Category Archives: Special Educational Needs

New books on their way: Journey Through Assesment and Food and SEN Children

New Special Needs Books I just got an exciting package through the post today: it’s the advance copies for my new books which come out at the end of the month. Find out more about each book here if you’re feeling impatient – it looks like Amazon has the first one in stock already.
The Journey Through Assessment: Help for Parents with a Special Needs Child

Food and Your Special Needs Child

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Does your child have sleep problems and special needs or a disability?

Does your child with special needs also have sleep issues? I’m looking for parents willing to share their experiences for a new book on sleep I’m writing with Victoria Dawson.

This book covers children aged 2-19 rather than babies.

Get in touch via mail@antoniachitty.co.uk or the contact form, and I’ll send you a few questions to answer. Please share this if you know anyone who might be interested.

Eating and Special Needs

Eating and Special Needs

Children with special needs may have accompanying issues with food and eating.  Antonia Chitty and Victoria Dawson are currently researching this area in order to produce a book for parents to guide them through issues around eating.  As part of the research they are keen to hear from parents who have had difficulties with their child’s eating.  The aim of this book is to provide parents with practical support, warn them of avoidable problems and offer emotional support at what can be a difficult time.  Your co-operation in completing this questionnaire would be very much appreciated.

About Your Child

  • Does your child have a diagnosis?

 

  • What exactly are their eating issues?

 

  • When did the eating issues first begin?

 

  • How are the eating issues managed?

 

  • How has the eating issue affected their lives eg school, social life etc?

 

  • How has the eating issue impacted on your life as a parent?

 

  • Do they have any food allergies if so how do you manage this?

 

 

 

 

Professional Help

 

  • Which professionals have been involved in your child’s case?

 

  • Have you had enough support?

 

Practical Tips for other parents

 

  • How did you find out information about eating issues?

 

 

  • Were you ever in denial about your child’s needs?  If so can you explain how this felt and what made things change?

 

  • What tips can you pass on to help other parents around managing eating issues?

 

 

 

  • What do you wish you’d known about eating issues that you know now?

 

 

If you wish to fill this in anonymously then you do not need to complete the details below.  If however you would like us to keep in touch with you and you do not mind us contacting you for further information, please provide your contact details

 

Name:

 

Email:

 

We would like to use your comments in the book. All responses will be anonymous and names will be changed.  Any information that you provide that is printed will be checked with you first for accuracy via email.  Please indicate below if we can use your comments and experiences to help other parents:

 

Yes, you may use my comments anonymously

No, I don’t want to be quoted.

Children with Special Needs and Food – Your Help Needed

Eating and Special Needs

Children with special needs may have accompanying issues with food and eating.  Antonia Chitty and Victoria Dawson are currently researching this area in order to produce a book for parents to guide them through issues around eating.  As part of the research they are keen to hear from parents who have had difficulties with their child’s eating.  The aim of this book is to provide parents with practical support, warn them of avoidable problems and offer emotional support at what can be a difficult time.  Your co-operation in completing this questionnaire would be very much appreciated. Please email your answers to antonia @ aceinspire.com

About Your Child

  • Does your child have a diagnosis?

 

  • What exactly are their eating issues?

 

  • When did the eating issues first begin?

 

  • How are the eating issues managed?

 

  • How has the eating issue affected their lives eg school, social life etc?

 

  • How has the eating issue impacted on your life as a parent?

 

  • Do they have any food allergies if so how do you manage this?

Professional Help

  • Which professionals have been involved in your child’s case?
  • Have you had enough support?

 

Practical Tips for other parents

  • How did you find out information about eating issues?
  • Were you ever in denial about your child’s needs?  If so can you explain how this felt and what made things change?
  • What tips can you pass on to help other parents around managing eating issues?
  • What do you wish you’d known about eating issues that you know now?

If you wish to fill this in anonymously then you do not need to complete the details below.  If however you would like us to keep in touch with you and you do not mind us contacting you for further information, please provide your contact details

 

Name:

 

Email:

 

We would like to use your comments in the book. All responses will be anonymous and names will be changed.  Any information that you provide that is printed will be checked with you first for accuracy via email.  Please indicate below if we can use your comments and experiences to help other parents:

 

Yes, you may use my comments anonymously

No, I don’t want to be quoted.

Can you help: children with special needs and food

I’ve been asked by one of my publishers to look into the possibilities for a book about food and children with special needs. I want to scope out what this book might cover, and whether this is actually the book that parents of kids with special needs really need, or if there is another area that is more of an issue. So, can you help me by answering a couple of questions:

  1. If your child has special needs, what are the biggest issues for you right now?
  2. And is food/eating an issue? What problems have you experienced, what has helped?

Please write your comments below or use the Family Friendly Working contact form. And if you can pass this on to other parents or share this link on your blog, please do!

