Special Educational Needs and Disability blog

  • Discontinuation of Conners 3rd Edition Paper Products

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    Multi-Health Systems Inc. (MHS) has announced that as of 31st December 2023, they will discontinue the sale of all Conners 3 paper products (Quikscore/handscored forms and manuals). The following products will therefore no longer be available for purchase.

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  • How Digital Assessment Is Enhancing the Training Experience for the Clinical Psychology and Allied Health Professionals of the Future

    by Robert Reilly-Craig

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    The sudden and unprecedented shutdown of university campuses due to the COVID-19 pandemic forced educators to face the most jarring and rapid change of perhaps any profession in history. With very little notice, educators were asked to quickly create a virtual learning environment. Online learning became the default with many employing a simple “remote learning” approach via live Zoom classes. This presented challenges for both educators and trainees alike including isolation, lack of motivation in online learners and  technical difficulties with online teaching tools.

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  • The Rise of Digital Assessments

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    The shift to digital 

    I wonder how often we stop to look at our work or home environment and reflect on when technology became the ‘norm’. If you are like me, the answer to this question may not be very often at all! However, as I write this, I am surrounded by a wireless mouse (launched 1991), a mobile phone (first launched in 1984), and a laptop (launched in 1981) just for starters.

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  • Undiagnosed

    In the UK, the average age of an autism diagnosis is four years old. There are many factors that affect when someone is given a diagnosis one of which is gender. Females – on average – are diagnosed later than males. This is not taking into account the emerging realisation that autistic people are more likely to be transgender as is becoming clear.

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  • Language acquisition with ASD

    Language acquisition is at the heart of children’s psychological development. Learning words underpins children’s ability to communicate with others and navigate the social world. However, word learning can be severely impacted by autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  

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  • Embracing the differences of the dyslexic mind

    As parents we want everything for our children. We want them to be creative and original thinkers, but, although we may know it’s not the be-all and end-all, we also want our children to make linear progress across the board and have no bumps in their life’s road.

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  • Play (the work of children)

    In classrooms up and down the land *we have all seen young children working hard to express themselves, we have seen them working hard to understand what is being asked of them and we have seen them working hard to maintain their attention on the task at hand, we see children in the playground working hard to make and maintain friendships and we know how hard this work is for some children.  

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  • Perspective of a therapist in a specialist SEN school

    With an ever-growing body of evidence suggesting high and increasing levels of mental health difficulties in children, alongside the significant majority of children with clinical levels of mental health need not being seen by mental health services, schools are under increasing pressure to provide mental health support themselves.

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