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The Al Sham Centre is a very new special school for children with additional needs, in the United Arab Emirate of Sharjah. Managed and headed up by Ursula, a South African with a vision that this school, which only opened in March 2015, will become a centre of excellence and training for special school staff across the UAE. A very cosmopolitan staff team from many different Middle Eastern countries work together to provide an education and therapy for the twenty or so children who currently attend this new school.
In January Concept Training, based in Morecambe, sent two trainers, Honor Coombs and Colin Troy, out to Sharjah to deliver some very intensive days of staff training at The Al Sham Centre. Teachers, therapists, psychologists, teaching assistants and parents were invited to attend a selection of courses and workshops in Autistic Spectrum Conditions, Sensory Play and Learning in the Outdoors.
Honor’s two-day course, “Learning for all, through Sensory Play & the Outdoor Environment”, was greeted enthusiastically by all. It’s a very practical course designed to be accessed by all staff including those for whom English is their second language and it promoted a huge amount of discussion and laughter as adults from different cultures and with a vast range of experience, explored and debated how to provide children with high quality sensory play experiences. Pupils from the school glimpsed everyone taking part in some practical activities on a grassy area outside the classroom and were invited to join in. This provided an invaluable opportunity to demonstrate some of the physical games for the vestibular and proprioceptive systems. It was hugely rewarding to include these primary-aged children in this learning opportunity for staff and for the trainer to see that this particular group of children were no different from the children she teaches back home in Lancaster.
The staff and parents couldn’t have been more friendly and welcoming. Their school is somewhat different from UK special schools but the children are just the same.
Very informative, lots of strategies I will try with both my own son and children in schoolJodie. Attended Autism Spectrum: Next Steps Level 3
emotional, enlightening and has made a huge difference to how I perceive Autism Mary. Attended Intensive Interaction
Fantastically delivered, a great informative day which will definitely inform my teaching and practice. Jo. Attended Positive Ways of Changing Behaviour
Really enjoyed the training session. Very useful and full of information. Great trainer!! Whitney. Attended Autism Spectrum: Next Steps Level 3
Great course, very informative, well presented by Claire Grace, learnt loads. Thank you.Anthony. Attended Autism Spectrum: Next Steps Level 3
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Felt like I was sitting listening to a very wise womanJuanita Strange. National Autistic Society
A Fabulous warm funny, experienced realistic trainer, was a pleasure. Thank you Debbi. Attended Autism Spectrum: Next Steps Level 3
an afternoon that provided many insights and much practical adviceJames Harding. Deputy Head, The Purcell School For Young Musicians
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I regularly recommend the courses delivered by Concept Training to my colleaguesFran Clayton. Deputy Head, Pendle View Primary School
All of the commissions have been delivered to the highest standardJulie Curtis. Learning and Development Consultant, Warwickshire County Council
Excellent presentation – one of the best training courses I have been onChris. Attended Intensive Interaction
Excellent course, excellent tutor, excellent day.Andy. Attended Autism Spectrum: Next Steps Level 3
The day flew by! Very enjoyable. Lauren. Attended Positive Ways of Changing Behaviour
All members of our staff who have attended training organised by Concept have found it to be valuableSarah Melman. Deputy Head, Jack Tizard School
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