Category: Learning Difficulties

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Jack Simmonds

Connections Over Compliance #1: Confirmation Bias and Low Self-Esteem

JACK is BACK!

Jack Simmonds, QT’s incredible Lead Facilitator, returns for a new blog series, following on from his highly informative Language Matters series.

Here, Jack kicks us off with a look at the area of Confirmation Bias and how it can (negatively) impact a child’s understanding of their own ability.

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Jack Simmonds

Language Matters #5: Use Your Words

In the final part of his series on the importance of language, Jack Simmonds takes us through the (negative) impact of the phrase “Use your words.”

Instead, Jack suggests some alternative ways of approaching this situation and gives helpful guidance on the key areas to avoid in order to facilitate a more understanding relationship between educator and student.

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Jack Simmonds

Language Matters #4: Expressive and Receptive Communication

Jack returns for #4 in his new mini-series on the importance of language, and here, communication.

Have you heard of ‘expressive’ and ‘receptive’ communication? Now’s the time to jump in and learn about how and why some individuals may struggle with communication, including you yourself.

“Communication is much more than language”. Let’s hear it, Jack 👏

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Jack Simmonds

Language Matters #2: Autism Spectrum Condition

Jack Simmonds returns for the second in his new blog series on the importance of language in our approach to Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND).

This piece focuses on the area of Autism Spectrum Condition, a new-and-improved attitude towards Autism Spectrum Disorder, and the history behind where our understanding of autism first came from.

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Jack Simmonds

Language Matters #1: Deficits and Disorders

In the first of a new series on the importance of the use of language in how we view our learners, Jack Simmonds will be taking us through the latest research and social developments in this area.

In this first piece, Jack looks into the language of deficits and disorders, and how one pioneering researcher is changing perceptions.

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Victoria Burns

How do we learn to read?

Victoria Burns returns with a thought-provoking piece on what teacher training in the present day must include.

Coming from a gradual understanding of the deficiencies in the training she received herself, Victoria challenges us to see learning to read as THE fundamental concept in education.

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