Bonus episode: This is a live recording from a ‘Facebook Live’ I hosted this week. It took place in a group aimed at general support through the Covid-19 Crisis, in the island of Jersey, where I am from.
I took this opportunity to talk to parents and carers about potential strategies that could be helpful for families with children with special needs, when spending all day at home.
Zafer Elcik, founder of the Otsimo educational apps joins Steph Reed to discuss how he originally built the apps to help teach his brother. Zafer works alongside educators, speech and language therapists and families to develop educational games aimed at learning different concepts, as well as a free open source AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) tool in Turkish and English.
Jenny McLaughlan, founder of Chewigem, a support community for different sensory needs as well as a range of chewing, fidget and sensory aids for children and adults joins Steph on he podcast. Hear some great sensory related success stories!
Steph Reed, autism specialist teacher discusses and poses questions about enhancing communication at school and home through adapting the environment, our teaching approach and resources.
Angela Charalambous, a reading specialist from the Workshop Reading Centre in Johannesburg discusses strategies to support children to enjoy reading and feel more confident.
Jane Crawford and Helen Cottell from the West Sussex County Council Autism and Social Communication Team discuss the information in the ‘Evidence Based Guide to Anxiety in Autism’ put together with Sebastian Gaigg from the Autism Research Group at City University of London. Themes covered include how anxiety presents differently in autism, the potential causes of anxiety and practical strategies to help and support.
Autism specialist teacher Steph Reed shares success stories that highlight the effectiveness of visual resources to enhance understanding and communication for autistic children. With practical examples of experiences where visual resources have had a big impact and has helped with children’s communication, independence and learning.
Steph and Richard Semmens discuss the impact of the special interest group ‘The Engine Shed’ on the community and the importance of using special interests in engaging autistic children and young people. Richard also talks through his recent autism diagnosis.