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May 2019

Preparing for School – Transition Planning Principles with Lisa Thomas (Playskill Parent Support Worker)

May 14 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 pm
The Lemarie Center Watford, 524 St Albans Road
Watford, WD24 7RX United Kingdom
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Find out how parents and education settings can work together to prepare to receive your child with special needs.  Will also be useful for those thinking of starting nursery/pre-school/school in the next year. We will explore: Role of teachers, SENCo’s, therapists & other practitioners you may meet. Inclusion & reasonable adjustments Guidance on meeting health needs When SEN Support arrangements & Education Health & Care Plans (EHCP) might apply First day success Download Booking Form (.docx)

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New to Playskill Parents in Spring or Summer Term – MANDATORY Play themed training with Karen Belmont (Playskill SLT) & Geri Pinnock (OT)

May 14 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Lemarie Center Watford, 524 St Albans Road
Watford, WD24 7RX United Kingdom
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Geri and Karen will take you through a typical Playskill session giving you an idea of what to expect and why we do what we do. We want you to get ideas about how you can help your child learn through play and fun. If they are exploring, socialising or creating, then they are learning. Warning: this session may contain bubbles! Download Booking Form (.docx)

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Developing or improving a fit for purpose EHCP with Lisa Thomas (Playskill Parent Support Worker) 

May 23 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Lemarie Center Watford, 524 St Albans Road
Watford, WD24 7RX United Kingdom
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This EHCP workshop aims to build confidence for those who have already grasped EHCP basics. Focussing on what makes a quality EHCP, we will look at how to: Include all needs Develop SMART outcomes. Ensure provision to meet all needs Check a draft plans Prepare for meetings Resolve issues constructively with partners Find further help   As well as theory I aim to consider some specific personal queries depending on numbers attending and I will manage this strictly for fairness on the day, 1 per person…

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Numeracy 1 Foundations of Numeracy with Charlotte Kohnhorst (Teacher & Assessor of Specific Learning Difficulties)

May 23 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
ASDA Watford, Community Room, Odhams Industrial Estate, St Albans Road
Watford, Hertfordshire WD24 7RT United Kingdom
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Charlotte will be talking about Foundations of Numeracy for age 3 and upwards. Most of us tend to count with our children from an early stage ... stairs, socks, sweets, spoonful’s and so-on.  But learning to say a sequence of words is not the same thing as understanding number facts or being able to count objects correctly. This talk will focus on what is known about how number awareness develops in the early years and what you can do to…

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June 2019

Developing Fine Motor and Pencil Skills with Geri Pinnock (OT)

June 6 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
ASDA Watford, Community Room, Odhams Industrial Estate, St Albans Road
Watford, Hertfordshire WD24 7RT United Kingdom
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Geri will discuss the development of fine motor skills and explain the developmental requisites a child needs to have attained before they can learn to write. She will cover early pencil skills, and pre-writing patterns to letter formation. 'The role of the Occupational Therapist, and consideration of equipment and strategies to support fine motor control will also be included.' * For those looking at handwriting we suggest you attend both 6 June and 27 June (Spelling and handwriting Follow On) Download Booking…

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Housing Adaptations with Rachel Reeder (OT)

June 11 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Lemarie Center Watford, 524 St Albans Road
Watford, WD24 7RX United Kingdom
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Rachel is a specialist OT based in the grants section of a London Borough social services. She will talk about possible major adaptations to make a family home accessible and is happy to answer your queries on this topic.  Questions may be submitted in advance by Tues 4 June to [email protected] or brought to the session. Download Booking Form (.docx)

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Spelling (at word level) and Handwriting Follow On with Charlotte Kohnhorst (Teacher & Assessor of Specific Learning Difficulties)

June 27 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
ASDA Watford, Community Room, Odhams Industrial Estate, St Albans Road
Watford, Hertfordshire WD24 7RT United Kingdom
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Charlotte will cover the next stage when children have to combine beginning to spell and develop handwriting skills, at the same time.  She will talk about techniques to teach both skills in a structured and effective way. Parents of children currently attending Playskill aged at least 4, and those parents with children now attending primary or secondary school who are experiencing difficulty, are welcome to attend this session.   Download Booking Form (.docx)

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July 2019

Physiotherapy Training with Helen Brind, Andrea Clarke and Sue Upcott (Playskill Paediatric Physiotherapists)

July 2 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Lemarie Center Watford, 524 St Albans Road
Watford, WD24 7RX United Kingdom
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We will be explaining altered muscle tone and how it is managed, Lycra garments and lower limb orthotics, the development of gait and higher gross-motor skills including bicycling.   Download Booking Form (.docx)

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Hypermobility with Sarah Masters and Physical Activity & Local Options with Sue Upcott (Playskill Paediatric Physiotherapists)

July 9 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 pm
The Lemarie Center Watford, 524 St Albans Road
Watford, WD24 7RX United Kingdom
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Sarah will be talking on the hyper mobile child - how hyper mobility can affect children and management strategies to help overcome some of the challenges children might face. Sue will talk about the benefits of various sports and physical activities and where you might access these for your children in the local area. We also welcome your own recommendations.   Download Booking Form (.docx)

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Playskill Summer Beach Theme Party

July 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Soul Survivor, 5-7 Greycaine Road
Watford, WD24 7GP United Kingdom
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For current Playskill children (except HPM): Watford AM, Watford PM, Garston AM, Dome PM & Hemel AM 1.00pm until 2.30pm at Soul Survivor, Warehouse 7, Greycaine Road, Watford, WD24 7GP This will be a beach theme party, so we will be having lots of fun playing with sand and water.  PLEASE BRING CLOTHES FOR GETTING WET AND A TOWEL TO DRY OFF AGAIN!  There will be party food for all to enjoy. Please click on the link below for online sign up:…

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