Act now for a chance to learn more about SEN – for just £36 including lunch!

There are just four days left to secure the early bird price for this year’s Towards a Positive Future SEN conference in Newbury.

The conference takes place on June 16th and I’m honoured to be one of the keynote speakers,. NAS president Jane Asher will be leading a Q & A session and other speakers include special needs, legal, education and disability experts.

The conference is for anyone who lives or works with children and young people with SEN and disabilities. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about how to help your child or children you care for and to speak to other parents and experts.

There will be separate seminars dealing with dyslexia, autism and the implications of the green paper. See the full programme details here.

Early bird tickets are just £36 for parents – which considering most conferences are into the hundreds is an incredible deal. Early bird professional tickets are £72.

Book now to avoid disappointment. The event is at the Arlington Arts Centre in Newbury and parking is free. Lunch and refreshments are included.

The conference is sponsored by, among others, SEN Magazine and Pearson Assessment.

The conference organiser, Janet O’Keefe, said, “This conference will focus on what we know works and how this can continue to work whatever the future political or legal system we find ourselves under in the coming months and years. Our aim is that parents of children with special educational needs and the professionals that support them are as informed as possible about the Green Paper, forthcoming changes and future implications on health, education and social care funding so that they can navigate the system successfully.”

For online booking, click here

Special needs news you can use from the last week

Aah, the boys finally returned to school mid-week. They’ve been off so long I’d almost forgotten the way there. I’m not sure which I prefer – the peace and quiet of working undisturbed by regular requests for food against the lack of need to do the stressful school run…

There have been three SNJ posts this week, including Son2 in his fetching lycra Body Sox (see link below), as well as lots of interesting special needs news stories. Check them out below. And, if you haven’t voted for Special Needs Jungle in the BritMums awards yet (see link badge upper left), there’s still time. You know it makes sense.

A Good Image for Asperger Syndrome

Cover for This Last Summer

I’m about to blow my own trumpet, so look away now if  you’re not into hearing people’s good news…

I’ve just published my novel, This Last Summer, on Amazon Kindle and it will also be available in print in a few months. I’m writing about it here because the book features a character with Asperger Syndrome. Ben Chambers isn’t the main character – that’s his TV reporter sister, Maddie, but my aim was to portray a high-functioning character with AS to show that it is perfectly possible for people with AS to live fulfilling lives, despite their difficulties.

Ben is a young man just completing his Phd, still living at home, but often underestimated, even by his own family. Sure, he has difficulties in tough situations – but he has a good support system and this makes all the difference to him.

I hope I’ve done a good job with Ben – if you get a chance to buy the download on either Kindle at Amazon UK, Kindle at Amazon US and Smashwords in all sorts of formats. It’ll also soon be available on ibook and at Barnes and Noble in the US.