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‘Sibs Club’ is a 6 week programme for siblings of children with additional needs or disability. It’s for children and young people aged between 8 and 16 and will be taking place every Tuesday night beginning 1st February  from 4.30-6.00 at Sunningdale School.

There will be fun, food, games and more – but most importantly it will give young siblings a chance to meet other peers who are living the same experiences as them and provide them with a safe space chat about the highs and lows of having a brother or sister who’s different!

 Registration shuts on 25th January – hurry as limited places available

Back by popular demand!

We received so many requests for this workshop we’ve decide to organise another.

FREE Online Christmas singing and signing Makaton Workshop

This workshop is for parents, carers, or pratitioners who have some experience of using Makaton and want to learn signs for Christmas songs.

We’ll be getting in the Christmas mood and learning signs linked to  festive songs that will be useful both at home and at school. 

This session is provided by Together in Music.

Workshop tutors: Peter Rooney is an experienced Makaton tutor and Clare Hunt has used Makaton in songs for many years.

Peter LOVEs signing and has used Makaton for over 30 years working with people with learning difficulties/disabilities and with his son Billy, who has Down’s syndrome and is on the autism spectrum. He has taught all over the world and runs a Signing Choir in Newcastle. His Favourite sign is: “GOLD”.

Clare has been a music teacher and music therapist for twenty years. She has also worked in many other settings and has trained teachers/TAs and music practitioners across the country in the use of music with children and young people with additional needs. Clare is the writer of the Sing Up resource, Crackers Maracas.

This workshop is Free however places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment

FREE Online Christmas singing and signing Makaton Workshop

This workshop is for parents, carers, or pratitioners who have some experience of using Makaton and want to learn signs for Christmas songs.

We’ll be getting in the Christmas mood and learning signs linked to  festive songs that will be useful both at home and at school. 

This session is provided by Together in Music.

Workshop tutors: Peter Rooney is an experienced Makaton tutor and Clare Hunt has used Makaton in songs for many years.

Peter LOVEs signing and has used Makaton for over 30 years working with people with learning difficulties/disabilities and with his son Billy, who has Down’s syndrome and is on the autism spectrum. He has taught all over the world and runs a Signing Choir in Newcastle. His Favourite sign is: “GOLD”.

Clare has been a music teacher and music therapist for twenty years. She has also worked in many other settings and has trained teachers/TAs and music practitioners across the country in the use of music with children and young people with additional needs. Clare is the writer of the Sing Up resource, Crackers Maracas.

This workshop is Free however places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment

Sunningdale School SENhub Training Centre is hosting training courses based on the Inter Professional Dysphagia Framework.

This course is designed for health, education and care practitioners who work with children with eating, drinking and swallowing problems. It will also be of particular benefit to teachers and teaching assistants required to implement Education, Health, Care plans (EHC).

Lunchtime assistants, social care staff, GP’s, nurses, school transport staff and volunteers working with children with additional needs will also benefit from participating in this training.

The course will run over two sessions and will be delivered on Wed 4th & 11th May 2022 between 3.30pm until 5.00pm

Over the course of the training, programme tutors Ami Nicholson and Jayne Oliver will provide:

· A basic understanding of the eating, drinking and swallowing process
· Insights into the development of eating and drinking skills
· Knowledge of the signs, symptoms and associated health risks of eating, drinking or swallowing difficulties in children
· An understanding of Eating and Drinking plans/advice, how you can contribute to them and how they should be used

Ami and Jayne are both highly experienced Speech and Language Therapists specialising in working with children who have eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties. They are employed by Sunderland Speech and Language Therapy Department and will provide information on the people and services across the region that are involved in identifying and managing these difficulties in children.

Additionally, participants will be introduced to strategies that can be used to reduce the risks associated with these difficulties, and will have the opportunity to discuss what to do if concerned about a child’s eating, drinking and/or swallowing.