Review: Special Educational Needs: A Parent’s Guide

Need2Know Books are doing a sterling job sending out “Special Educational Needs: A Parent’s Guide” to relevant charities and organisations. It is really useful to hear what people who are working in SEN think about the book … and so far the reviews have been great.

The latest review reads, “Whatever your situation, “Special Educational Needs: A Parent’s Guide” will help you through your child’s diagnosis and through the complex systems you might encounter.”

It continues, “If you are a parent or carer of a child with special educational needs you will know the feeling of uncertainty as to where to go for help. Or perhaps you are a teacher or other professional working with special educational needs children and would like to have clearer facts about the subject. This practical guide spells out clearly how to deal with the problems that special educational needs can present. For families at the end of their tether because of sleep deprivation, or worn down by battles to get the proper support at school for their special needs child, or who maybe facing the need to adapt their home, this guide is invaluable.”

You can buy the book from www.need2knowbooks.co.uk

Victoria Dawson and I have another couple of books in the pipeline, one for parents of children with special educational needs, focussing on looking after your relationship, and the other focussing on sleep problems. I hope that these will be as well received as the first one.

Double book launch for Bexhill author

The Bexhill and Hastings Observer have been very nice about my new books:

THERE appears to be no stopping inspirational Bexhill author Antonia Chitty, who, following on from the Antonia Chittysuccess of her previous two books, ‘A Guide to Promoting Your Own Business’ and, ‘Family Friendly Working’, has just launched a further two books entitled, ‘What To do When Your Child Hates School’ and, ‘Special Educational Needs – A Parents Guide’; which she wrote in conjunction with Special Needs teacher Victoria Dawson.

Using a wealth of expert advice and the latest information, this book brings together the facts on Special Educational Needs, how parents and carers can cope in daily life, which professionals can help, how to handle behavioural difficulties at home and school, as well as dealing with practical issues such as housing and finance

Explaining how she and Victoria came to write the book, Antonia said: “This book arose because my friend Victoria – who is a Special Educational Needs Teacher in Rotherham – kept saying she had really good ideas for practical help books. For my part, I know of children who have special education needs, but also my original background was as an optometrist so I’ve worked with a lot of people with sight problems. I’ve spent time working for the Royal Institute for the Blind and in my incarnation as a health writer at Which? magazine I did a lot of work on hearing and deafness; so for this book I am contributing very much from the sensory impairment side of things, and Vicky is contributing from the teachers perspective. We then talked to a lot of people, and used our combined knowledge to write the book.”

The book contains invaluable information which parents of children with special educational needs, may not have realised was available to them.
For example it’s possible to get an appointment with an NHS Speech and Language therapist without a GP referral, a fact that many parents may not have considered possible.

Antonia said: “It’s so important to know things like that because so many parents are deeply frustrated at trogging through the system to get a GP’s appointment, then they don’t know where the referral letters gone, and have no way of chasing it up. But if a parent can get on the phone, call the local speech therapy department direct and say ‘I think my child’s got a problem’, how much more effective is that?”

Antonia said that between them she and Vicky wanted theirs to be a “realistic book”, adding: “Vicky and I are both Mum’s, and we know that you don’t get time to sit down and read things which are in depth and then go and look things up. If you find something you’re interested in, you want to be able to know what the telephone number is, what the web-site address is and who to talk to – now! For example say you want to find a speech therapist, then you need to know which organisation to contact that will help you to find a local one”

“For somebody who is sitting at home thinking, ‘is there a problem with my child?’ and can’t get the help that he or she needs, it’s really difficult. You have enough to cope with – you’ve already got a busy life with kids and work and everything, this book’s there to make things easier.”

Antonia doesn’t advise parents to rely on health care check-ups to detect a problem, and also believes that health assessments in schools are, “not all they could be”, saying: ” Some services are cut back.
Children don’t get their eyes checked in the same way as they used to do and health visitors are very variable – they are not specialists – so there are children slipping through the net with problems. It’s great to pick up a lot of these problems before a child starts school. Take your pre-schooler for a sight test, opticians will see children before they can read, early detection is really important.”

Summing up Antonia said: “I just want to reinforce that fact that the book is written in straight forward plain English, and if you only get to snatch five minutes to look something up then you will still be able to get something out of it. It’s really meant for parents who are, as most of us are, stretched.”

In addition Antonia and Victoria have had their book nominated for an award by the National Association of Special Educational Needs, which is being judged next April, something which Antonia is naturally delighted about.

She said: “Vicky and I are really very excited to have written a book that’s been nominated for an award.”

Antonia’s other latest book release, ‘What to do when your child hates school’, is aimed at helping children and their parents deal with any one of a variety of situations which are making their school lives miserable.

