Inspiring feedback from a mum about the work and encouragement from the Inclusive Solutions team…
You helped me when my son was struggling at school and fighting for his statement to be appropriate to his needs without excluding him from mainstream school. I wrote a couple of articles for you in the past that were published for many years on your website. I thought that I would write to thank you for the huge difference you made to us, knowing that people believed in inclusive solutions in the same way that we did.
I was told that my son would not talk, he talked. I was told that my son may not walk well, he walks well. I was told that my son had a profound disability and that he needed specialist schooling. He went to mainstream school. I was told at every stage of college life that he would not cope and achieve his qualifications. He has coped and achieved his qualifications. I was told that I was being overly optimistic when I said that my son would live independently, have a partner and a family. My son is now 20 years old and is learning to be independent, he can cook with limited supervision, put dishes in the dishwasher, clean, use the washing machine and the lawn mower. He is learning independent travel programmes and he can now go to visit his girlfriend without support. He is learning more responsibilities as a result of the constant promotion of his independence and refusal to remove him from his community and society. Always believe that things can improve as long as there is family, community and society to support development and achievement.
Click here for useful checklist for building strategies around sensory sensitivities for children and young people with autism.
West Sussex PATH training. Great engagement in West Sussex from participants with a wide range of backgrounds including Social Care, Education, Youth Offending, Charities, Early Years and parent carers.
Sarah from Pembroke Dock area reflects on her own demonstration PATH experience.
Colin Newton and Lucy Power Training lead for Thera provided 60 Thera Managers and Coordinators from East Anglia Thera a day on ‘Good Conversations’ teaching the leadership about the power of welcoming, listening, long view, team ‘hats’, trust, perceptual positioning and deeper understanding of the self and others.
Colin and Elliot Newton spent two days working across schools in Pembrokeshire, from Fishguard to Pembroke Dock, providing training on Person Centred Planning. Wonderful motivation and inclusive action planning and a warm Welsh welcome for us.
Inclusion Manager from Pembroke Dock Primary school reflects on the inclusive impact of using person centred planning in her school. See Leanne’s reflections.
Haverfordwest – Derek Wilson and Colin Newton in Pembrokeshire working in very hot conditions training teachers and Social Workers in Pembrokeshire.
St Helena School in Colchester, Essex – young people and whole staff create shared visions for way forward in this wonderful school. Acceptance of diversity right at the heart.