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How To Get A Diagnosis

If a child has a neurodiversity such as autism, ADHD, dyspraxia or dyslexia, parents or teachers may have spotted some signs in the early years.

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Autistic Girls

Society is gradually becoming more aware of how autism presents itself in females. Until fairly recently, it was widely believed that ASC was largely a

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Parental Rights – SEND Law

When a child has SEND, families very quickly need to acquire all kinds of specialist knowledge. In addition to understanding the young person’s condition and

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Making Maths Enjoyable

If you’ve ever tried to help your child with their maths homework, only to panic that you don’t know what you’re doing, you’ll understand just

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Neurodiversity & Eating Issues

It’s well-known that neurodivergent people can have food challenges. Reluctance to eat or following a restricted diet, for example, are common issues in neurodiverse children

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Autism, Youtube & Digital Technology

As we’re often told, many autistic youngsters are welded to their computers and tablets. Playing games, looking at websites, or scrolling through social media channels

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PDA From An Adult’s Perspective

As society becomes more aware of PDA – pathological demand avoidance – as a different presentation of autism, some parents are gradually realising that the

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EOTAS Packages

The term ‘EOTAS Package’ may sound like a cut-price holiday to a little-known Greek island but it actually stands for ‘Education Other Than At School’.

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SENsational Tutors Blog On Trauma

When a person is described as having experienced ‘trauma’, this usually means they have gone through or witnessed events that are extremely frightening or upsetting.

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Chadsgrove School

There can be lots of reasons why a child refuses to go to school but whatever the causes, it can be tricky, stressful and time-consuming

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Christmas Crafts

The Christmas period often inspires a flurry of creative activity in even the most Scrooge-like individuals. There are presents to wrap, cards to make and

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Chocolate Social Enterprise

We often hear how difficult it is for a person with ASC (autism) to find any kind of employment. According to the National Autistic Society,

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Family Life With PDA

Life changes when you become a parent and even more so when you have a child with special needs. Learning to understand and adapt to

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Anti-Bullying Week

Falling out with brothers and sisters or school friends, learning how to manage relationships and emotions, and understanding how to negotiate conflicts is part of

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Executive Function

‘Executive function’ or ‘executive functioning skills’ refers to a set of cognitive skills that enable us to make plans, organise information, follow instructions, maintain focus,

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Play Therapy & SEN

According to the British Association of Play Therapists’ website, ‘Play is children’s primary form of communication. Children tell us about their inner world through play

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Autism & Issues With Food

If someone’s autistic, it is likely to affect all aspects of their life from their relationships, education and employment to their health, hobbies and ability

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Mental Health & Special Needs

World Mental Health Day (10th October) – was established in 1992 to promote understanding of mental and emotional health. But despite growing awareness of these

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What Is It Like To Have Adhd?

When we think about someone with ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – many of us picture a small boy, hurtling around the classroom –

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Autism Burnout

You may or may not have come across the term ‘autistic burnout’. It’s a recent idea that is gradually making its way into mainstream awareness

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Celebrating Diversity Month

April is Diversity Awareness Month. Human beings, as we know, come in all shapes and sizes, hail from a variety of backgrounds and have hugely

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Drama & SEN

You might imagine that school drama lessons would give kids with SEN the perfect opportunity to improve their confidence and social skills along with boosting

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Irlen Syndrome And Special Needs

Irlen syndrome – sometimes referred to as ‘visual stress’ or ‘perceptual processing disorder’ – is a neurological condition which affects a person’s vision. However, it

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Verbal Dyspraxia

Not everyone has heard of dyspraxia – a neurodevelopmental disorder characterised by problems with muscle coordination and poor organisational skills. Even less well-known, perhaps, is

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Gaming and Special Needs

Like many innovative ideas, Dan Clark’s enterprise started with a ‘What if…?’ Having worked in a school for many years teaching IT and music, he

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The Sensory Challenge Of Christmas

Much of what makes Christmas an exciting time of year is its sensory appeal – brightly-coloured wrapping paper, twinkling lights and scented candles, special food

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ADHD; Food & Nutrition

If your child has recently received a diagnosis of ADHD, you’ve probably done what many other parents in your situation have done before you and

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OCD & Special Needs

Obsessive-compulsive disorder – usually known as ‘OCD’ – is a common mental health condition characterised by persistent and unwanted, distressing thoughts. Though these intrusive thoughts

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What is PDA? Pathological Demand Avoidance

Society’s perception of special educational needs and disability, and how they affect a child’s education and social life is constantly evolving and advancing. However, one profile which remains less understood

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Girls vs Boys With Autism

The last few years have seen an upsurge in awareness of the differences in boys and girls with special needs. Neurodivergent males, the experts now

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National Epilepsy Week

Epilepsy is a neurological condition that affects approximately 600,000 people in the UK. Many of us associate it with what we’ve seen in films and

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Teens With Special Needs

For most people, the teenage years are a time of great highs and soul-destroying lows. You get to experience some of the freedoms of adult

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Improving Listening Skills

Ever drifted off in a meeting and been jerked back to the present moment by someone asking you a question you can’t answer because you

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ADHD Awareness Month

It’s ADHD Awareness Month – attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, to give it its full name. The NHS defines it as a neurological disorder characterised by

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Boosting Confidence At Home

Tutors often point out that boosting a student’s self-confidence is crucial if you want to help them make academic progress. This is especially true for

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Adopting Children With SEN

There’s no doubt that parenting is a tough job but being an adoptive parent comes with a host of extra challenges. All children need patience

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Deaf Awareness Week

According to the charity The National Deaf Children’s Society, there are approximately 50,000 children in the UK with a diagnosed hearing loss. Fifty percent of

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Special Needs In Girls

As someone with a diagnosis of autism, dyspraxia, dyslexia and ADHD, Sienna Castellon understands more than most what it is like to live with a

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What is Executive Functioning?

You may have been told that your child has a problem with ‘executive functioning’. Although this might conjure up images of middle-aged men in suits

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SEN Tutor Tips Part Three: Longina

In our series of tutor tips, we’re sharing everyday insights provided by highly talented Special Educational Needs (SEN) tutors, which include practical tips, plus a few

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SEN Tutor Tips Part Two: Sue

In the second of a series of new articles, we’re sharing everyday insights provided by various Special Educational Needs (SEN) tutors, which include practical tips,

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SEN Tutor Tips Part One: Anna

Our tutors have a wealth of knowledge and are dedicated to using their extensive experience and teaching skills to bring out the full potential of

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What are ABA tutors?

What are the benefits (or not!) of ABA tutors? Are they worth it? What is the alternative if you need professional help? As specialists in

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Homeschool Your Child With Dyslexia

As long-established experts in providing specialist dyslexia tutoring to children and young adults, both online and face-to-face, we are well-placed to understand the vital role

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SEN-Friendly Christmas Gift Ideas

SEN-Friendly Christmas Gift Ideas Written by Dana Latter, author of “Against the Odds” for SENsational Tutors Ltd.  You can register for FREE with SENsational Tutors Ltd. here Buying

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