Early intervention is something that all the team at Fortis Therapy & Training is incredibly passionate about. When you help children and young people early on, research has shown that the right support can have a positive impact as they become adults, too. This is why we made Children and Young People’s Mental Health the focus of The Fortis Conference 2019.
Over 60 delegates from across Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire joined us for a day of learning, training, and discussion, taking part in workshops and listening to expert speakers as they delivered engaging talks.
We were delighted to have Andrew Whitehouse with us, a specialist in neurological diversity and behaviour who provides interventions for professionals, parents and young people with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia and related conditions including Social, Emotional and Mental Health. Andrew spoke to delegates about ‘The Links Between SEN and Mental Health’, before giving practical advice in his workshop, ‘Visual clues for children with SEN’.
Jo Gilbert is an inspiring teacher. She is the Principal of St Wilfrid’s Academy and has been teaching in areas of high deprivation for 20 years. Her talk, ‘Looking beyond the behaviour: one school’s journey to truly inclusive provision’, was an insightful look at how mental health impacts the learning environment. She was joined by a colleague, Claire Lambie, who delivered the workshop ‘Putting Inclusion into Practise: A senior leader’s journey to developing effective inclusion’.
Alexis‘ talk and workshop were both carefully crafted to highlight the importance of early intervention. First, she delivered ‘Understanding and Providing Trauma-Informed Support’ followed by the workshop ‘How our responses can make all the difference when working with children and young people’. Fortis Associate Child Therapist, Stacey Harper-Johnson, was also on hand to deliver a packed-out workshop ‘Creating a sensory diet for overloaded children’.
Our aim for The Fortis Conference was to equip every attendee with knowledge that would support them when working with children and young people, and the feedback we have received so far has been incredibly positive – it’s fantastic to hear so many of you found the discussions useful and engaging.
We’d like to say a massive thank you to Andrew, Jo, Claire, and Stacey for taking time out of their busy schedules to attend the Conference, and for creating talks and workshops that have motivated us all.
If you have any questions, would like to follow up on anything we discussed, or would like to enquire about support for children and young people, please get in touch with Claire, Vanessa, and the team.
All photos by Ben Cartwright