Kidz South

Rivermead Leisure Complex, Richfield Avenue, Reading, RG1 8EQ
Rivermead Leisure Complex, Richfield Avenue, Reading, RG1 8EQ
Note - this event is also being held by Kidz up North and Kidz in the Middle in 2012, followed by Kidz Scotland in 2014.  From the Kidz South website: Throughout the day of the exhibition there will be a timetable of FREE Seminars.  Seminars are presentations on a wide range of interests to families with disabled children and those who work with them, ending with a question and answer session. Entry is FREE on a first come first serve basis.  Seminars are of particular interest to parents, carers, professionals and children are also welcome.

Seminars Timetable

Time Seminar Room 1
Seminar Room 2

10.30-11.15 Supporting Parents
An efficient, effective practitioner can make the world of difference to families and their children. With the right support families can move and take charge of their lives, and enhance a child’s progress. The seminar will
look at practical tips and advice for professionals working with families of children
with additional needs
Jackie Logue. Scope Early Years
A Personal Perspective
Michael McKillop won the Paralympic gold medal for 800m in Beijing in 2008, and broke the 800m and 1500m World
Records at the IPC World Championships in January 2011.
Michael has mild hemiplegic cerebral palsy and will talk about his early development, his training and achievements and how a boy whose mild cerebral palsy meant he was late
to start walking became a man who can run 800m in under
2 minutes.
Paralympic Gold medallist, Michael McKillop
11.30-12.15 Disabled Children and their legal rights
A brief summary of the key legal issues and arguments for disabled children, and their
carers, seeking the care and support they
need .
Richard Copson, Partner, Community Care
Pannone LLP 
Walking: How Gait Trainers Increase Activity and

Children with severe gross motor dysfunction benefit from independent mobility; especially those that may never
"walk" on their own. Facilitating movement by using a gait trainer increases activity, participation, cognition and health. The session will use video case stories and present
evidence to support this approach along with a predictive assessment tool that helps families and therapists plan for
the future.
Ginny Paleg DSc PT, MS, PT. Mary Wilson Boegel, President,
Prime Engineering
12.30-1.15 Manual Handling of Children inspiring a new
way forward.

The session will use the assessment template in
the National Back Exchange publication Manual
Handling of Children (2011) and a case study to present a broader and more interactive way of designing effective handling plans.
Carole Johnston MCSP, Cert ed.
Supporting children with special needs who have bladder and/or bowel problems.
The talk will look at ways in which parents can support children with special needs to learn toilet training skills and to troubleshoot issues that arise from the often prolonged process. Will cover the importance of establishing and promoting healthy bladder and bowels management to avoid the common childhood continence problems of day time wetting and constipation.
Lucy Green ,Clinical Nurse Specialist Advisor Paediatric
1.30-2.15 “Enabling Children with Profound and
Multiple Learning Disabilities to achieve
their potential”

How the therapy department at Penhurst School work together and in conjunction with residential carers, nurses and teaching staff to achieve progress and improve quality of life for children with the most complex needs”.
Janet Trebilock- Head of Therapies
Action for Children Penhurst School
Paediatric sling assessment
Seminar outlines principal considerations when assessing for paediatric sling. He also addresses other safety related issues when prescribing and issuing slings as well as what should be implemented to ensure the ongoing safety of the people who use them.
Richard Handley, Care and Independent Systems Ltd
2.30-3.15 Everything you wanted to know about the law on SEN but were too afraid to ask’
This seminar will cover: The SEN framework: What is SEN?; What is SEP?; What is a statutory assessment?; What is a special school?; what is a SEN Tribunal Appeal?
Douglas Silas, Douglas Silas Solicitors
'Understanding and managing sleep'.
This seminar includes some of the theory around sleep, will cover the common behavioural sleep difficulties that children with additional needs have, and address the techniques that can be applied to these problems. Cerebra
has it’s own sleep team that aim to offer support and advice to parents of children with neurological conditions in the UK.
Sarah Gait , Sleep Counselor Cerebra
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