A Word From Your Organiser, Janet O’Keefe …

Having worked as a speech and language therapist for over 30 years both in the NHS and as an independent therapist, I have worked with many inspirational families, every one of whom has taught me about individual differences, how children learn, and how to communicate better.

Inspiration for my book and this conference came both from my work as an Expert Speech and Language Therapy Witness but also the adoptive parent of a child with a life-threatening medical condition and special educational needs.

Governments monitor the outcomes of the processes but not the emotional impact, or the stress, or even the educational or life outcome.

This conference will focus on what we know works and how this can continue to work whatever the political or legal system we find ourselves with.

Our aim is that parents of children with special educational needs and the professionals that support them are as informed as possible about the future implications on health, education and social care funding so that they can navigate the system successfully.

The annual ‘Towards a Positive Future’ conference began in October 2011 with the launch of my book of the same title.

You need to come to this conference if you live or work with children with:

  • Autistic Spectrum Condition including Asperger Syndrome
  • Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties (BESD) including ADHD
  • Specific Learning Disability (Dyslexia)
  • Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) including hearing impairment/deafness
  • Moderate or Severe Learning Disability/Complex Needs including physical disability and head injury

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for a fantastic conference. It was so informative and I came home with my head buzzing with all so many new paths to follow. The venue and food was great too! Thank you so much. I am recommeding it to my fellow foster carers at Chrysalis Care and also to the FASD group – and NOFAS. Thank you again.

Avril Head

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