Services for children and young people in Northamptonshire (aged 0-25) with special educational needs and disabilities.

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Special Needs Index (SNIX) newsletter

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Social media

You can keep up-to-date with news and events with our social media accounts. The accounts are monitored Monday to Friday (9am to 5pm) by Kathy, Julia and Leanne. We regularly share information from service providers listed on our website.

Upcoming events

Summer SENDsation 2017

Summer SENDsation 2017 will showcase all the brilliant the services available to children and young people with Special Educational Needs and disabilities (and their families) in Northamptonshire. Last year’s event attracted more than 250 local families. We hope to make Summer SENDsation 2017 even better!

Over the coming months, we’ll use our Facebook event-page to make decisions about Summer SENDsation 2017. Which services should be there, and which activities or entertainment would you like to see? Join our event to get involved and have your say!

Where: Northampton College, Booth Lane, Northampton, NN3 3RF

When: Sunday 11 June 2017, 12pm to 4pm

If you would like to come to SummerSENDsation as a service provider, or to sponsor our event, please view the information pack below for details.

Deafconnect

Deafconnect children and families service hold activities for children who are deaf and those who have a hearing impairment. View the poster below for upcoming events:

Northamptonshire Libraries and Country Parks

Activities for children and families at Northamptonshire Libraries and Country Parks.

View the libraries and country parks events calendar

Northampton Museums

Activities and workshops for children and families Northampton Museum and Art Gallery and Abington Park Museum.

Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust (NMPAT)

NMPAT's "Relaxed Sing-alongs" are particularly suitable for children with special needs due to their relaxed and supportive atmosphere. The sing-alongs include; multi-sensory effects, switches, Makaton signing and instruments. Parents, carers and siblings are welcome - free for all.

When: April 29 , May 20,  June 24 2017 (10:30am to 11:30am)

Where: Latimer Arts College Castle Way, Barton Seagrave, NN15 6ST

For further information, call 01604 637117 or email kettering@nmpat.co.uk

Northamptonshire Sport

Do you like playing sport? Would you like to be part of one of the biggest sports programmes in the world? Find out how to get involved in the Special Olympics in Northamptonshire below:

Carers Support

View a wide range of activities and events for carers.

For more information go to the Northamptonshire Carers website:

Training opportunities

​TrainingDate and timeVenue​Further information​
​Early years SEN training​Various​​​Various

​Training for staff working with young children with special educational needs.

​Early years foundation courses​VariousVarious​

Training for staff working with young children.

​Unlocking Opportunities

​Online​Online

Free online training to help schools to meet their Equality Act duties and remove barriers to education for disabled learners.

​Advanced TrainingOnline​Online

​Free online training materials about Special Educational Needs for professionals. Please note, this training was published in 2012, some information may be out of date.

​Anti-Bullying Alliance​Online ​Online

Free online training about bullying for professionals.

​Disability Matters Online​​Online

Free online training about disability for the UK workforce.

Northamptonshire Educational Psychology Services  ​VariousVarious

Targeted mental health in schools (TAMHS) and learning focused courses for teachers, teaching assistants and SENCO staff in LA maintained, academy and free mainstream schools.

​Children's Speech and Language Therapy​Various​Various

​Training for teachers, teaching assistants and SENCO staff in LA maintained, academy and free mainstream primary schools.

​Disabled Living Various​Various​

Training programmes for professionals, parents and carers.

​Adult Learning​Various​Various

BSL courses for adults.

​Specialist Support Services Various​Various​

Courses for parents/carers of children and young people with a diagnosis of autism and other special educational needs or disabilities.

​Deafconnect

Saturdays starting on 22 April 2017 for 6 weeks

1:30pm​ to 3pm

​Spencer Dallington Community Centre, Tintern Avenue Northampton

​Family Sign Language

​Specialist Support Service

​9, 16 May 2017 (two week course)

09:45am to 11:45am

​Abington Community Centre, Wheatfield Road South

Northampton

​"Food" workshop for parents/carers of children with ASD.

​Specialist Support Service

​9, 16, 23 May 2017 (three week course

6pm to 8pm

​Wellingborough URC

Salem Hall, Salem Lane, Wellingborough

"Anxiety" workshop for parents/carers of children with ASD.

Wren Spinney Community Special School & Time 4 Support

​9 May 2017

10am to 12pm

​Wren Spinney Community Special School, Westover Road, Kettering

​Small event about transitions for parents and young people.

Contact Cindy Baylis: CBaylis@wrenspinney.co.uk for information

​Specialist Support Service

​11,18, 25 May 2017

6pm to 8pm

​Abington Community Centre, Wheatfield Road South, Northampton

​"Anxiety" workshop for parents/carers of children with ASD.

 

​Thrive Occupational Therapy Services, Ltd.

​16 May 2017

9:30am to 10:45am

Kings Heath Primary School, ​North Oval, King's Heath, Northampton

​"Strategies for Sensory Processing" workshop for parents.

Thrive Occupational Therapy Services, Ltd.

