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The go-to place for knowledge, tools and inspiration for parents and carers who want to do the best for their children with Special Educational Needs (SEND)

The go-to place for knowledge, tools and inspiration for parents and carers who want to do the best for their children with Special Educational Needs (SEND)

Welcome to Operation Diversity Academy

The one-stop shop for all things SEN!

As a member you will have instant access to a wide-range of specialist seminars and masterclasses.

Topic based webinars

The topics covered are organised into these four broad areas of need, Cognition and Learning, Physical &/or Sensory, Communication and Interaction, Social, Emotional and Mental Health with additional categories for topics relating to Assessments and School-based Support. They are geared towards arming you with a wealth of information, understanding and tried and tested strategies to support you and your family at home and in education.

Masterclasses - the roles of professionals

The purpose of this section is to give you a really good overview of the different roles of professionals working within the field of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). These are the professionals that you may be referred to for support, services or assessments. We want you to be fully prepared and clued up about who they are, their qualifications, job roles and what they do, how and why they do it.

SEN Law - masterclasses

This section focuses on different aspects of SEN Law in the UK. We will be organising ongoing sessions covering the systems in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Each session aims to give you enough information to allow you to take actionable steps to ensure that your child’s needs are identified and met. It won’t be easy but with these sessions, it will certainly be easier.

Self-Care - for Parents & Carers

Because you need to look after yourself too this section is all about self-preservation and you as an individual. Yes, stepping out of warrior mode to do something for yourself. We will be covering different aspects of self-care to help you to look after yourself, whilst tackling some of those issues we worry about but don’t often like to talk about. Onwards and upwards!

Family SOS - for your parenting toolkit

This will be, without a doubt, one of your favourites! In our Family SOS section, you will find a range of strategy packed online seminars with our very own Behaviour Intervention Specialist and Neurodivergent Parenting Coach to help you tackle some of your biggest challenges. An essential addition to your parenting toolkit.

Technology training

In today’s digital era, thanks to the hard work of many passionate innovators, there is a huge range of awesome technology, assistive software, gizmos, gadgets, and ergonomics available to support individuals in different ways. We will be actively seeking out both new and existing tech solutions to help even non-techies become ‘Tech Savvy!’

Explore home education

In the UK it is your right as parents and carers to home educate your children. Many elect to home educate and others do so for a whole range of other reasons. We will be exploring the different aspects of home education, whilst also highlighting the positive and nurturing opportunities that come with autonomous and broad-minded learning. Plus so much more..

Top Tips & strategies

The purpose of this section is to give you a really good overview of the different roles of professionals working within the field of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). Explore our top tips and strategies.

Topic based webinars
Masterclasses
SEN Law
Family SOS
Self Care
Home Education
Top Tips
Tech Training

Topic based webinars

The topics covered are organised into these four broad areas of need, Cognition and Learning, Physical &/or Sensory, Communication and Interaction, Social, Emotional and Mental Health with additional categories for topics relating to Assessments and School-based Support. They are geared towards arming you with a wealth of information, understanding and tried and tested strategies to support you and your family at home and in education.

Masterclasses with Professionals

The purpose of this section is to give you a really good overview of the different roles of professionals working within the field of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). These are the professionals that you may be referred to for support, services or assessments. We want you to be fully prepared and clued up about who they are, their qualifications, job roles and what they do, how and why they do it.

SEN Law

This section focuses on different aspects of SEN Law in the UK. We will be organising ongoing sessions covering the systems in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Each session aims to give you enough information to allow you to take actionable steps to ensure that your child’s needs are identified and met. It won’t be easy but with these sessions, it will certainly be easier.

Calm Restoring Family SOS Sessions

This will be, without a doubt, one of your favourites! In our Family SOS section, you will find a range of strategy packed online seminars with our very own Behaviour Intervention Specialist and Neurodivergent Parenting Coach to help you tackle some of your biggest challenges. An essential addition to your parenting toolkit.

Something Special Just for You!

Because you need to look after yourself too this section is all about self-preservation and you as an individual. Yes, stepping out of warrior mode to do something for yourself. We will be covering different aspects of self-care to help you to look after yourself, whilst tackling some of those issues we worry about but don’t often like to talk about. Onwards and upwards!

Exploring Home Education

In the UK it is your right as parents and carers to home educate your children. Many elect to home educate and others do so for a whole range of other reasons.

We will be exploring the different aspects of home education, whilst also highlighting the positive and nurturing opportunities that come with autonomous and broad-minded learning. Plus so much more..

Top Tips & Strategies

Isn’t it a shame that little humans don’t come with personalised instruction manuals?! Parenting and supporting a neurodivergent child to navigate a predominantly neurotypical world can be challenging at times and so we will regularly sharing with you lots of top tips and strategies to make your lives a little easier.

Tech Savvy Training and Demos

In today’s digital era, thanks to the hard work of many passionate innovators, there is a huge range of awesome technology, assistive software, gizmos, gadgets, and ergonomics available to support individuals in different ways.

