions, hints and tips for effective signing and symbol use and how to start using Makaton in every day situations at home or work. You will also learn the signs and symbols for stages 1 -4 and Additional of the Core Vocabulary (course costs include course materials).

Please note that delegates must be able to attend both days. Lunch will not be provided. Please bring your own lunch with you or there is also a supermarket within walking distance of the Alton Maltings Centre.

Duration: 2 Full days

Cost: £75 per person

Maximum number of places available per workshop: 24

Dates: Tuesday 24 February and Tuesday 3 March 2015

Times:  9.00am – 5.00pm (on both days)

Venue: Alton Maltings Centre, Alton, GU34 1DT

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For booking queries please email The Admin Team at rec.inclusion@hants.gov.uk or phone on 01962 845178.

If you have ideas for training that you would like to have available in your local area email the Recreational Activities Inclusion Officer (for Disabled Children and Young People)  kaz.white@hants.gov.uk

 

Mini Conferences

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There are two mini conferences available. These have been subsidised through the Short Breaks programme.

Please see the Mini Conference descriptions below for details or download the flyer  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 2MB.

Booking your place/s

  1. Read the information provided and decide which workshops and mini conferences you would like to book onto.
  2. Go to the Hantsweb Online Shop www.hants.gov.uk/shop and click on Inspiring Inclusion in the Categories list
  3. Select the workshops/mini conferences that you would like to attend and add these to your online basket.
  4. Check that you have added all of the workshops/mini conferences that you would like to attend.
  5. Go to Checkout and complete the online booking form and make a payment using the secure online payment system.

Mini Conference 1: Introduction to Inclusion

Led by: Ally John and Philip Douch

Join us for this fun and informative day with two top inclusion trainers. Develop your confidence in ensuring that disabled children and young people are welcome, safe and able to take part in ordinary provision. Ally John and Philip Douch will explore what we mean by inclusion and disability, consider the attitudes that we bring to working with disabled young people, and help us to think creatively in responding appropriately to each individual child. Philip Douch and Ally John have both been enthusiastically received by delegates at our Hampshire Inclusion Conferences.

Duration: Full day (a light lunch is included)

Cost: £30 per person

Maximum number of places available: 50

Date: Wednesday 26 November 2014

Times: 9.30am – 3.30pm

Venue: The Plaza, Havant, PO9 2AX

Programme for the day

  • 9.30am Registration, tea and coffee available
  • 10.00am The conference begins
    • Ally and Philip will deliver the morning session with all delegates together
  • 12.00pm Lunch – a light lunch will be provided for all
  • 1.00pm Workshop 1 – Half of the group with Philip, half with Ally
  • 2.00pm Workshop 2 – Half of the group with Philip, half with Ally
  • 3.00pm Everyone back together to wrap up the day
  • 3.30pm Conference closes

All delegates will receive a FREE copy (signed by the author!) of ‘The Buskers Guide to Inclusion’.

Ally John www.alisonjohn.com

Ally is an experienced Consultant and Trainer in the field of challenging disablism, play, early years and inclusion issues. Alison is passionate in promoting a 'can do attitude' with who ever she works with. She is an inspirational speaker, her presentations are memorable and create a lasting impression on a wide variety of audiences.

Philip Douch www.activeimpact.org.uk

Philip co-founded Active Impact to create more opportunities for disabled and non-disabled children and young people to do things together. His funny yet serious book The Busker’s Guide to Inclusion has been used extensively across Hampshire and elsewhere. As well as being an author and speaker on inclusion, he has inflicted his entertaining and thought-provoking training on early years, arts and sports staff, playworkers and librarians. He is also a playwright and a performer of his own short stories.

Quotes about training delivered by Ally and Philip:

‘Beautifully structured, charismatically delivered, fun and positive’

‘It completely changed my perception of disabled people. Thank you for taking me out of my ignorance’

Mini Conference 2: Transforming behaviour - developing project plans for inclusive setting

Led by: Rob Long

Rob will lead the day providing theory about child and adolescent development and how to manage challenging behaviour. Throughout the day activity providers will work collaboratively to put theory into practice. Groups will develop mini project plans so that tools and techniques can be readily applied to create real success in settings for children and young people.

