his included delivering education in houses wearing slippers, roles in PRU's and inner-London boroughs offering tuition. I worked as part of an online school several years before the pandemic would unfold, where I would meet with tutees in a common virtual world as avatars.
It’s that very notion of accessibility and inclusion that brings me to this year's SEND Conference, keen for a vibrant panel discussion around ‘Addressing Mental Health Concerns of Children & Young People with SEND’ (2.30pm), because in the same way that comprehensive schools provide one-size-fits-most education, mental health support also needs to explore beyond its sometimes traditionalist constraints to ensure it is SEND-inclusive.
While boundaries are commonly what enable safe, exploratory, therapeutic work in counselling and psychotherapy, catering appropriately to SEND can require versatility beyond what many purist methods or modalities offer. In my experience, play and working in the metaphor, can be valuable vehicles that might transcend potential barriers to mental health support; similarly, the use of creative materials can provide a language of expression less inhibitive than the spoken word.
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