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 upcoming webinars on this page, as well as notes and resources from events once they have happened.
Webinar 2: How to keep everyone in the family safe and happy
This free webinar looks at how to improve communication and relationships with everyone in the family, including your child’s siblings and co-parents as well as blended and extended family.
To find out more and to register, click 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 (you can watch the replay link for a month afterwards)
Webinar 3: Information coming soon
Webinar 4: Information coming soon
About Yvonne Newbold
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.