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South Glos Support Group is Tuesday 21st April at 7.30-9pm, Room 1, Supportive Education Unit, Brimsham Green School, Broad Lane, Yate BS37 7LP

We look forward to seeing you at support group on Tuesday when we will be welcoming Mr Mark Nesden, Manager, 0-25 Service and Mrs Duane Chappell, SEN Team Manager, 0-25 Service.

They are coming to explain the funding changes for children and young people with statements of special educational needs or education health and care plans who attend special schools, resource bases, or other, independent, specialist provision.


Thank You

Thank you to Jenny Maxwell who came to our Information, Advice & Support group last night in Weston - Jenny gave parent/carers some great advice using Michelle Garcie Winner's strategies to help children with autism. Thanks also to the parent/carers who came along too making it such a successful evening.


South Glos wants your views on their foster support

South Gloucestershire Council writes that it "wishes to provide those young people in its care with the best possible future and recognises that remaining with known and trusted carers is an important step in preventing social exclusion, deprivation and poor life chances in adulthood. For a number of young people it will be within their interest to remain in their foster placement under a Staying Put Arrangement. The local authority has a legal duty to enable young people to remain in their previous foster placement post 18 years of age should they choose to do so.

The Staying Put Policy

This Staying Put Policy has been developed to meet the expectations of the Children & Families Act 2014 and to give a Framework under which young people can continue to receive support within existing foster placements.   The policy sets out the procedure for extending fostering arrangements beyond a young person’s eighteenth birthday under a non-LAC agreement, the financial implications for the former foster carer, and the regulations that govern the new arrangement and the supports required.

Please click on the link above to have your say.


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Support Group Tuesday 14th April 7 - 9 pm The Firs, Drove Road, Weston Super Mare, BS23 3NX

A workshop with Jenny Maxwell with resources from Michelle Garcia Winner 'Social Thinking' expert.

For our April Support Group meeting on Tuesday 14th we are pleased to welcome back Jenny Maxwell, from the North Somerset Vulnerable Learners Service. Jenny is an Educational Psychologist and takes the lead for the Enhanced Autism Team who work around our schools advising on and supporting pupils with Autistic Spectrum conditions. Jenny visited us last year and promised to return to talk to us about Michelle Garcia Winner, who developed the term 'Social Thinking' see link:  

Social thinking is what we do when we interact with people: we think about them - and how we think about people affects how we behave, which in turn affects how others respond to us, which in turn affects our own emotions. Challenges are commonly experienced by individuals with autism spectrum disorders, social communication disorder, Aspergers, ADHD, non verbal learning disability (NLD) and similar diagnoses, including children and adults experiencing social learning difficulties who have not received a diagnosis.

Michelle Garcia Winner is an American Speech and Language Therapist. She developed some brilliant ways of teaching 'social thinking' through her practical experience with school pupils, who, whatever their diagnosis or profile of needs, were just not getting their conversations and social activities with other people right. Michelle delivered a 3 day conference in Bristol last summer and the evening will be an opportunity to share some of the lovely ideas and resources that Michelle has developed. Michelle has a blog and if you are interested it is well worth having a look at that 

We hope you will join us, Jenny's aim is that hopefully everyone attending will go home with at least one nice visual or something they would like to try.