Monthly Archives: January 2018

Practical ideas for the child with sensory processing needs Free event – Crewe

PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR THE CHILD WITH SENSORY PROCESSING NEEDS
Presented by Gaye Griffiths, SI & NDT trained Children’s Occupational Therapist
This presentation will provide an introduction and overview of sensory processing skills. It will provide parents with tools to better understand their child’s sensory needs and helpful management strategies. This presentation is for parents new to the concepts of sensory processing.

What is sensory processing?
Sensory processing it what allows us to receive, organise and respond to sensory input and experiences. If managed well we can focus our attention, move effectively and respond adaptively to our environment. Sensory processing issues often come hand in hand with other learning and attention issues and conditions.
It is what a child is feeling when she has extreme reactions.
Compare it to how most people feel when they touch a hot stove. To a child with sensory processing problems, an itchy sweater might feel just as intense and uncomfortable. The loud siren you find annoying might actually be painful for her.
For some children they are over or under responsive to sensory input. They may be bothered by sights, sounds, textures, flavours or smells. Or they might not respond to some sensory input, like being tapped on the shoulder. Some sensory problems can affect a child’s motor skills like climbing, sitting at a table or getting dressed. These puzzling behaviours that are not related to the child’s need for attention or to communicate; are instead telling us the child is seeking or avoiding sensory input beyond what is expected for their developmental age. They have great difficulty in organizing their movement and learning new skills causing disruptive behavioural responses. Transition times can be particularly challenging for children with sensory processing problems as their threshold for changing sensory environments varies.
Helping children, their families and teachers to recognise potential sensory-stressful situations and/or the specific needs of the individual and to incorporate child-specific strategies is so important in order to generate a positive outcome.
If you are interested in attending this FREE event then please contact

Judy.colclough@springfield.cheshire.sch.uk

I will then contact you with a room number and car parking arrangements.If you are unable to attend or would like further information of future events then please pass on your details to me on the above address

Thank you

Autism Friendly session at Cheshire Ice Cream Farm

“We’re excited to announce our first Autism Friendly Play Session of 2018 will be taking place on Sunday 28th January!

We’ve listened to your feedback and from 3.30pm Daisy’s Fun Factory, Honeycomb Canyon and The Loft will be totally exclusive to this session. The remainder of The Farm will be open to visitors as usual.

There’s no need to book, just come along!”

www.theicecreamfarm.co.uk

Cheshire & Warrington Carers Trust – Parent Carer evening group, Poynton

Cheshire & Warrington Carers Trust Parent Carer evening group – Poynton

6.30 – 8.30pm Refreshments are provided at all our groups free of charge.

Representatives from local organisations such as Cheshire East Autism Team, CEIAS, Edge Inclusion and local voluntary organisations are often on hand to offer information, advice and support in an informal setting. All welcome!

Cheshire & Warrington Carers Trust Parent Carer coffee morning, Congleton

Cheshire & Warrington Carers Trust Parent Carer Support Group/Coffee Morning- Ruby’s Fund, Congleton

10.00am-12.00pm Refreshments are provided at all our groups free of charge.

Representatives from local organisations such as Cheshire East Autism Team, CEIAS, Edge Inclusion and local voluntary organisations are often on hand to offer information, advice and support in an informal setting. All welcome!

Cheshire & Warrington Carers Parent Carer Coffee Morning – Macclesfield

Cheshire & Warrington Carers Trust Parent Carer Support Group/Coffee Morning- Macclesfield

10.00am-12.00pm Refreshments are provided at all our groups free of charge.

Representatives from local organisations such as Cheshire East Autism Team, CEIAS, Edge Inclusion and local voluntary organisations are often on hand to offer information, advice and support in an informal setting. All welcome!

Parent Carers Coffee Morning – Macclesfield

The ‘Children with Disabilities Short Breaks Team’ is a new team within Cheshire East

The team has been developed to streamline services for children/young people and families at Early Help level who access short breaks and to have a point of contact for enquiries and support.

The team consists of a Team Manager, Cat Linde and four Family Support Workers, Rachel Barker, Lisa Eyres, Eric Hasleden and Rafiah Zubair and will cover both North and South localities. We all come from a background of working with children with disabilities and are really excited to be working within this new team and with you and your children.

They would like to invite all parent carers to a coffee morning on Friday 2nd February where you will have an opportunity to meet the team and also our short break providers who will be able to provide you with information on the clubs and activities they run across Cheshire East.

Representatives from the Children with Disabilities Social Care team will also be attending.

The coffee morning will be a drop in session from 10:00 until 12:00 and will be held at Space 4 Autism, The Space Centre, 15-17 Mill Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 7NN. There are plenty of car parks nearby.

We look forward to seeing you there.

For any queries please contact us on 01625 378083 or shortbreaksteam@cheshireeast.gov.uk

Chair’s blog: Happy New Year!

The parent carer forum would like to wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New year.

We would like to share with you some of the things we have achieved in 2017 also some of our plans for 2018.

2017 has been a very busy year for the reps we have been working on and helping roll out the new toolkit which schools should be using now making a uniform approach in all schools when it comes to SEN. This makes it easier for schools, parents and the LA to work together.

Myself and Chris have been working with the new short breaks team, sharing your concerns and working with them on the transfer of managing EHIPS from CCIL back into the council. There is now a team of people who will be working with families on EHIPs instead of just one person. The team are currently looking for a pre-paid card provider for EHIPs so families are not paying out of their own pocket. We also wanted some feedback on your preference on how they do the EHIPs forms: would you want them sending out before your visit from the short breaks team or would you prefer them to bring it on the day of your visit?

Cat Linde – team manager for the short breaks team – says:

‘Another productive meeting with Mandy and Chris today, things are feeling much more positive! 

Working closely with Nick from CCIL has been great and will really help towards a smooth transition for EHIPs. 

Parents now have the CWD Short Break Team contact details [you can call them on 01625 378083] and some have been in touch, it’s fab to start making links. 

My team and I are looking forward to meeting lots more parents at our upcoming coffee morning’ 

I am currently on the team looking at the new free school planned for 2020 we are currently going to tender. I will keep you informed of the progress. I think it is great that the council want a parent view on this it also gives us the opportunity to have our say on our children’s future schooling.

I would like to thank everyone who has been involved with the parent carer forum in 2017 and invite you all to get involved in 2018.

Mandy Dickson, 31 December 2017