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The Myth of Blue Monday; How to feel happier today!

Blue Monday is a myth! Yes, you can breathe a sigh of relief. However, it’s completely normal to feel blue somedays. It is amazing how small things can make a difference in how you feel and actually, we can be more in control of our own happiness than we realise. So, here are five tips for feeling happier, anytime.

No "Hope" for Coronation Street's Troublesome Child in UK's Education System?

Fiz and Tyrone’s daughter, Hope Stape, has been portrayed as a ‘troublesome’ child recently, and must now attend an alternative provision to ‘deal with’ her behaviour. Yes, it’s fictional, but it does bring up some important real-life implications for children like Hope. Based on what we know about Hope, could Wetherfield Local Authority have approached this case differently?

I'm a Child with Autism: Get me out of here!!!

This year we have seen Anne Hegerty join the jungle! Anne received a diagnosis of Aspergers at the age of 45. We all appreciate it would be extremely difficult to go into the jungle as a person with autism, but have you ever thought about how similar the jungle is to the classroom? In this blog, we will discuss 5 ways in which Anne’s experience is similar to that of a child at school.

How Speech, Language and Communication difficulties ‘Made a Murderer’

A lot of us were heartbroken by the plight of Brendan Dassey on Netflix’s documentary series ‘Making a Murderer’. Watching season 2 of the Netflix documentary this week inspired this blog, illustrating how speech, language and communication difficulties are directly linked to Brendan being imprisoned.

A Guide to Vocabulary Teaching: Part 1

In this series of blogs we will aim to answer these questions to help you plan your vocabulary teaching. We will look at a 4 step STAR approach put forward by Blachowicz and Fisher in 2010 and utilised in the incredibly helpful book ‘Word Aware’ by Stephen Parsons and Anna Branagan.

6 easy ways to make your classroom communication friendly.

It’s that time of year when everyone is busy prepping their classroom, ready for the new term. And why not? The environments we live and work in can have a huge impact on our engagement and wellbeing. Read on for 6 tips to make your space communication friendly.

What is Pathological Demand Avoidance and How Can we Help?

Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is a term that is becoming more and more familiar across the UK. You may have children in your class this year who present with PDA, but what exactly is it?

Do you have a child with Auditory Processing Disorder in your class?

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is a diagnosis that has gained a large amount of interest over the last 5 years. In this blog we will discuss demystify APD, help you spot a child in your class that may be at risk and give you some ideas and strategies to help you support children with APD.

The Rose Amongst Thorns: How to Help the Child in your Class with Social Difficulties

Social communication is a broad subject, covering everything from avoiding eye contact, interrupting in the conversation or asking a stranger for help. Anyone can have difficulties with social skills, but generally, it is seen in children and adults with ASD, ADHD and mental health issues. So, how can we help?

Supporting Communication Development over the Summer Holidays.

It can be difficult to think of fun and different things to do with children in the summer holidays. We have compiled a list of the best, low cost activities to keep children entertained which also have a strong communication focus. These activities can be done with all children to support their communication skills.
Oracy in Maths

Incorporating Oracy in Primary Maths

This blog looks at how to engage pupils in dialogic teaching in Key Stage 2 Maths. We will discuss different levels of questions and specifically Blank’s model of language use. This will encourage the person who is asking questions to simplify and restructure their language; to a level at which the child can understand.