Duration: Full day (a light lunch is included)

Cost: £30 per person

Maximum number of places available: 100

Date: Wednesday 11 February 2015

Times: 9.30am – 3.30pm

Venue: Alton Maltings Centre, Alton, GU34 1DT

Programme for the day

  • 9.30am Registration, tea and coffee available
  • 10.00am The conference begins with an introduction from Rob
  • 11.00am Tea and coffee available
    • Groups working together to develop ideas around real case studies
  • 12.00pm Lunch – a light lunch will be provided for all
  • 1.00pm Afternoon session starts
    • Activity providers will develop project plans for their settings
  • 3.30pm Conference closes

Rob Long www.roblong.co.uk

Rob is committed to developing an understanding of children and young people with emotional and behavioural challenges. Rob's training events are renowned for the dynamic approach he has to communicating with his audience and his ability to share the commitment and enthusiasm he has for his subject. He is recognised as one of the leading speakers in his field in the United Kingdom.

Rob’s mantras:

  • The problem is the problem not the child

  • Fighting fire with water

  • When they get it wrong - be calm when they get it right - be happy

  • If you can predict it, you can prevent it

Quotes from conferences Rob has delivered:

‘Rob's delivery was hilarious and certainly got everyone relaxed.’

‘Extremely engaging style of delivery and very thought provoking.’

‘Amazing! Really motivational and one of the best speakers I have listened to. Could have listened to him all day!’

For booking queries please email The Admin Team at rec.inclusion@hants.gov.uk or phone on 01962 845178.

 

Workshop Leaders

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The workshops and mini conferences are delivered by a high quality trainers sourced from Hampshire and beyond. Please see the flyer and workshop leader information below for details.

Ally John www.alisonjohn.com
Ally is an experienced Consultant and Trainer in the field of challenging disablism, play, early years and inclusion issues. Alison is passionate in promoting a 'can do attitude' with who ever she works with. She is an inspirational speaker, her presentations are memorable and create a lasting impression on a wide variety of audiences.

Philip Douch www.activeimpact.org.uk

Philip co-founded Active Impact to create more opportunities for disabled and non-disabled children and young people to do things together. His funny yet serious book The Busker’s Guide to Inclusion has been used extensively across Hampshire and elsewhere. As well as being an author and speaker on inclusion, he has inflicted his entertaining and thought-provoking training on early years, arts and sports staff, playworkers and librarians. He is also a playwright and a performer of his own short stories.

RobLong www.roblong.co.uk

Rob is committed to developing an understanding of children and young people with emotional and behavioural challenges. Rob's training events are renowned for the dynamic approach he has to communicating with his audience and his ability to share the commitment and enthusiasm he has for his subject. He is recognised as one of the leading speakers in his field in the United Kingdom.

Brian Sains (Alex Kelly Ltd) http://alexkelly.biz

Brian has worked in learning disability for over 20 years. He spent 11 years working as a community learning disability nurse and then trained to be a teacher. He now works full time as one of the directors of Alex Kelly Ltd – a company that offers training, speech and language therapy and a day service to people with a learning disability.

Alex Kelly (Alex Kelly Ltd) http://alexkelly.biz

Alex has worked as a speech and language therapist for over 25 years. She spent 23 years working in the NHS and then left to run her own company in 2009. Alex specialises in learning disability and social skills and has published a number of resources for working with people with learning disabilities. Alex lectures around the world but is also the managing director of Alex Kelly Ltd which is based in Romsey in Hampshire. Her company offers training, speech and language therapy and a day service to people with a learning disability.

Naomi Carter (Alex Kelly Ltd) http://alexkelly.biz

Naomi works for Alex Kelly Ltd, managing the Speech and Language Therapy side to the company.  She has been working as a speech and language therapist for 14 years and her experience is mainly working with adults and children with a learning disability. Naomi trained to become a Makaton Regional Lead in 2010, and now runs Makaton courses regularly as part of her work.

Rachel Harrison (The University of Winchester)

Rachel Harrison will deliver the workshops in an interactive, relaxed and informal way.  Rachel is a Senior Lecturer at the University Of Winchester and has experience of working with people with ‘physical disabilities’, ‘learning difficulties’, ‘people with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder’, and ‘people whose behaviour challenges the service’.

For booking queries please email The Admin Team at rec.inclusion@hants.gov.uk or phone on 01962 845178.

 

Booking

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Booking your place/s

  1. Read the information provided and decide which workshops and mini conferences you would like to book onto.

  2. Go to the Hantsweb Online Shop www.hants.gov.uk/shop and click on Inspiring Inclusion in the Categories list

  3. Select the workshops you would like to attend and add these to your online basket.

  4. Check that you have added all of the workshops/mini conferences that you would like to attend.

  5. Go to Checkout and complete the online booking form and make a payment using the secure online payment system.

Booking confirmation

  • You will receive an automated email from the Hantsweb Shop confirming that your booking has been completed. Please check that this includes all of the workshops that you would like to book a place on.

