Connie Lyle-O’Brien and John O’Brien explore the complexity of choice for people with developmental disabilities in the absence of a breadth of experience, and a strong network of relationships.
Let’s stop asking what’s wrong with you and instead ask what’s happened to you?
Narrative approaches were initially developed by Australian, Michael White, and New Zealander, David Epston. These are still optimistic possibilities at a time of great negativity, exclusion and segregation in the UK and elsewhere.
Lucy Power, Claire Darwin and Colin Newton provided follow up training for SEND caseworkers from Nottinghamshire on chairing multi agency meetings over 2 action packed days. The use of the MAP process and work on Transactional Analysis was appreciated.
Colin and Louis Newton carried out person centred planning with 10 year old with complex needs about to make secondary transfer from inclusive primary school. Big concerns he would not stay in the room for the full 2 hour PATH – but he did!
Apologies first of all but this post is all about me! As a full-time wheelchair user with cerebral palsy it is essential that I manage the effects of my disability effectively. I realise that I have been extremely fortunate to receive considerable support from a very large group of people; Family, friends, contacts etc. who have enabled me to achieve quite a lot so far including two degrees and the foundation of a consultancy business.
Colin and Derek provided a one day in depth introduction to Person Centred Planning for Babcock Educational Psychologists and the SEN team of Devon
Thinking ahead is the name of the game here! The practical reality is that a successful, career minded individuals who have to manage additional considerations, always need to think two or three steps ahead of everyone else. They often do in fact.
The UK exclusion figures are now even worse than ever (School exclusion rates in London double the national average, 12 January 2019). The most recent figures from the DfE reveal that 7,720 young people were permanently excluded from schools in 2016-17. Of these, more than half, were in year 9 or above. Children eligible for free school meals were more than four times more likely to be excluded than those not eligible, children with special educational needs more than six times more likely than those not, and there were disproportionate numbers from certain ethnic heritages among those excluded.
While it may seem obvious that being inclusive is important, whether legally or holding a firm belief around doing good in society, there is often one perspective which gets overlooked; the business case.
Colin and Jacqui Newton provided NEPS – the national Irish educational psychologist service Person Centred Planning training