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Talia Grant

Hollyoaks actress describes her autism - a blessing and a curse

Talia Grant

Actress Talia Grant describes her autism as a blessing and a curse.

The 16-year-old is the first autistic actress to play an autistic character in long-running Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks.

Speaking on the Liverpool set, Talia says cast and crew have done lots of "simple" things to help her deal with the hectic filming schedule.

>>Listen to Talia on BBC News

Snap's Kamila Heads to Dubai!Kamila Photo

Kamila, one of the Snap recruiters, will be flying out to Dubai between 24th to 29th September to meet with new clients who would like to know more about our services - and say hello to some of the families we have had the pleasure of working with.

Kamila has a limited number of appointments still available and is happy to meet individual families, small groups or SEN organisations.


Arranging to Meet KamilaDubai Landscape

Appointments are available between Monday 24th to Thursday 27th September, either at the Shangri La Hotel or in your home or at work. To make an appointment, please email info@snapcare.co.uk or call 00 44 20 7729 2200, Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.30pm, UK time. 

Guest Blog: FestABLE 2018

The National Star College, Cheltenham. Ruth SturdyFestABLE Photo Gallery

We had heard great things about FestABLE, but were unable to attend this year. Our guest blogger Ruth Sturdy School Effectivness, SEND Lead did attend and kindly wrote a blog for us. 

Thank you Ruth, after reading your article, we'll make sure we go next year! 

FestABLE 2018 was held on 2nd June at The National Star College, Cheltenham. It was the brain-child of Barney Angliss who was the festival  programme manager and Elaine Gisby – festival director, with the aim of running  a festival which reached young people, parents and carers as well as professionals, bringing them together to genuinely share understanding, knowledge and their perspectives in a truly inclusive way.  To say the day was a success would not be a true reflection of just how inspiring, interesting and great fun it was...  


National Festival of Specialist Learning

FestABLE 2018

Legoland Opens Sensory Facilities

Legoland Sensory FacilitiesChildren's Trust, Brain Injury Hub 

Legoland opens a sensory facility, the first of its kind in a theme park, which will provide a more comforting and calming experience for children with additional sensory needs.The Sensory room allows guests to access a range of sensory equipment including vibrating bean bags, soft seating, interactive projections, bubble tubes, infinity tunnels, tactile panels and soft lighting, as well as a UV room.

Legoland is also one of several theme parks offering Changing Places accessible toilets. Others include Alton Towers, Chessington World of Adventures and Thorpe Park.


Are you supporting Scope's new campaign?  We are!

Half of disabled people feel excluded from society and many say prejudicial attitudes haven’t improved in decades. We know there is still work to do until all disabled people enjoy equality and fairness, so we all need to work together to change society for the better. Scope's new campaign

There’s something everyone can do to be a Disability Gamechanger so join us today to end this inequality.

>>Read More Here

Back to SchoolBack to School Sign

Network Autism Resources

"We have gathered together a number of articles and resources for school staff on how best to support autistic pupils on their return to school.

Some of the information is for all ages but we have also included specific sections for pre-school, primary and secondary ages. The document also contains some useful information for parents too".

>>Read the Article Here

Chiltern Music Therapy Case Study:

Elizabeth Nightingale, Neurologic Music TherapistChiltern Music Therapy Logo

Sam was referred for a music therapy assessment in October 2016 when he was 8 years old. The referral was made by his case manager to see whether this intervention could support developments in his speech and communication skills. His Mum reported his love and interest in music, so it was also felt that music therapy could form a very motivating part of his care package.

At the time of Sam’s assessment, he also received input from occupational therapy, physio therapy and speech therapy, and had a regular team of support workers.

Prior to beginning music therapy, the therapist observed that Sam showed a particular draw to electronic toys and iPad apps that repeated his vocalisations back to him. The therapist was keen to channel this interest into a more interactive and shared experience and chose to integrate a BigMack switch into sessions. She sang his name into the switch for Sam to activate at set times within a ‘Hello’ song.

>>Read the Full Case History Here

TV Alert: Dwarfs in ArtDwarfs in Art, a new perspective

A new perspective

This documentary explores the lives of dwarfs through centuries of representations in art and culture, revealing society's shifting attitudes towards people with dwarfism.

Presented by Richard Butchins, a disabled film-maker, artist and journalist, the film shows how people with dwarfism have been seen as royal pets, creatures from a separate race, figures of fun and freaks; and it reveals how their lives have been uniquely intertwined with mythology in the popular imagination, making it it all but impossible for dwarfs to simply get on with their everyday lives.

>>Watch on iPlayer (adult content)

The OT Practice Column:The OT Practice

A mum explains how working with an OT supports her son's development

As a child grows they reach developmental milestones, from movement and walking to social skills and speech. Every child reaches these at different times, but sometimes these may seem more delayed than expected.

Occupational therapists can work with a child to identify if and why these milestones are delayed and create a plan to encourage their development. In the video below, Rufus’ mum Leonie explains how they worked with an occupational therapist to help Rufus on his developmental journey.
Occupational Therapy Treatment for Developmental Concerns - The OT Practice


Tax-Free Childcare

In 2014, Nannytax became members of the Tax-Free Childcare Advisory Forum; allowing us to keep families up-to-date on the latest Tax-Free Childcare legislation 
Childcare Savings
Did you know…

  • You can get Tax-Free Childcare at the same time as 30 hours free childcare if you’re eligible for both.
  • Tax-Free Childcare can be used for children under 12 or under 17 for those with disabilities. For every £8 you pay in, the government will add an extra £2, up to £2,000 per child per year.
  • Tax-Free Childcare is taking over from the current employer-supported Childcare Vouchers and cannot be used in conjunction with Childcare Vouchers.
  • The current Childcare Voucher scheme will remain open to new entrants until October 2018. Parents using the current Childcare Vouchers can continue to do so for as long as their employer continues to offer the scheme.
  • You can use the Childcare Calculator tool on the Childcare Choices Website to find out about the help you are entitled to as a parent/carer.

For more Info: Tax-Free Childcare       Childcare Vouchers
Or, speak to a member of the Nannytax Team for free advice on 0203 137 4401 or email info@nannytax.co.uk


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