#rEDBlackpool My Day at the Research Conference | cherrylkd

I would like to share with you my thoughts on Blackpool’s first #ResearchEd Conference, more of these conferences to come I hope.

My friend Carolyn O’Connor and I arrived promptly by 9 am and were greeted by some incredibly polite and helpful students from St Mary’s Academy. They are a credit to their school and Stephen Tierney as Executive Head and Simon Eccles as head teacher should be very proud of their students.

After signing in we moved down to the hall for refreshments then stopped and chatted to a number of people including in no particular order, Stephen Tierney, Simon Cox, Tom…

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Who knew? | cherrylkd

This quick post is for the special school teachers out there who will totally understand what I’m talking about. Other teachers are of course welcome to read but you might think I’ve gone slightly mad.

This morning I was thinking about Tuesday and the fact that I’m out of school on a course for a good deal of the day. I was mulling over what to do with Doodles, our school dog when our neighbour knocked on the door. Upon entering the house Doodles began leaping around like a 3 month old puppy. As of last week Doodles is 12 months old. This type of behaviour, cute as it is is becoming…

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In defence of weighted items for ADHD | cherrylkd

On January 20th 2018 The guardian published this article about children with ADHD wearing sand filled vests weighing up to 6kg. The article was both alarmist and greatly exaggerated. It then went on to give scant details about the challenges children with ADHD face in the classroom and did not show how they often suffer with their symptoms a a result. I talked extensively about how ADHD/ASC presents for one child in my school here and it isn’t hard to see how her behaviour affects the rest of the class. A suitable solution is needed for all concerned.

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New Year, New Start. | cherrylkd

As we enter 2018 we would like to wish all our friends and followers a very happy, healthy and successful new year. It is with great pleasure that we are proud to have almost reached three years of hosting #SENexchange chats. We have surpassed our expectations in terms of followers and are pleased to notice our follower count growing on a weekly basis. We firmly believe that we are stronger together and that through SENexchange we can be a supportive force for each other.

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New Year, New Start. | cherrylkd

As we enter 2018 we would like to wish all our friends and followers a very happy, healthy and successful new year. It is with great pleasure that we are proud to have almost reached three years of hosting #SENexchange chats. We have surpassed our expectations in terms of followers and are pleased to notice our follower count growing on a weekly basis. We firmly believe that we are stronger together and that through SENexchange we can be a supportive force for each other.

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Doodles Saves The Day. | cherrylkd

It’s that time of the year when many children struggle to cope with the daily routine of school. School is their safe haven away from home. It is the place where they have learnt to trust people other than their parents and to know that those people will always have their best interests at heart.  At Christmas time the cracks begin to appear for the children and some just can’t cope. There’s a very good reason for that, the routine they need and cherish so much in schools disappears out of the window at Christmas time. Teachers and teaching assistants have the best intentions, they try their…

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More Success with Doodles the Therapy Dog | cherrylkd

Those of you who follow my blog or read my tweets will know that I am the proud owner of our school’s therapy dog called Doodles. Here’s a quick recap for those of you who are unaware of Doodles. Doodles is my puppy, a Schnoodle,  purchased especially for the purpose of being trained to help our very special children while they are in school. He is now 7 months old and is quite possibly the cutest, most cuddly puppy you have ever seen.

Doodles has had a huge impact on the children since he arrived in June. He’s had a calming influence and brought a smile to many a tear stained face. He has…

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