At Parsons Down we are committed to fostering an inclusive, positive and nurturing environment for all pupils, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. In order to empower SEN,D students to flourish, we must not only support them with what they cannot do but should recognise, nurture and celebrate the many strengths and talents of being neurodiverse. It is important to recognise the creativity, innovation, ability to think outside-the-box, problem-solving skills, unique insights and perspectives, as well as the perseverance and resilience of children with learning difficulties.
Next week, we plan to celebrate these strengths through Neurodiversity Celebration Week. During the week we will also be finding out about the successes of neurodivergent adults, such as Michael Phelps, Emma Watson, Steve Jobs and Richard Branson, and teaching the children how it feels to learn and think differently to others.
SEN,D is an ‘umbrella’ term for a range of cognitive impairments. Overall it is estimated that 1 in 5 people are neurodiverse, including the conditions Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, ADHD and Autism. These are ‘umbrella’ terms that describe a range of differences in the way some people’s brains work. The umbrella has become a positive, uplifting symbol of neurodiversity. Each class will be decorating umbrellas for display during Neurodiversity Celebration Week and will bring home a decorated poster to display in their window to help raise awareness. A poster template will also be under the home learning tab so that any children who are isolating can join in too.
On Tuesday 16th March, we would like to invite all children to wear their brightest colours to help celebrate difference. We will be asking for a voluntary donation of £1 per pupil, which can be donated directly to Swings and Smiles by following this link:
Swings and Smiles are a local charity and many of our families have accessed support from them. This year we will be supporting them directly, in a change to our usual fundraising for Comic Relief.