This course is free to parents and practitioners in Sunderland but places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. There is a cost of £80 for practitioners working outside of Sunderland. You will receive an invoice following confirmation of your place on the programme.

Sunningdale School SENhub Training Centre is hosting training courses based on the Inter Professional Dysphagia Framework.

This course is designed for health, education and care practitioners who work with children with eating, drinking and swallowing problems. It will also be of particular benefit to teachers and teaching assistants required to implement Education, Health, Care plans (EHC).

Lunchtime assistants, social care staff, GP’s, nurses, school transport staff and volunteers working with children with additional needs will also benefit from participating in this training.

The course will run over two sessions and will be delivered on Wed 9 & 16 Feb 2022 between 3.30pm until 5.00pm

Over the course of the training, programme tutors Ami Nicholson and Jayne Oliver will provide:

· A basic understanding of the eating, drinking and swallowing process
· Insights into the development of eating and drinking skills
· Knowledge of the signs, symptoms and associated health risks of eating, drinking or swallowing difficulties in children
· An understanding of Eating and Drinking plans/advice, how you can contribute to them and how they should be used

Ami and Jayne are both highly experienced Speech and Language Therapists specialising in working with children who have eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties. They are employed by Sunderland Speech and Language Therapy Department and will provide information on the people and services across the region that are involved in identifying and managing these difficulties in children.

Additionally, participants will be introduced to strategies that can be used to reduce the risks associated with these difficulties, and will have the opportunity to discuss what to do if concerned about a child’s eating, drinking and/or swallowing.

This course is free to parents and practitioners in Sunderland but places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. There is a cost of £80 for practitioners working outside of Sunderland. You will receive an invoice following confirmation of your place on the programme.

Sunningdale School SENhub Training Centre is hosting training courses based on the Inter Professional Dysphagia Framework.

This course is designed for health, education and care practitioners who work with children with eating, drinking and swallowing problems. It will also be of particular benefit to teachers and teaching assistants required to implement Education, Health, Care plans (EHC).

Lunchtime assistants, social care staff, GP’s, nurses, school transport staff and volunteers working with children with additional needs will also benefit from participating in this training.

The course will run over two sessions and will be delivered on 17th & 24th November 2021 between 3.30pm until 5.00pm

Over the course of the training, programme tutors Ami Nicholson and Jayne Oliver will provide:

· A basic understanding of the eating, drinking and swallowing process
· Insights into the development of eating and drinking skills
· Knowledge of the signs, symptoms and associated health risks of eating, drinking or swallowing difficulties in children
· An understanding of Eating and Drinking plans/advice, how you can contribute to them and how they should be used

Ami and Jayne are both highly experienced Speech and Language Therapists specialising in working with children who have eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties. They are employed by Sunderland Speech and Language Therapy Department and will provide information on the people and services across the region that are involved in identifying and managing these difficulties in children.

Additionally, participants will be introduced to strategies that can be used to reduce the risks associated with these difficulties, and will have the opportunity to discuss what to do if concerned about a child’s eating, drinking and/or swallowing.

This course is free to parents and practitioners in Sunderland but places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. There is a cost of £80 for practitioners working outside of Sunderland. You will receive an invoice following confirmation of your place on the programme.

  • Do you work in early years or SEND and want to support your pupils to access singing and songs more readily?
  • Do you run community music projects or choirs and want to explore ways in which you can make music and singing more accessible?

To make singing and song more available to children and adults with communication difficulties, Sunningdale School is working with Together in Music to establish 20 Makaton choirs across the northeast between now and 2022.

Makaton

As said on Makaton UK website “Makaton is a unique language programme that uses symbols, signs and speech to enable people to communicate. Being able to communicate is one of the most important skills we need in life.

With Makaton, signs are used, with speech, in spoken word order. This helps provide extra clues about what someone is saying. Using signs can help people who have no speech or whose speech is unclear. Using symbols can help people who have limited speech and those who cannot, or prefer not to speak.

