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Welcome to SNAP News In... October!

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Camp America


Spend 9 weeks working on a special needs camp in the USA!

Camp America are looking for people just like you to spend summer 2016 working on an amazing American summer camp , helping care for special needs campers. Visit for more info now!

Special Needs Camps cater for children and adults with learning and emotional needs as well as physical and mental disabilities. Some camps may specialise in severe physical disabilities, whereas others will be for campers with behavioural disorders such as ADHD or autism.

With a variety of camp placements available all across the USA, there's bound to be a perfect camp for you to work on next summer!

Not only do you get to experience working in the unique setting of an American summer camp, but you also get to travel in the USA after your placement has finished!

Applicants with special needs experience are in high demand! So if you want to do something completely different with your summer and use your skills to travel and meet people from all over the world then sign up now!

Camp America offer real fun and real adventure in the real America. So apply now for a real experience, that you'll never forget!

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Sally's Visit to the Portland Hospital

On 26th October I was lucky enough to be invited by Claire Dunsterville to see around the Portland Hospital in London. Claire is Therapy Services Manager and clearly a very busy woman, so thank you Claire, your precious time was very much appreciated!

The Portland Hospital is dedicated to the health of children and women. It has 58 paediatric beds including Transitional Care Unit (TCU), a Neuro-rehabilitation Unit, a 10-bed Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU), medical and surgical wards, and a dedicated day-case unit.

While the hospital clearly has all the state of the art equipment and caters for babies and children with very complex needs and serious conditions, the atmosphere is warm, positive, homely and extremely welcoming. There are numerous play and therapy rooms – I was lucky enough to catch a music therapy session – everyone (including the translator!) seemed to be having a great time!

The hospital seems very well set up to meet the needs of the wider family not just the child, including well designed bedrooms with a parent fold down bed and play rooms for siblings.
We often meet families whose children have been in the Portland Hospital or were indeed born there, so it was really interesting to see what great work they do and meet some of the dedicated members of staff.

For more details about the Portland Hospital, please see:

ITV Pride of Britain Awards

At the beginning of October we highlighted the ITV Pride of Britain Awards when we wereparticularly thrilled to watch Sohana Collins accept her Teenager of Courage Award.

Sohana has Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), a painful & debilitating genetic skin blistering condition. 

SNAP have known Sohana since she was not much more than a baby. She is now a beautiful, courageous teenager who has helped to raise £3.5 million for her charity, the Sohana Research Fund.
EB is an incredibly difficult condition; both for the individual who has to endure the pain it brings, but also for their family who have to watch a loved one suffer every day.
The Pride of Britain Awards is an annual award ceremony to honour British people who have acted bravely or extraordinarily in challenging situations.

Professor John McGrath and Sohana

Janet Attends the Sohana Research Fund's Celebration of Sohana's Award

What a lovely Sunday morning/afternoon with some very cool children, young people and their siblings! I came home with a much decorated phone and glasses case. Thank you!

As we are aware, Sohana was born with EB, Epidermolysis Bullosa…devastating to live with. Please see the following link to see her message. It will inspire you I hope to do something special for this amazing research fund.

After lots of great fun activities for the young ones and food and beverages for the adults, Professor McGrath shared with us his jokes but more importantly the invaluable work, he and his team are doing in the search for a cure.

By following the link to the Sohana Research Fund you can see the progress of the clinical trials so far and the new trials taking place in November.

Camilla Visits the SNAP Office!

On Saturday 10th October, Camilla came to say hello to Jade and Kerry in the SNAP office.

Camilla is the daughter of SNAP director Andrew Knight and has cerebral palsy - and she was our motivation to set up SNAP back in 2001. 

Camilla always loves popping in to see who is working on a Saturday and this weekend she enjoyed meeting Kerry for the first time. Kerry we think you have been given the Camilla seal of approval! 

 The Cookbook for Children With Special Needs

Are you missing the Great British Bake Off?  How about getting busy in the kitchen with your children to learn life skills with fun, tasty, healthy recipes?

This fully-illustrated book introduces children with special needs to the fundamentals of food preparation, healthy eating and cookery skills. Recipes pitched at three increasing levels of difficulty cover a wide range of skills making the book suitable for all abilities. 
Learning to cook not only equips children with a valuable life skill, but will help boost self-esteem in other areas of their lives.

The book starts with a basic illustrated guide to where food comes from, the different food groups, how to create our own diet and why cooking is a great skill to master. Simple, step-by-step instructions accompanied by fun illustrations, guide children through three levels of cooking, starting with fundamental basics including the preparation of a wide variety of different foods, and building up to more complex recipes. Health and safety skills are taught as an essential part of the cooking activity and healthy eating habits are reinforced throughout.

If you, or someone you know, would like to review this book for a future News Update, please contact Jackie at SNAP: 

020 7729 2200 or 


Some of our favourite YouTube Clips

Our favourite clips this month come from:

Aaron "Wheelz" Fotheringham from Las Vegas, Nevada, who was born with spina bifida and went to his first skate park aged 8.

Pop superstars One Direction who took on an amazing tongue-twister challenge to back the inspirational Sohana Collins at the Pride of Britain Awards.
Tell Us About Your Favourite Clips!

No fear: Double back flip in a wheelchair #wheelz

One Direction's amazing Pride of Britain tongue-twister challenge

One Direction's amazing Pride of Britain tongue-twister challenge

#SNAP Hot Topics This Month!

Womb operation baby makes 'astonishing' progress

A baby who underwent surgery while still in her mother's womb has made "astonishing" progress.

Doctors performed pioneering surgery on Frankie Lavis, who has spina bifida, when mother Gina was 24 weeks pregnant.

Frankie's was the first NHS-funded operation of its kind and was carried out in Belgium.

Prof Jan Deprest, who performed the surgery, found Frankie flourishing when he was reunited with her shortly before her first birthday.

To read more of this story from @bbc click here  #spinabifida
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Have something to share?

If you have a favourite video clip, app, website or book, why not send us the details so we can share with everyone through SNAP!News. We would also love to hear about new technology and equipment, activities and resources that you particularly like. 

Send your nuggets to or call Jackie on 020 7729 2200 

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