16 May 2017​

11am to 12:15pm

​Kings Heath Primary School, North Oval, King's Heath, Northampton

​"Strategies for Coordination Difficulties" workshop for parents.

​Autism Know How

18 May 2017

9:15am to 12:15pm​

​Denfield Park Primary School, Victoria Road, Rushden

​"ASD and Understanding Anger" training for parents and professionals.

​Wren Spinney Community Special School & Time 4 Support​18 May 2017

 

9:30am to 12pm

​​The Beehive, Harborough Road, Northampton

​Large event about transitions for parents and young people.

Contact Cindy Baylis: CBaylis@wrenspinney.co.uk for information

Thrive Occupational Therapy Services, Ltd.

​23 May 2017

9:30am to 10:45am

​Kings Heath Primary School, North Oval, King's Heath, Northampton

​"Strategies for Picky Eaters" workshop for parents.

​Thrive Occupational Therapy Services, Ltd.

​23 May 2017

11:00am to 12:15pm

​Kings Heath Primary School, North Oval, King's Heath, Northampton

"​Sensory Strategies for Sleep" workshop for parents.

​Autism Know How​25 May 2017

9:15am to 12:15pm

​St Andrew's CEVA Primary School, Ecton Brook Road, Northampton

"​ASD and Managing Behaviour" training for parents and professionals.

​Specialist Support Service

​6 June 2017

9:15am to 12:15pm

​Abington Community Centre, Wheatfield Road South, Northampton

​"Sensory Workshop" for parents/carers of children with ASD

​Specialist Support Service

​7, 14, 21 June 2017 (three week course)

6pm to 8pm

​Sponne School,

Brackley Road, Towcester

"Anxiety" workshop for parents/carers of children with ASD

​Specialist Support Service

​7, 21 June, 5 July 2017 (three week course)

6pm to 8pm

​​Wellingborough URC

Salem Hall, Salem Lane, Wellingborough

"​Anger" workshop for parents/carers of children with ASD

​Scope Sleep Solutions

(at Summer SENDsation)

​11 June 2017

12.45pm to 13.05pm 

Northampton College, Booth Lane, Northampton

​Free Sleep Solutions taster workshop for parents.

​ADHD Smart 

(at Summer SENDsation)

​11 June 2017

1.15pm to 1.35pm

​Northampton College, Booth Lane, Northampton

Free "​123 Magic" behaviour management taster workshop for parents.

​Specialist Support Service

(at Summer SENDsation)

​11 June 2017

1:45pm - 2.05pm

​Northampton College, Booth Lane, Northampton

​Free "Visual Aids" taster workshop for parents.

​Specialist Support Service

(at Summer SENDsation)

​11 June 2017

2.15pm to 2.35pm

​Northampton College, Booth Lane, Northampton

​Free "Early Years Communication" taster workshop for parents.

​Department for Work and Pensions

(at Summer SENDsation)

​11 June 2017

2:45pm to 3.05pm

​Northampton College, Booth Lane, Northampton

​Free "Job Opportunities" workshop for parents.

​Speech & Language Therapy

(at Summer SENDsation)

​11 June 2017

3:15pm 3:35pm

​Northampton College, Booth Lane, Northampton

​Free "Augmentative and Alternative Communication - ACC" workshop for parents.

​Specialist Support Services

12, 19, 26 June 2017 (three week course)

9:45am to 11:45am 

​Tesco Community Room, Victoria Park, Tunnells Mill Lane, Wellingborough

​"Toileting" workshop for parents/carers of children with ASD

​Northamptonshire Dyslexia Association

13 June 2017

Commencing 7:30pm​

​Delapre Community Rooms, Alton Street, Off Main Road, Northampton

​"Supporting Dyslexic Children and Assistive Technology" talk and AGM for parents and professionals. Download a booking form from their website.

​​Autism Know How​15 June 2017

9:15am to 12:15pm

​Priors Hall - A Learning Community, Gretton Road, Corby

​"ASD and Developing Better Communication Including Social Scripts and Comic Strip Conversations" for parents and professionals.

Northampton University

16 June 2017

9am to 4pm 

​Cottesbrooke Building, University of Northampton, Park Campus, Boughton Green Road, Northampton

​"Autism Study Day: Celebrating Autism Good Practice " for parents and professionals.

​Specialist Support Service

​3, 10, 17 July 2017 (three week course)

9:45am to 11:45am

​Tesco Community Room, Victoria Park,

Tunnells Mill Lane, Wellingborough

​"Sensory Workshop" for parents/carers of children with ASD

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Sensory sessions Boost Trampoline Parks for children with additional needs, is the first Wednesday of the month.

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The Transition Event Midlands

This transition event, held by My Family Our Needs is a conference and exhibition discussing the future for young adults with additional needs.

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20/03/2017 13:21
some of the events we have been to and are planning for 2017, including 2020 and Summer Sendsation
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An opportunity to look back at the last year on the Local Offer
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This article was sent to us for our SNIX magazine about the secret joys of having a baby with Downs.
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Inspired by a summer of sport with success at Wimbledon and in Rio? There are plenty of sporting opportunities in Northamptonshire to join in with