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I have a new book! I’m very excited as it’s currently being printed and will be available from February 14th 2019. ‘A jumble of knotted thoughts’ is a sensory story. It is a simple story that you read to children to help them process a death and to help them manage the emotions of bereavement… Read More New book by Sarah Helton
Well my 2018 Churchill Fellowship travels are complete, but it certainly isn’t the end – we’ve only just begun! Next, I start work writing up my findings and thoughts. After that I start pursing change…..better support for bereaved children with SEND. And along side all of that I have a range of new bereavement resources… Read More We’ve only just begun…..
My teaching career has lead me to teach a wide range of wonderful children, of varying ages and abilities, but until I visited Auburn University in January 2019 I had never taught a class at a university. Now I have and what a pleasure it was. I regularly train teachers in the UK and I… Read More A different kind of teaching
During 10 incredible days in Auburn I met 7 inspirational women. Each of them experts in the field of Education, Special Education, Rehabilitation and/or Counseling I am indebted to Dr. Cari Dunn for organising my schedule. My timetable at AU gave me the opportunity to teach two classes (more on this in a later blog)… Read More Auburn University – College of Education – Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling
A lot has changed since I attended Auburn University for my MEd in Early Childhood Special Education. The university now has a very impressive museum of fine art – the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art This museum is an excellent addition to the university and a place that I enjoyed spending time at… Read More ‘I feel crazy’ – AU Museum of Fine art
During my time at Auburn University I visited Kate Larkin of the Auburn Alumni Association. As well as generously giving me lots of gorgeous Auburn University ‘swag’ Kate kindly arranged for me to meet two wonderful individuals – a father and his son who had recently experienced a very significant bereavement, the death of the… Read More Toodle Pip!
Why do Americans use the term passed? I am constantly on a mission for us all to use the real terms and words for death, bereavement and grief. Not just with children, but across society as a whole. There are hundreds of euphemisms for death – just take a look at Wikipedia to see some… Read More Dead or Passed?
Whilst at Cotting School I had the opportunity to meet with a very special young lady – we will call her Susie (not her real name). In the past year one of Susie’s very good friends and a member of her class has died. Understandably Susie was devastated that her friend is no longer around… Read More A very special conversation
Cotting School is 125 years old -pretty impressive, but the really impressive thing is the fact that Cotting is America’s first school for children with disabilities. In 1893, two pioneering orthopedic surgeons from the Children’s Hospital in Boston, Dr. Augustus Thorndike and Dr. Edward Bradford, saw the need to educate children whose physical challenges prevented… Read More A lesson in the history and future of special education