The 2018 ICE Sharing Day was full to capacity with nearly 150 people coming together from a variety of professions and backgrounds to share good practice, learn new ideas and find out how technology can help them to improve the lives of people with communication difficulties.
The keynote speaker for the day was Andrew Whitehouse. SEN consultant Andrew has had extensive experience in the inclusion of learners and he spoke with passion and humour about autism and communication, Pathological Demand Avoidance and his acclaimed TED Talk “from disability to superpower"
“Andrew Whitehouse was totally brilliant”
“Andrew Whitehouse made the day enjoyable with his humour and knowledge! Thank you!”
“I have found Andrew Whitehouse inspirational. He has given me multiple aspects to consider regarding communication with my client group”
Andrew was followed by members of the Essex County Council Specialist Teaching Team giving practical advice in the use of talking mats.
“Most useful part of the day was the Talking Mats – this has given some ideas of resources to use”
“I will read more about talking mats and their use with people with dementia”
Our next speaker was Siobhan Timmins, a leading expert on Social Stories™ who was able to share her knowledge and personal experiences not only in her talk but throughout the day.
“I shall be making a social story for a young person…I have spoken to Dr Timmins about a story and will email her for support”
“The social stories has allowed me to consider re-evaluating interaction with some of the people we support”
Mark Stratton, a regular contributor at ICE Sharing Days, talked independently to the delegates about his long and frustrating journey to get an electronic communication device.
“Mark Stratton’s journey made me think of one of my students that didn’t have the family support he had”
“It was fantastic hearing from Mark”
Attendees were also able to participate in table-top workshops from a choice of:
- Sara Sparling, from the Essex County Council TEC Team explaining how Technology Enabled Care can offer independence and peace of mind.
- A demonstration of ICE equipment by the ICE team
- Alison Heavey from the Huntington's Disease Association discussing Huntington’s Disease and how the Association can help.
- Anglian Community Enterprise (ACE) looking at visual and tactile means to support a person’s communication, in particular focussing on visual timetables.
- Hearing more from our speakers Andrew Whitehouse and the Essex County Council Specialist Teachers
“Huntington’s workshop – distressing but so worthwhile”
“I will use TEC in my assessments to support adults retain independence in their own home”