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SEN Talk Children's Mentoring Programme

by Catherine Mosley in London, England, United Kingdom


£2,000 target 11 days left
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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 16th December 2020 at 11:59pm

To support children with an Autism or ADHD diagnosis, focusing on improving mental health and emotional resilience through bespoke mentoring

by Catherine Mosley in London, England, United Kingdom

SEN Talk is a Community Interest Company that works across Wandsworth and the surrounding communities with the core focus of providing better outcomes for children with special education needs. Children and young people with special education needs are statistically more likely to suffer from mental health conditions in later life, and additionally more likely to be subject to the criminal justice system. Through necessary support and passionate advocacy, SEN Talk aims to reduce this likelihood. Specifically, SEN Talk is dedicated to improving the emotional resilience and social development of autistic children and children with an ADHD diagnosis, through a multidisciplinary approach.

The organisation runs inclusive term-time Lego-based therapy and Sensory Integration sessions for children and young people, focussing on social communication differences and emotional development. In addition to child-based session work, SEN Talk offers bespoke pastoral support for parents and carers, providing regular workshops and parent-led support groups tailored to address the specific needs of those in the surrounding communities. Moreover, SEN Talk offers a professional training service and runs a variety of successful training sessions and seminars concerning ADHD and Autism awareness, Lego-based therapy, and bespoke training packages.

Our mentoring programme aims to provide a 1:1 confidential space for children to develop their ability to manage emotions effectively, build resilience and develop key transferable skills that improve their future opportunities. Many SEND children have experienced societal exclusion for reasons directly related to their condition. Mentoring will reduce SEND marginalisation by improving emotional resilience and highlighting potential. Generating these opportunities will reduce adolescent and adult mental health issues, narrowing the disability employment rate in the long run - which has remained stagnant over the last decade with only 17-22% of autistic adults in full time employment.

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