Seminars for all parents, teachers, church leaders, youth and children's leaders, and anyone who cares about children and young people with special / additional needs or disabilities.
Three essential seminars for church leaders, youth and children’s leaders, parents, teachers, and anyone who cares about children and young people with additional needs or disabilities.
Working with children and young people with special or additional needs or disabilities - Accessibility, inclusion and belonging for all.
Most children’s and youth workers want to include kids of all abilities and needs in what they do, but many struggle to make this a reality. There are many different kinds of special or additional need, and each one, each child, can present different challenges (and opportunities!)
It is hard for children’s and youth workers to navigate the right path through this sometimes difficult and complex area; being caring, inclusive and supportive to each child (and their families), while not losing focus on the needs of the rest of the group.
This is an area that is confusing and challenging to many of us who are responsible for looking after children and young people who have special or additional needs. How can parents, churches and children’s/youth workers not only understand more about the children we are working with, but also change the way we work with them so to be more inclusive?
Making sense of our senses - Exploring eight of our senses and sensory additional needs and disabilities including Sensory Processing Disorder.
There are at least eight senses; five that we can all think of; sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch, as well as three that we might not know so much about; vestibular (balance and movement), proprioception (body awareness), and interoception (awareness of what’s happening inside the body).
This seminar explores all eight senses, and provides us with practical ways to learn about them with our own children, or with children we care for in a club or group, as well as thinking about what Jesus did when he met people with sensory impairments or how he and the disciples responded to their own senses.
Disability equality - Understanding the Equality Act and how it applies to all children’s and youth work.
This seminar looks at:
- Disability Equality Legislation Guidelines; detail regarding terms used and current disability legislation, specifically the Equality Act 2010, in relation to children’s/youth work.
- Urban Saints Disability Equality Policy; how Urban Saints applies disability equality law.
- Further Supporting Information; tips and resources to help and support you.
The seminar provides you with everything you need to better understand the legal requirements under current disability equality legislation to treat equally children, young people, and adult team members with additional needs or disabilities within groups, camps and overseas mission trips etc.
Supporting Families - Understanding and supporting, practically and pastorally, families of children and young people with additional needs
This seminar looks at:
- Understanding the terminology regarding additional/special needs, disability etc.
- Surviving the diagnosis; what is the journey that many families are on
- Transitions, milestones, rites of passage; what are some of the key 'trigger' points for families?
- Dads, siblings, challenges during lockdown and more…
- What appropriate practical and pastoral support can be offered to families?
- Further information, resources and support to explore.
The seminar provides you with everything you need to better understand some of the challenges families of children and young people with additional/special needs encounter, what that experience can be like for them, and how to offer and provide appropriate and informed support.
"It’s an amazing opportunity to gather information and informed advice and tips. Answered my questions and uncertainties and made me feel equipped and excited about how I can work alongside all young people."
All Inclusive? event in Haywards Heath, October 2019
These interactive training seminars can be tailored to meet the needs of the church or group hosting it. The programme is usually presented on a weekday evening in two halves, each lasting around 40 minutes, with a 20 minute interval in between and a Q&A session afterwards. This will include an opportunity to hear about how Urban Saints can serve churches in its work with children and young people, plus the chance to look at various resources during the interval. Longer weekend sessions are available on request.
If you are interested in hosting an 'All Inclusive?' seminar please click below: