SEND Webinars with Yvonne Newbold

Croydon Parent Carer Forum is delighted to be working with Yvonne Newbold on a series of free webinars designed to make life easier for SEND families.

These online webinars are exclusively for parents and carers of children and young people (0-25) with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities in the London Borough of Croydon.

We will publish a full list of webinars on this page, as well as notes and resources from events once they have happened.

Webinar 5: How to help a demand-avoidant child cope better with life

Tuesday 30 March 2021 10am-12noon (online)

Does your child or young person struggle with anxiety and react negatively to even the simplest requests or demands? This session looks at the link between demand avoidance and anxiety, and offers effective strategies for those in a supporting role.

Find out more and register to attend here.

Webinar 4: How to overcome the guilt, self-doubt and criticism of SEND Parenting

Are you ever made to feel blame or guilt about your child or young person and how they behave? This session unpicks why other people find behaviour issues so difficult and what you can do to help, as well as how to protect yourself from being affected by others' negativity.

This event took place on Wednesday 10 March, 2021 8-10pm

Find out more here.

Webinar 3: How to reduce conflict and stress around screen time and internet use with SEND children

Looking at why the internet & screen time hold such a strong appeal for children, especially those with SEND. We'll look at positives as well as negatives, as well as how to stay safe online.

This event took place on Wednesday Jan 27, 2021 8-10pm

More details, follow up notes and links here.

Webinar 2: How to keep everyone in the family safe and happy

This free webinar looked at how to improve communication and relationships with everyone in the family, including siblings and co-parents as well as blended and extended family.

This event took place on Wednesday 2 December 2020

More details, follow up notes and links here.

Webinar 1: How to reduce extreme behaviour in SEND Children

If your child has challenging or extreme behaviour and you’re lost for ideas on how to make life happier and calmer, the information in this free session could make all the difference.

This event took place on Wednesday 18 November 2020

More details, follow up notes and links here.

About Yvonne Newbold MBE

Yvonne Newbold is a mum to three now grown-up children, including Toby who has a very complex condition that is so rare, he is thought to be the only person with it. He is autistic and non-verbal with severe learning disabilities, and he also has a number of other disabilities and medical conditions. He also had extreme and violent challenging behaviour during childhood, and it took Yvonne eight years before she was able to access the right help, support and information to be able to help Toby manage his emotions better and to be happier, calmer and with a much more hopeful future ahead of him.

As Toby reached adulthood, Yvonne was diagnosed with cancer, and despite all the gruelling treatment, it progressed to stage 4, when Yvonne was told that she was likely to have only 2 more years to live. At that point she needed a bucket list, and she determined to do whatever she could to improve things for the next generation of SEND children and their families, to pass on skills that she had learnt and to do what she could to change attitudes towards disability.

For the past three years she has run The SEND VCB Project, (SEND VCB stands for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Violent and Challenging Behaviour) and she is now setting up a not-for-profit community interest company called Newbold Hope. This work focuses on helping parents who have children with extreme behaviour and who also have additional needs. So far through her work several hundred children are no longer violent and are now living happier and much more productive lives. Meanwhile Yvonne continues with on-going cancer treatment which seems to be working incredibly well. Although she is still living with a terminal diagnosis, she has so far survived seven years since being told that her cancer had progressed. Yvonne is also a member of The NHS Assembly, and works at a national level on shaping policy and services for children and adults with a learning disability or autism.