CONFERENCES AND COURSES
SPECIAL NEEDS FRINGE
Assistive technology and special needs exhibition plus programme of free seminars held next door to the BETT Show at Olympia to allow special needs professionals to attend both shows. Organiser: Inclusive Technology. Venue: Hilton London Olympia Hotel, London SW7.
Contact: 01457 819790; www.inclusive.co.ukexhibitions
January 13-June 23
PEOPLE WORKING WITH PEOPLE
Persona offers this 120-hour certificate programme on developing effective counselling skills. It is held on Thursdays, 5.30-8.30pm and one Saturday per month, 9am-6pm. It covers: basic counselling theory, developing self awareness and practice of counselling skills.
Venue: Basil Paterson College, 23 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh.
Contact: 0131 347 1512; email@example.com
January 24-March 17
I CAN COURSES
Forthcoming I CAN Professional Development courses for those working with children with speech, language and communication (SLC) difficulties include: Effective teaching and speech and language therapy, Birmingham, January 24; Social, emotional and behavioural development, I CAN London, January 27; National Numeracy Strategy for pupils with SLC difficulties andor SEN, Nottingham, January 31; Teaching social skills, Birmingham, February 2; Early years teachers and speech and language therapists: learning together, Wales, February 7; Identification, assessment and planning for SLC needs, Nottingham, February 11; Practical ideas for the management of children with autistic spectrum disorders, Birmingham, March 7; Speech and language impairment in secondary schools, Edinburgh, March 11.
Fees: from pound;140.
Contact: 020 7674 2790; www.ican.org.ukprofessionaldevelopment
From January 24
COMMUNICATION AIDS PROJECT: SENIOR MANAGEMENT FORUMS
This initiative from the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (BECTA), running until March 2006, is designed to support pupils who have difficulty understanding language and communicating verbally and in writing. Free seminars for education officers, heads, governors and special needs professionals will be held on January 24, February 7 and 14, March 7 and 21.
Venues: Leeds, Bolton, Birmingham, Kings Cross London, Bristol.
MANAGING STRESS IN THE CLASSROOM
HANDWRITING MADE EASY
Dyscovery Centre courses to be held in Cardiff. The second, led by Jane Taylor, author of Handwriting: a teachers' guide, will explore how letter formation should be taught and how to make a precise diagnosis of handwriting difficulties.
Fee: pound;120 plus VAT per course.
Contact: 029 2062 8222.
TEACHING DANCE TO CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Course at Laban Theatre, Creekside, London SE8 aimed at teachers working with children who have autistic spectrum disorders. Fee: pound;75.
Contact: 020 8469 9500; www.laban.org
THE POWER OF PARTNERSHIPS
I CAN Professional Development's annual conference at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London N1, will explore how multi-agency collaboration in the early years improves children's communication.
Fee: pound;140; pound;99 if booked before January 15.
Contact: 020 7359 3535; www.ican.org.ukconference
Until December 7
DISABILITY FILM FESTIVAL
Shorts programmes screened at the National Film Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 includes I'm Not from Hear, the story of a hitchhiker who arrives in a town where people communicate with their hands.
Contact: 020 7928 3232; www.bfi.org.ukshowingnftcalendarseasons.php
JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH: HOLIDAY WORKSHOP
Inclusive workshop and signed performance for families with deaf and hearing children aged five upwards at Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, London SW19, 12.30-4pm. Fee: pound;40.50 (two people); subsidies available for deaf children.
Contact: 020 8543 4888; www.polkatheatre.com
This outdoor art installation at Tate Modern is intended to raise awareness of the havoc caused in children's lives by violence, poverty and lack of quality adult care. It is the result of workshops run by Tate Modern and Kids Company involving 1,000 young people. Kids Company supports children excluded from school, who have missed out on social services support.
Contact: 020 7407 8419; www.kidsco.org.uk
Stuck for Christmas gift ideas? TFH produces toys and equipment for all abilities and needs, including free-standing multi-sensory environments with bubbles, lights and fibre optics.
Contact: 01299 827820 or visit www.specialneedstoys.com
ACT IN A TV SERIES
CBBC Drama is making a children's series about a junior wheelchair basketball squad. Disabled teenagers with a flare for acting are sought to audition for the role of 14-year-old Kyle, who is black, athletic, fun-loving and a wheelchair user.
Contact: Ewan Marshall on 020 8225 8737; firstname.lastname@example.org
December 4, 2-4pm and December 5, 2-4pm.
BBC2, 20 15-minute programmes. The series introduces four to seven-year-olds with learning difficulties to basic concepts, including everyday nouns, social language and expressing likes and dislikes. It helps them communicate using Makaton to support their language. Songs and rhymes cover such themes such as the farm, the seaside and toys.
A FISH OUT OF WATER
December 7, 10.25-10.45am, repeated 12.25-12.45pm, for ages 9-11. CBBC Class TV
Social inclusion drama in which 10-year-old Luke Hadley struggles with attention deficit disorder. He desperately wants to take part in, and win, a top swimming event, but can he win the support of his teachers and fellow pupils?
THE CHAT ROOM
CBBC Class TV
These programmes for ages 7-11 feature thought-provoking drama and documentaries relating to people with learning difficulties, which are debated and discussed by a group of young people: Stereotypes, December 16, 9-9.20am and 11-11.20am. The Chat Room's resident big sister, Ailsa Pearcey, sets the group physical challenges to help them understand some difficulties faced by people with learning disabilities.
Bullying, December 16, 9.20-9.40am and 11.20-11.40am. Andrew, who has a learning disability, describes being bullied. The group explores feelings of exclusion and loneliness.
Self-esteem, December 16, 9.40-10am and 11.40am-12pm. A positive look at inclusion, showing how making friends can be more difficult for people with a disability.
Contributions to the diary should be sent to SNExtra@tes.co.uk