Join Special Needs Jungle's Renata Blower, Tania Tirraoro and team, in conversations about current issues and interesting aspects around special educational needs and disabilities. The team will be chatting with a variety of voices from the world of SEND, explaining, exploring and educating on everything you need to know. The programme is also available in vision on YouTube.
Tania and Renata from SNJ chat with Dame Christine Lenehan, Director of the Council for Disabled Children about children's social care, what the pandemic has revealed, and what needs to change.
You can find the original post for this episode here on Special Needs Jungle
The CDC describes itself as, "the umbrella body for the disabled children's sector bringing together professionals, practitioners and policy-makers." In other words, it's the lynchpin of the SEND sector and is, in turn, part of the National Children's Bureau. Special Needs Jungle is also a member of the CDC.
Christine has been involved with supporting disabled children for 40 years, including authoring a number of Government reviews. So, if there is someone who knows everything there is to know about the history of SEND, it is Christine. Renata and I caught up with her via Zoom, for a wide-ranging discussion covering children's social care, the SEND reforms, what's gone wrong and what the CDC is doing to try to fix things.
Public Law Barrister, Steve Broach, chats with Renata Blower and Tania Tirraoro of Special Needs Jungle about the Coronavirus Act legislative changes to SEND law and what families of children with special educational needs and disabilities remain entitled to to help support them whether they are back in school or still trying to learn online at home
Teenage autistic author and neurodiversity advocate, Siena Castellon chats with Tania and Renata from Special Needs Jungle about her new book The Spectrum Girl's Survival Guide: How to Grow Up Awesome and Autistic, life in lockdown and how she's working out a new future post-pandemic.
Order Siena's book from her website: https://www.sienacastellon.com
Find the SNJ post with more information about how you can win a copy in our giveaway here: https://wp.me/p3S8eh-6tX
SNJ's Renata Blower & Tania Tirraoro in Conversation with Child & Adolescent Mental Health Counsellor, Angela Kelly. Angela is a parent of two children with autism and a qualified child and adolescent mental health counsellor. She's also Special Needs Jungle's Mental Health Editor.
We discuss at the issues sparked by the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown on the mental health of disabled children. Many children are experiencing increased anxiety and uncertainty about the future, while for others, not having to go to school during lockdown has taken away the very thing that caused their anxiety in the first place.
In this enlightening and engaging conversation, Angela, Renata and Tania answer some of the questions sent in by SNJ readers and discuss their own experiences during the crisis.
The episode is also available in vision on YouTube. Join in the conversation on our Special Needs Jungle Facebook Group, Let's Talk About SEND.
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