It Takes A Village

Online Parent Conference

It takes a village to raise a child and when your child has additional needs, it helps to have specialists as part of your village! This online conference covers a range of important topics and includes practical support!  All our presenters are highly experienced and knowledgeable. but more than that, they are passionate about the work they do.  So passionate, that they are giving their time and expertise for free in order for 100% of ticket sales to go towards our two chosen charities:  Talking SENse and The Chaeli Campaign.

Conference Program:

Monday 1st of March:

6 - 7pm GMT (8 - 9pm SA Time):  Laura Graham - Sensory Processing Difficulties: what they are, why they occur and how I can help.

7 - 8pm GMT (9-10pm SA Time):  Libby Hill - My child talks fine, why do they need a Speech and Language assessment?


Tuesday 2nd of March:

6 - 7pm GMT (8 - 9pm SA Time):  Eloise Grobbelaar - Autism: Reframing Behaviour

7 - 8pm GMT (9-10pm SA Time):   Ken Upton - SEN Law in the UK and the EHCPlan


Wednesday 3rd of March:

4 - 5pm  GMT (6 - 7pm SA Time):  Colleen Horswell - Creating opportunities for my Special Needs Child

6 - 7pm  GMT (8 - 9pm SA Time):  Jennifer McQuillan - Early Childhood: How to meet my child’s special needs?

7 - 8pm GMT (9-10pm SA Time):   John Stevenson - Visual Processing Difficulties:  How to identify and support.


Thursday 4th of March:

4 - 5pm  GMT (6 - 7pm SA Time):  Mathapelo Mokatsane - Autism is not a Disability

6 - 7pm GMT (8 - 9pm SA Time):   Paul Bray - Our children can’t opt out of puberty.

7 - 8pm GMT (9-10pm SA Time):   Rich Berry - Love, Care and Nurture as a basis of growing a healthy brain.


Friday 5th of March:

6 - 7pm GMT (8 - 9pm SA Time):  Georgina Smith - How do I know it’s Dyslexia?

7 - 8pm GMT (9-10pm SA Time):   Fintan O'Regan - The curious case of ADHD.

Tickets cost £10 (±R200) per presentation 

or £65 (±R1300) to attend all 10 presentations with this ticket link


Laura Graham

Sensory Processing Difficulties

What are they, why do they occur and how can I help my child? This introductory webinar will introduce the 8 senses and explore the challenges that can be experienced when sensory processing difficulties occur, including impact on function and participation. The participants will take away some strategies to help them support their children and knowledge about where to seek help and what questions to ask to school and healthcare providers.

Libby Hill 

'My child talks fine, why does he need a speech therapy assessment?'

Libby will identify the parts of speech, language and communication that SLTs look at for a full picture of strengths and weaknesses. There's far more to it than you may think and SLTs can play an invaluable part in the team supporting your child. They can train parents and staff, work indirectly and directly with your child improving your childs confidence and resilience.


Eloise Grobbelaar

Autism:  Reframing Behaviour

In this presentation, Eloise will talk about how  it is important to reframe autistic traits differently. Instead of trying to modify or control 'what' we see, we can get down to the nitty gritty (why we see it)  and make a positive impact right at the root of the child's needs.  We know that every child is different and we can respectfully support each individual, instead of clumping behaviours together and then superficially managing those behaviours. This will result in children being  able to connect better with themselves and others - helping a child to become happy, confident and resilient.

Ken Upton

A closer look at the SEND framework

(7 years and counting)

Ken will present an overview of the SEND framework including SEN Support, EHC needs assessments, EHC plans, and pitfalls.  Kens knowledge of the systems in the UK is extensive and he will be giving parents information on how best to navigate these systems to work towards achieving the best outcomes for their children.

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Colleen Horswell

Creating opportunities and overcoming obstacles for my special needs children.

Colleen will be sharing her inspirational journey as a mother of a child with special needs. Colleen understands all to well the challenges parents face and has had to overcome many obstacles along the way. Colleen wanted to do the best she could for her child, and in the process, she has also done her best for many other children over the years. This presentation is NOT to be missed!

Jennifer McQuillan

Early Childhood:  Supporting your childs special needs

Jennifer will be presenting on the fundamental importance of the early years, flagging SEN needs in early years, the frustrations of SEN stigma, the importance of bringing SEN and mainstream children together in early years so that inclusivity is ingrained from a young age, SEN training of teachers, and the need for workshops for parents of SEN children. It's the start of a very special journey with your child and family.


John Stevenson

Visual Processing Difficulties

In this presentation John will discuss what visual processing difficulties are and how they impact on a childs learning.  John will also discuss how parents can support their children to ensure the best outcomes.

Mathapelo Mokotsane

Autism is not a Disability

Mathapelo will be sharing her inspirational journey as a mother of an autistic child. In Mathapelo's book "In the voice of acceptance", she writes:  "As limited and daunting the diagnosis may seem, it was the best relief for me. Finally, sanity could prevails as I couldn now make the necessary adjustments. I was more frustrated not knowing what the problem was than when I finally found out. We both had to learn differently, and through what he has taught me, probably the best lesson ever was that we are ALL DIFFERENTLY ABLED. "


Paul Bray

Our children cant opt out of puberty

As parents we naturally worry about our children and their potential futures, especially if they have additional, special needs. They will grow and they will become adults one day, as we did; their special needs will not allow them to opt out of their life journey. How can we prepare our children for puberty, the changes to their bodies, their emotions? How can we prepare them for the range of healthy relationships we hope they have when they are older? The  RSE session will offer strategies to support your children through this time and explain why RSE is vital lifelong learning for our special children.

Rich Berry

Love, care and nurture as the basis of growing a healthy brain

As a former Headteacher of two schools for boys with social emotional mental health issues Rich brings his insight and experience on the impact of trauma to brain development through childhood. He talks through case studies of recovery and looks at the importance of emotionally available adults to prevent the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).


Georgina Smith

How do I know if it is Dyslexia?

Georgina will be discussing dyslexia, what it is, how to identify dyslexic traits and have a closer look at various overlapping and coexisting neuro-diverse traits. Georgina works closely with children and adults with dyslexia, and during this session she will support parents in exploring what good intervention looks like, along with practical and fun tools to use at home.  

Fin O'Regan

The curious case of ADHD

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and in this

presentation we will consider a range of techniques and strategies to

help children and young persons with learning, behaviour and

socialisation issues.

Areas to be addressed in the session include:

*ADHD explored and explained

*Girls and Boys and ADHD

*Introduction of the SF3R learning, behaviour and socialisation management model

*Structure and Flexibility in Learning and Behaviour

*Rapport, Relationships and Resilience in dealing with Socialisation issues

*Partnership with parents and carers of children with ADHD