Kidz South Free Seminars

seminar presentationSeminars are presentations covering a wide range of issues and interests to families, carers and professionals who work with children and young adults with disabilities and special needs. Entry is free on a first come, first served basis. There is no need to book, however seminars are very popular and spaces are limited, you are advised to go to the appropriate room a few minutes before the start of the presentation to ensure you have a seat. The speakers will also be on hand throughout the day to answer any questions you may have. For healthcare professionals, certificates of attendance will be available to collect on the day to boost your CPD portfolio.

Time Seminar Room 1 Seminar Room 2
10.30am Moving and Handling Children: resolving the issues when parents and professional’s opinions differ.
This session will focus on the area of moving and handling a child who needs assistance to move and transfer. It will celebrate good working relationships between families and professionals, discuss why sometimes there are differences of opinions, and give strategies for everyone to achieve positive manual handling experiences for the child, family and carers.
Carole Johnson, Chartered Physiotherapist / Manual Handling Advisor.
Multi - Sensory Rooms: what they are and what they aren’t.
An introductory guide to sensory rooms, how to manage expectations and the mistakes to avoid when compiling your space.
David Payne, Product Manager, SensoryPlus.
11.30am Toilet Training: getting ready - toilet training children with special needs.
This talk will look at ways in which parents can support children with special needs to learn toilet training skills and to troubleshoot issues that arise from the often prolonged process. It will cover the importance of establishing and promoting healthy bladder and bowels management to avoid the common childhood continence problems of day time wetting and constipation.
Lucy Green, Children and Young People’s Nurse Assessor, NHS Arden.
Safe Transition to University; pitfalls and solutions for students with complex physical and communication needs.
This seminar will cover a variety of topics including how to get the most out of University open days, getting the message across in UCAS applications and statements, creating and working with Compact Agreements, learning activities that can be done to prepare for University, DSA and other funding considerations, Options when accommodation is problematic and following up with students as a learning opportunity.
Jo McSherrie, Head of Treloar College.
12.30pm Understanding and Managing Children’s Sleep.
Cerebra are a charity for children with neurological conditions and have a national sleep service.  Pattie Everitt, Sleep Practitioner, will discuss the Biology of Sleep and normal Sleep Cycles, environmental factors affecting sleep, and behavioural management techniques used to manage difficult settling, night waking, difficulty sleeping alone and early rising.
Patty Everitt, Sleep Practitioner, Cerebra.
The Care Act: key changes for families
From April 2015 unpaid/family carers have, for the first time, been given equal legal recognition with the person they care for through the launch of the Care Act. The seminar will explore some of the key changes for family carers to include well-being measures, carers' assessments and advocacy, information and advice, standardisation of eligibility criteria and the provision of services to support carers' needs.
Elspeth McPherson,Berkshire Carers Service.
1.30pm Challenging Behaviour: reasons, strategies and Solutions.
There are many types of challenging behaviours but these can all have an impact on the individual, their home life and their education. This seminar will discuss some of the reasons behind these behaviours and based on my experience with children at Brainwave, I will share strategies, solutions and some preventative approaches which I use with the children on a daily basis. This seminar is suitable for parents and also Early Years professionals such as teachers, teaching assistants, Nursery Nurses and carers.
Becky Crump, Lead Educational Therapist & Carl Puzey, Head of Therapy , Brainwave.
The CE Mark: an outline of the benefits and responsibilities of CE marking of children's products for users, prescribers and manufacturers.
The seminar will deliver a quick explanation of the CE mark. Safety comes first. You will learn about medical device classification and what this means. The minimum standards for documentation and instructions for use will be explained. Finally the responsibilities we accept as users, prescribers or manufacturers for the issue, care and maintenance and reissue of CE marked products will be covered .
Jon Preater, Managing Director, R82 UK Ltd.
2.30pm The Changes Around Special Educational Needs Law: in a nut shell.
The Children and Families Act 2014 came into force on 1 September 2014. Part 3 of the Act affects all children with special educational needs (SEN). This seminar will be helpful for anyone who needs to know what the new SEN changes are what they mean for their child. It also offers an overview of the changes and general duties; how to get SEN support for your child in school; transition to the Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan; personal budget, how to resolve disagreements, and which parts of the plan may be challenged at a SEND Tribunal.
Laxmi Patel, Solicitor, Head of Education, Educational Special Needs (SEN) expert, Boyes Turner.
Transition to Adulthood
This seminar takes a look at the key issues faced by young people with disabilities as they move into the adult world. There will be a presentation, and audience participation will be encouraged to share information and experiences on the following topics: The planning process – 14yrs and over, EHC Plans, Funding and government initiatives, Implications of the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and Where to find information.
Denise Banks , Director of Social Care Chailey Heritage Foundation.
For healthcare professionals certificates of attendance are available to collect on the day to boost CPD portfolios

For more information or a booking form contact the Kidz Team on 0161 607 8200 or email

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