  • More detailed information will be available on www.hants.gov.uk/learning-development one week before each workshop, including information about parking.

  • Booked places are transferrable; please notify us by email of any name changes.

  • Cancellation policy – a full refund will be given if we receive written notice of your cancellation 72 hours prior to the course date. This will allow us sufficient time to offer the place to others on our waiting list.

What to do if a mini conference or workshop is full?

There are limited places, so book early to make sure you get a place. If the online shop tells you that a mini conference or workshop is full then please email us and we can put you on a waiting list in case others have to cancel. Places will be offered on a first come first served basis.

Accessibility

If you have any specific access requirements please include these when you book your place. This will help both the venue and trainers ensure you feel truly welcomed and included.   

Refreshments

Tea and coffee will be available at all of the workshops.

Lunch is provided for the two mini conferences.

For the workshops you are welcome to bring your own snacks or lunch.

If you have any queries please email the Admin team on rec.inclusion@hants.gov.uk or phone 01962 845178

These workshops are part of the Short Breaks for Disabled Children programme and the cost per person is subsidised by Short Breaks.

Part of the Short Breaks programme

www.hants.gov.uk/shortbreaks

 

Inspiring Inclusion Conference 2014 - PowerPoint presentations and workshop handouts

In March 2014 180 people attended the Inspiring Inclusion Conference. Please find presentations and handouts from the day below. These are a great way to find out more about what was covered across the day.

Keynote speaker: Philip Douch: Inclusion - some knotty questions Microsoft Word 46kB

Workshops:

Wendy Lawson Autism Workshops

Please see below the PowerPoint presentations and links to uTube clips used during the workshops. These are great to share with others that you know and work with too.

Daytime workshop: The Passionate Mind, how people with autism learn

Dr. Wendy Lawson MAPS; BPS, an adult with high functioning autism, presents internationally and is well published. Having written numerous papers and books, (varying from her autobiography to an everyday text on Autism) Wendy explores the influence of individual neurological development with reference to impact upon learning styles.

Wendy’s workshops are research based and focus upon building bridges between the neurologically typical (NT) and autism spectrum (AS) worlds. Relationships; formal, informal, familiar or otherwise, all need to be negotiated. Typically, developing individuals seem to have little difficulty with communicating needs, wants and desires. Being AS however, means we understand the world differently. This implies a clash in the social arena. Social demand and interaction for AS individuals is a nightmare.

The Passionate Mind Autism PowerPoint presentation Microsoft PowerPoint 6MB

Evening workshop: Understanding challenging behaviour of children with Autism Spectrum

  • Explore ways to encourage communication for individuals with autism spectrum conditions (ASC).

  • Suggest supportive interventions and environments that may help in ASC.

  • Show how the above can lead to success in ASC and enable individuals with ASC to feel good about who they are.

Understanding challenging behaviour of children with AS PowerPoint presentation Microsoft PowerPoint 7MB

uTube clips shown across the two presentations:

Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory TV programme
60mns First Words
Carly (short  version)
Carly (10 minute version that Wendy  showed)

Share them with others: The above clips are an excellent way to raise awareness and get people thinking differently. So you could share them in a staff meeting, with friends and family.

For more information also see Wendy Lawson’s webpage.

Inspiring Inclusion Conference 2013 - PowerPoint presentations and workshop handouts

In April 2013 over 180 people attended the Inspiring Inclusion Conference. Please find presentations and handouts from the day below. These are a great way to find out more about what was covered across the day.

Keynote speaker: Rob Long - Aim to achieve, Aim to Achieve Keynote Presentation  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 4MB, Inspiring Inclusion Aim to achieve 2013 handout Microsoft PowerPoint 122kB

Workshops:

The following workshops do not have any handouts that we can send out but please see the websites for more information:

 

Uses and benefits of visual stories

Visual stories are short descriptions of a particular situation, event or activity, which include specific information about what to expect in that situation and why.  

Visual stories have a huge range of applications, including:

  • to help a person with autism to understand how others might behave or respond in a particular situation, and therefore how they might be expected to behave
  • to help others understand the perspective of a person with autism and why they may respond or behave in a particular way
  • to help a person to cope with changes to routine and unexpected or distressing events (eg absence of a tutor, moving house, thunderstorms)

For more information about visual stories (also sometimes known as social stories) and how to write one go to the National Autistic Society (NAS) webpage.

Examples of visual stories

More and more recreation and leisure activity providers are writing visual stories to help people understand how things work at their setting. These are added to websites and can be sent out to people in advance. They are another great way to highlight inclusion at your setting. See the following visual stories to help give you ideas for what you might include in the ones you write: