Free Circles of Support Event at Bents Green School Tomorrow

Owing to a couple of cancellations there are now places available for the Circles of Support event at Bents Green School.

For more information see the Flyer below. To book a place please email Andrea Brewin at

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Council for Disabled Children and Kids are recruiting young people for a new national advisory group

Please note that this is not an Autism Centre project

CDC and KIDS are recruiting for a national group of young people to advise on young people’s participation. We are looking to recruit up to 12 disabled children and young people and those with SEN aged 14-25 years from across England.

The national group will meet in London 3 times a year and there will also be an opportunity for 6 group members to attend a further 3 meetings in regional areas each year. The group will:

  • Work together to share their views and experiences of support and services
  • Give feedback and advice
  • Talk to professionals about how to make positive changes to improve things for all disabled young people

Support our work to ensure all disabled children and young people can be involved in decisions about their care and support

Applications are now open To apply please complete the application form which you can download hereThe deadline for applications is 1pm on Friday 3rd June 2016. The first national young people’s meeting will be held in London on Saturday 2nd July 2016.

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Open Afternoon at Rainbow Horses Learning Centre for Professionals working with children and young people with autism or other social and/or emotional difficulties.

Please note that this is not an Autism Centre event

Open Afternoon at Rainbow Horses Learning Centre, Nottinghamshire,  for Professionals working with children and young people with autism or other social and/or emotional difficulties.

Equine Assisted Therapeutic Learning for children and young people with autism or other social, emotional or communication issues; what’s it all about?

Rainbow horses

Do you work with children or young people with autism?

Do you know children who are struggling with social and/or emotional issues?

Are any of them having difficulty accessing the curriculum or even coming to school or college?

Rainbow Horses Learning Centre is an Approved Alternative Education Provision.

We provide a calm, supportive, outdoor space where children and young people can learn about themselves and develop their strengths.

We offer bespoke packages for groups or individuals wishing to explore issues such as bullying, anxiety, managing behaviour, teamwork and assertiveness.

We can help children achieve nationally recognised qualifications through the Open College Network, through working with the horses.

English, maths and other curriculum subjects can be embedded in practical activities that are motivating and support learning retention.

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Our staff have many years experience of working with children with autism, learning difficulties and emotional issues. We have developed particular skills in working with looked after children.

Want to find out more?

We would be delighted to welcome you to an Open Afternoon at Rainbow Horses Learning Centre.

Please come along and meet the team – horses and humans!

This will be held on Friday 8th July, from 12 to 2.30 pm,

at Hill Farm, 7 Jericho Lane, Barkestone le Vale, NG13 0HF

This will be a chance to experience the emotional impact of being with the horses in the fields, learn how horses model social interactions, see a group Equine Assisted Learning session in action and ask any questions.

A light buffet will be available and there will be the chance for one attendee to win a free 2 hour group session for up to six children.

Please reply to Sue Coombes <> by 1st July if you would like to come.

If you are unable to come but are interested in what we offer, please visit our website at  and get in touch.


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Participants required for student study into Autism and School Refusers

I am studying for an MA (Postgraduate student qualification) at The Autism Centre, Sheffield Hallam University and I’m currently researching the reasons that children with Autism refuse school (and the terminology surrounding this). 

I would really like to get the perspectives of parent/carers, professionals and the young people. If you are interested in contributing or being interviewed please e-mail:

Many Thanks,

Saphire Took


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Chris Packham’s autobiography about growing up with AS is on Radio 4

Chris Packham’s autobiography Fingers in the Sparkle Jar is being serialised this week on Radio 4. It records Chris’s experiences of growing up ‘with’ Asperger Syndrome. You can catch up with the programme at



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Video on teaching strategies for pupils with autism

The Special Education Support Service (SESS), Ireland,  has developed a video (20 mins) to demonstrate a number of evidence-informed techniques for teachers of pupils with autism. The video can be found at

Details about the SESS can be found at


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Re-thinking Autism : Diagnosis, Identity and Equality. Exciting new book coming May 2016

Look out for a chapter on ‘Schools without labels’ by The Autism Centre’s Nick Hodge in a new book that challenges some of the traditional ways that we think about and respond to autism.

Re-thinking Autism

See flyer for more information: RunswickColeMallettTimimi – Rethinking Autism-2


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