Succeeding with SEND series
This exclusive series of conversations will unite SEND specialists and young people in insightful conversations to help challenge the negative perceptions and assumptions placed on individuals with Dyslexia and Autism.
This series of discussions will explore the young person's path to diagnosis and the expert support they were provided, to help them overcome challenges and access opportunities that have enabled them to progress successfully throughout their education.
In support of Dyslexia Awarness month, the series launched with a focus on Dyslexia on the 14th of October, with Helen Boden, CEO of the British Dyslexia Association. Followed by a focus on Autism with Dr Calum Harley in November. Sign up below to gain access to both videos.
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Helen Boden, CEO, British Dyslexia Association
With a background in education and training since 1990 and a qualified specialist dyslexia teacher, Helen began work for the BDA in 2002 and has been with the organisation for 15 of the last 17 years.
After running the organisation’s training department, Helen became CEO in March 2018, with a focus on empowering dyslexics through lobbying, raising awareness, training and direct support.
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Dr Calum Hartley is a Lecturer in Psychology at Lancaster University.
He is an internationally-recognised expert in autism and his research focuses on how this disorder impacts children’s symbolic communication.
Calum was awarded his PhD in 2014 which investigated how minimally verbal children with autism understand pictures and words. In 2016, he was awarded a Future Research Leaders Fellowship by the Economic and Social Research Council to profile how children with autism identify, retain, and generalise the meanings of words. Calum is currently supervising several PhD projects exploring this topic. He is also interested in aspects of social cognition, including sharing and ownership, and is involved in a long-running outreach project (‘Science Hunters’) that uses Minecraft to introduce science to children with special educational needs.
For more information about Calum’s publications, please visit his university web page.
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