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March 2019

Developing Early Feeding Skills with Geri Pinnock (OT) and Playskill SLT

March 5 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Lemarie Center Watford, 524 St Albans Road
Watford, WD24 7RX United Kingdom
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Including the basic requirements for developing self feeding skills. A demonstration of a back chaining feeding programme to develop independent feeding skills. Theresa Redmond Speech and Language Therapist will be present to explain/answer any questions regarding feeding problems related to oral motor control. Venue: Dance Studio 524 at Lemarie Centre

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SEND Navigator: The Complete Guide to SEND World Services, Support and Jargon in Hertfordshire with Lisa Thomas (Playskill Parent Support Worker)

March 9 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
The Lemarie Center Watford, 524 St Albans Road
Watford, WD24 7RX United Kingdom
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Venue: Dance Studio 524 at the Lemarie centre

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Reading with Charlotte Kohnhorst (Teacher & Assessor of Specific Learning Difficulties)

March 14 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
ASDA Watford, Community Room, Odhams Industrial Estate, St Albans Road
Watford, Hertfordshire WD24 7RT United Kingdom
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Reading is a KEY SKILL. Parents of preschool children can help build firm foundations for later reading development. Children already at school need a great deal of support from their parents if they are to become competent, fluent readers. We will discuss the different ways to approach the task and how to work out which method to emphasise, for each individual child, taking into account his/her difficulties. This talk is suitable for parents of preschool children and pupils right up…

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Switch skills to support early education and progress towards AAC with Lynsay McFarlane-Shaw, OT and Laurel Allen, SLT.

March 21 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
ASDA Watford, Community Room, Odhams Industrial Estate, St Albans Road
Watford, Hertfordshire WD24 7RT United Kingdom
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This session will cover: play with switch toys, switches for simple Voice Output and beyond, and apps for iPad/tablets and how to use them for learning. Lynsay and Laurel will discuss key considerations for using switches for early cause & effect learning, to spark communication and developing onto 2 switch use.  A variety of switch types will be explored. Ideas for home use will be included. Also included will be alternatives to traditional or onscreen keyboard access, with options on…

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April 2019

Either Manual Handling or Dietician’s Q&A session

April 1 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
The Lemarie Center Watford, 524 St Albans Road
Watford, WD24 7RX United Kingdom
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Manual Handling with Helen Brind (Physiotherapist)  Understand the reasons why you need to know how to move and handle correctly.  Understand the basic theory of how your spine works, common injuries and how you can avoid them.  Understand the key factors to take into account before undertaking moving or lifting Dietitian’s Q&A session with Stephanie Fade (Dietitian at Eatingmindset.com) Questions may be submitted in advance by Weds 25 March to [email protected] or brought to the session. and Carers in Herts…

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May 2019

Sailing Saturday 11 May 2019 with CVSS at Bury Lake, Rickmansworth Aquadrome

May 11 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Bury Lake, Bury Lake, Rickmansworth Aquadrome, Frogmoor Lane Hertfordshire WD3 1NB United Kingdom + Google Map
Dads' sailing event

Booking is essential This is a wonderful opportunity for Dads, Uncles or Grandads and Playskill children and/or their siblings to enjoy sailing, in Colne Valley Special Sailors specially adapted two-seater sailing boats.  Hoists are available. Mums are very welcome to come along and watch or to sail with the children too. Andrea will be there on the quayside. (There are also some six-seater Katakanus; CVSS require 2 x Playskill dads/uncles etc, in each boat just to paddle) Children need to…

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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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