The Ups of Downs Warwickshire – Circle of Friends for secondary schools

Rich training day in Warwickshire for staff and parents of secondary age young people with Downs Syndrome. Colin and Derek offered training on inclusion and the Circle of Friends approach. UPS OF DOWNS – very impressive campaigning group – speaking up for the right to life, inclusive education – as well as the tremendous value of citizens with Downs in our communities and families.

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Person centred planning with energetic young people – the 10 Principles

He won’t sit still that long!

 How often do we hear those words when we describe a PATH or a MAP meeting likely to last up to 2 hours? This is particularly true of young people labelled with Autistic spectrum conditions (ASC), or attention deficit hyperactivity difficulties (ADHD) but often applied to those with social disadvantage, hyper-vigilant, learning or behaviour challenges. Often, they are boys but not always.

Previous meeting experiences and observations of the focus child in classrooms and other challenging situations lead those who know him best to suggest he has a short attention span and an inability to sit through a planning session.

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Great Book Review


Review of PCP Together book

Aimed at the practitioner, this resource is a must have for those wishing to run and be involved with Person-Centred Planning. The resource covers a wide range of PCP approaches, including MAPS, PATHs and One-Page Profiles, amongst others. Each is brought to life with examples, practical ideas and beautifully vibrant illustrations that engage the reader from start to finish. Useful as both a practical resource as well as a reference book, it will prove invaluable to anyone interested in PCP. This will certainly be a key resource on our programme and a must have resource for all other training programmes and practitioners who wish to adopt a person-centred approach to planning and assessment.

Dr Nick Hammond, Programme Director, Doctorate in Educational Psychology, University of East Anglia (UEA)

‘Person Centred Planning Together’ Book reviewed positively in Educational Psychology in Practice – this month!

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