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Can Meditation Calm Your Stress?

Stress is both a psychological and physical reaction to something that threatens our wellbeing - looming deadlines, poverty or a fight with your significant other. So, can meditation really help? Let's learn about the science.

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.

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?