Conferences and courses

Find out the latest multi-disciplinary information on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Asperger and Tourette syndromes, dyspraxia, dyslexia and other language and communication difficulties at Learning Must Be Fun, a Working Together conference at York University, July 21-22, organised by the ADDept charity. International speakers include: Dr Paul Hutchins, specialist consultant paediatrician, The New Children's Hospital, Sydney; Professor Loretta Giorcelli, University of West Sydney; John Sanford and Jeff Kane, HM prison officers; and Stephen Bradshaw, headteacher for ADHDAsperger syndrome, Farleigh College, Somerset. Fee: pound;45; pound;25 one day; pound;20, pound;12 one day low income bursaries. Creche pound;6 a day. Onsite accommodation available. Send SAE to: Bob Breen, 30 The Paddock, York YO26 6AW, tel: 01904 782556.

Conductive Education: Coming of Age, organised by the Foundation for CE at the Novotel Hotel, Birmingham, September 8-10, is celebrating 21 years of conductive education. Speakers include: Professor M ria H ri on the Peto Institute in Hungary; and Professor Bart McGettrick, Glasgow University, on benchmark standards for conductor training. Fee: pound;255 residential, pound;150non-residential, day rates available. FCE, Cannon Hill House, Russell Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8RD, tel: 0121 449 1569, e-mail: conference@conductive-education.org.uk, website: www.conductive-education.org.uk I CAN, the national educational charity for children with speech and language difficulties, is organising two conferences entitled Focusing on secondary aged children with speech and language impairment and Aspergers, semantic pragmatic or autistic spectrum disorders ... should management differ? They will be held in Manchester in September and December respectively. I CAN Training Centre, 4 Dyer's Buildings, Holborn, London EC1N 2QP, tel: 0870 010 70 88.

The Open University is offering a new one-year masters level course for special educational needs co-ordinators from October. The Postgraduate Certificate in the Co-ordination of Special Education Provision comprises sections on perspectives and issues in special and inclusive education, strategic direction and development of provision for pupils who experience difficulties in learning, teaching and learning, and leading and managing staff. Janice Wearmouth, OU School of Education, tel: 01908 653477.


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