Three of the Best SEN Trade Shows

I personally love trade shows, I like the idea of meeting like minded people, learning from others experiences and finding out about new products on the market. I feel like to be in this complex area of SEN it helps me to keep up with current events and news in the SEN world. So that i am always in the know and able to share my own experiences with others. 

1. Autism Show

Dates: London- 17th-18th June, Manchester 1st-2nd July, Birmingham 24th-25th June

This is my favourite show as there is such a diversity in talks and products. I fill my day with different talks in the HUB 1/HUB 2 that i find inspiring and help further my knowledge. I especially like the talks from the people who are on the autistic spectrum as it gives me a real insight into how they see the world. There are also many study aids and resources on offer that help to enhance the progression of many people who have autism and the people that support them.


2.SEN TES Education Show

Dates: London-9th-10th October 

I enjoy going to this show to see the wide range of resource ideas that they have on offer, which are easily accessible and range in prices. The resources all cater to the national curriculum and individual targets that the child in which you support are working towards. It is a great show to network with other professionals and parents in the world of SEN and can gives you a vast amount of ideas to implement in your setting. 

3. Education Show

This is the biggest of the three education shows and centres around all aspects of education from planning to different products that would suit your children's needs. What i like most about the Education show though is the fact that they have an SEN theatre where they have amazing guest speakers from the world of the autism. Who often have great stories to tell of there experience with SEN and how they overcame the challenges that they faced. 

I hope that i have inspired your to attend these great Education Trade shows, i know that the knowledge and experiences i have learnt from people that i have met here, have been a great source of inspiration to me. And a fundamental reason why i do what i do!


© 2016 Charlene Clayton, Sen Resource Founder

Happy Autism Month!



children with autism can often play of the way in which you react to them or there behaviours, which can make them more frantic. This in turn takes them longer to calm, the best thing you can do in this situation is remain calm, Take deep breaths, use little speech towards the child and give little eye contact. You will start to see the difference in your child's behaviours through these simple techniques.


Structure is what children with autism thrive on!it lets them know what is expected of them and is a way for the child to tell you there needs/wants. Which can lessen behaviours. The best way to implement structure with your child. Is a simple timetable of what the child will be doing at each point in the day. You could even make the timetable into a checklist so that the child is fully active in what is happening throughout the day by ticking of the events of the day as they go along. 


We all needs rewards in life for tasks that we are expected to do but really don't want to, so why should we expect autistic children to just doing boring tasks where they don't really understand the purpose of it. Make a simple 'working towards table' where the child's picture is in the corner so that they know its theres. Then take a picture of the child's favourite thing and place at the end of the reward chart as an indication for the child of what they will achieve if they get three stars. you can use basic sticker stars or stickers that are motivating for the individual child. Make the child aware that they must get three stickers for doing these tasks you have requested of them to achieve the stars. 


Now we all know that children with autism have sensory integration issues, which is the way they see and feel in the world. They can often struggle to deal with these issues, i try to lessen this burden on them and make there environment more sensory rich. Which in turn lessens there behaviours by helping them to be calmer. I do this through making simple trays of different sensory rich objects for them to experiment with. such as having different small tubs of food colouring, flour, shaving foam. Children enjoy seeing how different things mix together and the way they feel. There are many different sensory tray ideas with you can try with children, i often like to look on for ideas. 


Offer children simple, short, independent tasks which fuel there self confidence. By being able to complete these tasks children will be more motivated to try these tasks again and feel a sense of achievement in themselves. Which in turn helps with the children's behaviours once again, as the child knows whats expected of them. 

© 2016 Charlene Clayton, Sen Resource Founder