A quote from the book epitomizes up what thousands of parents have to deal with everyday and says: “There are few things more miserable than having a child who hates school, but it doesn’t have to be like that.”

From bullying to social or learning difficulties, struggling to keep up or boredom, Antonia said: “Whatever the reason a child’s not happy at school it makes everyone’s life hell, that’s why I’ve put together this guide to coping.”

She added: “I think there are so few children who go through school without having periods where they may be experiencing a problem, and the constant cry from parents is that the schools not dealing with it.”

Whatever kind of solution a parent or carer may be looking for the book is designed to help by advising on how to talk to the school to get a problem resolved, to change schools within the state system along with alternative schooling such as boarding school’s or home education and, importantly how to tackle a potential problem by talking it over with the child.

Antonia said the book simply, “does what it says on the tin; it rings a bell with the child, it rings a bell with the parent, people know when to buy this book.”

Published by White Ladder Press, ‘What to do When Your Child Hates School’ costs £9.99. For more information visit the web-site at: www.whiteladderpress.com

‘Special Educational Needs’ is published by Forward Press Ltd priced £8.99 for further information visit: www.need2knowbooks.co.uk

Special Educational Needs – A Parent’s Guide

As many as one in five children may at some time need extra help with their education, but does this mean they have SEN Bookspecial educational needs?

Due out in October, Antonia Chitty and Victoria Dawson’s informative book, Special Educational Needs – A Parent’s Guide, brings together the facts on special educational needs, looking in detail at the different types of additional needs and how parents and carers can cope with them in daily life.

Find out which professionals can help, how to get through the ‘system’ and gain support, how to handle behavioural difficulties at home and school, and how to get the best education for your child’s needs. The different types of SEN are explained and accompanied by handy checklists to help you look at a child’s behaviour and start the diagnosis process. Practical issues such as family life, sleep, education, housing and finance are also an integral part of the books.

Whether you are worried about your child’s development or work with children and want to know more about the area, this book contains all the facts about the world of special educational needs including the contact details for sources of help.

Discovering your child has special educational needs can leave many parents feeling unsure of where to go for help. This practical guide will spell out clearly how to deal with the problems special educational needs present.

Published by Need2Know – the imprint of People’s Publisher Forward Press that focuses on overcoming real life problems – Special Educational Needs- A Parent’s Guide is available now from the Need2Know website (www.need2knowbooks.co.uk) or by calling 01733 898103 or emailing sales@n2kbooks.com. Also available from Amazon and bookshops.

Buy Special Educational Needs Now

Publication Date: October 2008 (Pre-publication copies available now)

ISBN: 978-1-86144-057-0

Binding: Paperback

Price: £8.99

Dimensions: 205mm x 195mm

Website: www.need2knowbooks.co.uk

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Notes for Editors:

1. Special Educational Needs – A Parent’s Guide’ is priced at £8.99

2. Antonia Chitty is an experienced author and journalist. She specialises in getting case studies and real life experiences from parents and children. Antonia has worked in the field of visual impairment for a number of years after training as an optometrist. She worked on sight loss prevention for RNIB before working as a journalist writing research-based features on health for Which? magazine. Antonia’s recent publications include Family Friendly Working, and A Guide to Promoting Your Business. Her next book, What to do When Your Child Hates School is due out in Autumn 2008. Alongside writing books, Antonia does freelance PR.

3. Victoria Dawson is teacher who has worked with children with special needs and their families for the last 10 years. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Special and Inclusive Education and a Diploma in Counselling. Victoria has taught in Special Schools in the North of England for eight years. She has also worked for Scope as a project manager, researching and writing a training package around strengthening family relationships when the child has a disability. Victoria’s son has a visual impairment giving her personal experience of parenting a child with an additional need.

4. A jpeg high-resolution image of the cover is available upon request.

5. Need2Know is the imprint of People’s Publisher Forward Press that focuses on overcoming problems.

6. Forward Press Ltd is the largest publisher of new poetry in the UK. Since its establishment in 1989 the company has published more than 90,000 original poems and, along the way, been instrumental in changing the poetry world forever. Founded by aspiring poet Ian Walton, the company’s ethos has always been to act as a bridge to publication, rather than a barrier, and give everyone the opportunity to see their poems in print. Today, 18 years after starting Forward Press, Ian remains the driving force behind the company and, with his committed team, continues to develop it as The People’s Publisher.

Forward Press writing initiatives include:

Young Writers / Anchor Books / Spotlight Poets / Need2Know / triumph House / New Fiction / WomensWords / StrongWords / Poetry Now / Pond View

Find out more at: www.forwardpress.co.uk

For more information or interviews with the authors contact Kate Gibbard on 01733 898103 or email: kategibbard@forwardpress.co.uk