I am a PhD student specialising in the cognitive biases associated with childhood anxiety. I am keen to get as much applied experience alongside my research as possible. I wondered if you knew of any opportunities for me to gain some experience?
Take a look at the very informative booklets in the Mental Health section of the resources on the website if you have not done so already. You need to register to access these but it is simple. Overall the key things to be aware of is that it is a serious condition and not something a child can snap out of. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT )is often used as a way to modify behaviours so that children and young people can get on with life.
Key things a teacher can do are
• understand the condition by reading up about it
• take the condition seriously
• liaise with family and CAMHs team to draw up a management plan for the child
• Don’t be afraid to make adaptations to classroom, school day and or curriculum, inclusion is about working towards meeting the needs of all children not making all children fit one system!
Hope this helps and thanks for contacting us. If you found the website useful please pass on the details to your fellow students.
I'm looking to find a list of alternative education establishments more suited to my daughter's needs. She has recently received a diagnosis of Autism, and even with support is very unhappy in mainstream school.
The simple answer is that there is not a list of alternative education establishments. Your local authority website should have details of all maintained schools in your area, mainstream and special schools and units. Some specialist units will be based in mainstream school. You may have done this already but we would suggest that you talk to the SENCo at your daughter’s school to see if adjustments can be made. There has been a growing demand for specialist provision for children diagnosed with Autistic spectrum disorders some schools now refer to themselves as serving children with complex needs. There are some independents schools such as those run by the National Autistic Society. Your daughter would need a statement of special educational needs to be considered for this provision. Special schools/provision generally require a statement.
You may find these links useful.
Can home tuition happen if the pupil does not have the stated 3 consecutive weeks of absence, but who has frequent short absences due to a chronic illness?
Yes, this needs to be negotiated and different LAs have put in support for pupils depending on their needs.