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February Focus: Meaningful Inclusion and Engagement for Neurodiverse Learners with SEND/Complex Needs

Updated: Mar 2



Hello everyone! I'm not quite sure where January went, and it seems like February is rapidly joining it in the blur of busy schedules and endless to-do lists.


Amidst the hustle and bustle of our daily routines, it's important to take a moment to reflect on our journey so far. I know that I have to prioritise some time to stop next week! I have missed my beach fit and the headspace it gives me. As the days get lighter and the promise of spring begins to unfold, we find ourselves in a season of renewal and possibility. Whether it's incorporating outdoor learning activities, introducing new themes that reflect the changing interests of our learners, or simply encouraging our learners to embrace the spirit of growth and exploration, it crucial to cultivate a vibrant and dynamic learning environment where every student feels valued and supported.


In this blog I want to explore some impactful strategies currently top of my training and consultancy agenda for supporting all learners


1. Embracing Neurodiversity: February marks Neurodiversity Celebration Week, emphasising the importance of recognising and appreciating the diverse ways in which individuals think and learn. Encourage discussions, activities, use books and games that promote understanding and acceptance of neurodiversity among students and staff alike.


2. Universal Design for Learning (UDL): The fabulous Carol Allen introduced me to the principles of UDL. These provide a framework for designing curriculum frameworks that are accessible and effective for all learners, including those with SEND. By incorporating multiple means of representation, expression, and engagement, educators can cater to diverse learning styles and abilities. This approach fosters inclusivity by removing barriers to learning and allowing every student to access the curriculum in ways that suit their individual needs.

Find out more here UDL: The UDL Guidelines (cast.org) or during my session for www.worldedsummit.com on Reducing Barriers to Learning on Passionate Practitioners Monday 18th March at 16:00pm GMT. Or check out my training and consultancy offer by clicking below


As well as within my training with some amazing organisations at the bottom of this blog!


3. Assistive Technology Integration: I feel as if I am at the beginning of my journey here, and am constantly amazed at the advancement of assistive technology which continues to impact on learning opportunities for all learners. From text-to-speech software for all learners to speech recognition tools to enhance and facilitate communication, assistive technology enhances access to learning materials and facilitates independent learning.

Stay updated on the latest assistive technologies and explore how they can be integrated into your teaching practices to support students with diverse needs. I will be writing more about the wonder of AI in my next blog but for now check out the AIEducator link opposite.

As always I love these links Dyslexia (callscotland.org.uk) and please do join me at the Dyslexia Show | The UK's leading dyslexia exhibition where I discuss the links between theory and practice to support




4. Cultivating a Supportive Classroom Culture: Building a supportive classroom environment is essential for fostering inclusion and engagement. Create a culture of empathy, respect, and collaboration where learners feel comfortable expressing themselves and seeking assistance when needed. Encourage peer support networks and implement cooperative learning activities that promote social interaction and teamwork. My top tip is to incorporate choice into daily activities and plans. Enable learners to have a voice, from which book they would like to hear, to where they will work, how they might record their work to what music they might like to listen too. Consider including regular feedback sessions, opportunities to express choices and decisions using AAC, visual communication and more.


5. Professional Development and Collaboration: Continuous professional development is key to enhancing educators' ability to support neurodiverse learners effectively. Attend workshops, webinars, and conferences focused on inclusive teaching practices and collaborate with colleagues to share insights and best practices. By learning from one another and pooling resources, educators can strengthen their capacity to meet the diverse needs of all students.


Save the date for my popular course Phonics course revamped to be part of a new series focused on my Inclusive Reading Curriculum (Moseley 2023) April 30th 3:30-5:00

Click on image to book!


To find out more about what I can offer email me send@drsarahmoseley.com or click below

In conclusion, February presents educators with a valuable opportunity to reaffirm their commitment to meaningful inclusion and engagement for neurodiverse learners and those with SEND. By embracing neurodiversity, implementing UDL principles, integrating assistive technology, cultivating supportive classroom cultures, and prioritising professional development and collaboration, educators can create learning environments where every all learners can thrive. Let’s seize this opportunity to make a positive difference and promote equity and accessibility in education.


Join myself and Victoria for this action packed session too.

Back due to popular demand! 23rd April 3:30-5:30 click image to book!



If not find me here!

Have fabulous rest of the term

Sarah

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