For those who have experienced the frustration of being unable to communicate meaningfully or effectively, Makaton really can help. Makaton takes away that frustration and enables individuals to connect with other people and the world around them.”

Accessible singing

To support the development of our 20 Makaton choirs we are offering a heavily subsidised package of support to practitioners working in early years settings, SEND schools and community music projects and choirs.

The package includes

  • Makaton training in Level One and Two:
  • Using Makaton with singing workshops:
  • Makaton manuals
  • Makaton certification
  • One to one support to help you start or develop your choir in school or in the community.
  • Opportunities to perform and participate in Sing and Sign events.

Cost

The cost of this provision is:

  • £70 for the full package
  • If you are already trained in Makaton 1&2 you can access this support for £40

Workshop tutors: Peter Rooney is an experienced Makaton tutor.

Clare Hunt has used Makaton in songs for many years.

Peter LOVEs signing and has used Makaton for over 30 years working with people with learning difficulties/disabilities and with his son Billy, who has Down’s syndrome and is on the autism spectrum. He has taught all over the world and runs a Signing Choir in Newcastle. His Favourite sign is: “GOLD”.

Clare has been a music teacher and music therapist for twenty years. She has also worked in many other settings and has trained teachers/TAs and music practitioners across the country in the use of music with children and young people with additional needs. Clare is the writer of the Sing Up resource, Crackers Maracas.

Booking 

Register your interest it this project and we will get back to you with information on how to access this support.

This hands-on practical workshop is designed for Teachers/TA’s/support workers in both special education and within mainstream schools KS1 or nurseries.

Song is a powerful means through which to engage some of our most hard to reach children. The strategies introduced in this workshop are designed to support practitioners with limited musical experience to confidently use signs, symbols and props to create new pathways for communication and interaction.

If you have a prop you’d like in a song,

Don’t be shy, just bring it along!

Or if you’ve used one that went well,

Bring it along – for sing and tell!

The activities introduced can be used with individuals or small groups and are of particular value to those working with children/young people who are non-verbal or have limited language, are on the autistic spectrum, and/or have difficulties in interaction and communication.

Workshop leader Clare Hunt will introduce a variety of songs and explore different ways of making them more interactive and engaging. You will also work in small breakout groups to generate ideas on how the methods introduced might be built upon and developed with particular children or settings in mind.

Clare has been a music teacher and music therapist at Sunningdale School for ten years. She has also worked in many other settings and has trained teachers/TAs and music practitioners across the country in the use of music with children and young people with additional needs. She was also the writer of the Sing Up resource, Crackers Maracas.

This full day training session costs £140 and includes lunch. Places are limited to ensure that participants can make the very most of this so please book early to avoid disappointment.

This hands-on practical music workshop is designed for Teachers/TA’s/support workers in both special education and within mainstream KS1 schools or nurseries.

Music is a powerful means through which to engage some of our most hard to reach children. The strategies introduced in this workshop are designed to support practitioners with limited musical experience to confidently use music as a means though which to create new pathways for engagement for their pupils. The activities introduced can be used with individuals or small groups and are of particular value to those working with children/young people who are non-verbal or have limited language, are on the autistic spectrum, and/or have difficulties in interaction and communication.

Workshop leader Clare Hunt will introduce the theory behind the use of music in engaging and creating connections with children/young people and will lead you on a practical exploration of how to use instruments like guitars, keyboards and drums to capture your pupils’ attention and engage them in a creative process of discovery and communication through sound. You will also work in small breakout groups to generate ideas on how the methods introduced might be built upon and developed with particular children or settings in mind.

Clare has been a music teacher and music therapist at Sunningdale School for ten years. She has also worked in many other settings and has trained teachers/TAs and music practitioners across the country in the use of music with children and young people with additional needs. She was also the writer of the Sing Up resource, Crackers Maracas.

This full day training session costs £140 and includes lunch. Places are limited to ensure that participants can make the very most of this so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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