We will be actively seeking out both new and existing tech solutions to help even non-techies become ‘Tech Savvy!’

Plus so much more...

Shop

Shop for products to support Special Needs and Disability. From Visual aids, software, hardware and resources for intervention and support.

Q&A with experts

The purpose of this section is to give you a really good overview of the different roles of professionals working within the field of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).

Discounts

Exclusive offers and unique discounts to Operation Diversity Academy members on a range of products and services. This includes our programmes, courses and events.

Academy Members Community

Join our academy private members VIP Facebook group and access our team, and a close-knit community, all on this journey of discovery together.

Resources and guides

The Operation Diversity Academy offers an abundance of information, resources, and videos to help you get the support you and your children need, deserves and are entitled to. Our library is constantly being updated with new fact sheets to make sure you are always at the forefront of changes or developments.

Assessment referal service

We have expansive access to diagnostic assessors all over the country. Our referral service will put you in touch with an expert who will assess your child’s needs, carry out full diagnostic assessments if needed, and help you to understand the next steps needed to support them both within education and at home, within the family environment.

Online mixer

These exclusive online social events allow you to get together to have a face to face chat with some of your fellow Academy members! You will get support and understanding whilst making friends with others who 'genuinely get it' in ways that other people you know might not!

What do I have access to when I join?

Everything!
We offer a huge range of resources covering all aspects of Special Education Needs including:

SEN Law Masterclasses

  • School Duties – A Graduated Approach
  • EHCP Applications
  • EHCP Tribunal Appeals
  • EHCP Parental Submission
  • A guide to challenging permanent exclusion of a child with a disability
  • An Introduction to Disability Discrimination Law

Home Education

  • Why and How we Home Ed our Children

Family SOS

  • Changing the Game! – Using Descriptive Praise
  • Emotion Coaching
  • Choosing Schools
  • How not to go crackers at crimbo!
  • Navigating Sibling Rivalry and Squabbles
  • Finding Free Time: System Streamlining and Goal Setting
  • Building Sibling Relationships
  • The TALK!
  • Consequences

Masterclasses – roles of professionals

  • The role of a Speech and Language Therapist (SALT)
  • The role of the SENCO (Primary) – England
  • The role of the SENCO (Secondary) In England
  • Occupational Therapists': Understanding a role

Self-Care

  • Manage Your Mental Load & Supercharge Your Self Care
  • Grown Up Talk: Sex and Relationships for Carers

Tech Training

  • An introduction to Assistive Technology
  • Inclusive Technologies to help with Reading and Writing
  • Enhance your productivity with free technology
  • Communicate in inclusive and engaging ways with Office 365
  • MindView 7 for Academic and Assistive Purposes
  • NoteTalker
  • Clicker 7
  • Docs Plus
  • Global Auto Correct (GAC)

plus topic based webinars...

Cognition and Learning

  • Miscue Analysis: A Window Into Your Child’s Mind
  • Supporting Children with Reading
  • Supporting Children with Spelling
  • How communication can support literacy
  • Dyscalculia, Dyslexia and Maths Learning Difficulties
  • Precision Teaching
  • Dyslexia Inspired Teaching
  • Executive Functioning (EF)

Physical &/or Sensory

  • Hearing Loss
  • An introduction to Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Understanding Sensory Processing
  • How the Science of Colour Transforms Lives - Irlens

Communication and Interaction

  • Girls with ASD: The Hidden Gender
  • The Link Between SLCN and Behaviour Difficulties
  • Thriving with ASD (Autism)
  • How communication can support literacy
  • Thriving with ASD (Autism)

Assessments

  • Demystifying Autism Diagnostic Assessments
  • Unravelling the Mystery of Diagnostic Dyslexia Assessments & Reports

School

  • SMARTer Targets and Support Plans
  • Exam Access Arrangements
  • Tips for Parents: Understanding Assessment, Interventions and Communicating with Schools

Social, Emotional and Mental Health

  • Social Thinking
  • Intro to PDA in Children
  • Strategies for Managing PDA and Mental Health
  • The child with PDA as a learner
  • Dyslexia and the Emotions; effecting positive change
  • Managing Anxiety in Children
  • The Elephant in the room: Self-Harm
  • How Play Therapy can support your child’s wellbeing
  • Teaching and Managing children and young people with ADHD
  • "Get out of my face, it’s not my fault and it’s not fair”: Supporting Children with Oppositional Defiance Disorder
  • How Play Therapy can support your child’s wellbeing

Meet some of our Guest Experts

Our hugely popular online training seminars and masterclasses feature the most knowledgeable, well respected and passionate special educational needs, educational, legal, health, and social care professionals and advocates from around the UK.
 
This content has been created by people who are passionate about supporting you and your families. Everything is here for you to access wherever, whenever and as often as you need it. The seminars represent years of knowledge and skills and are based on experience and research. Each one is both informative and easy to understand.
 
We aim to empower you to apply knowledge and skills with the confidence to meet each challenge and secure positive outcomes.

A few words from some of our empowered parents and carers

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