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Shine-A-Light Awards 2019 Nominations
For those of you in the UK: Nominations have now opened for the Shine-A-Light Awards 2019, which includes the Katie Rough Memorial Award for Selective Mutism.
Can we please ask you all to think hard about anyone who has gone out of their way to help your child over the last year, or perhaps a member of your team who has gone that extra mile, and consider whether they would be suitable for nomination.
We have until 20th December and you can find out more at:
This is a prestigious award – we need your nominations!
SM Family Fun Day
Saturday 1st June 2019 from 10am
Headlands Adventure Centre, Ringwood, Hampshire, BH24 3PB
Relaxation, SM information & support, bug hunting, kayaking, crayfishing, nature, campfire, support
Bring a picnic, hot and cold drinks available.
The aim is for this to be a relaxed day in an environment where everyone “gets” SM. There will be no expectation to speak but it is hoped that the relaxed atmosphere will help SMers to feel comfortable. There will be opportunities to do a variety of activities including kayaking, crayfishing, bug hunting as well as simply relaxing together. As this is a poular holiday area, there is plenty of accomodation locally for those of you who want to come from further afield!
Adults £8, Children £5, Family of 4 £25 (pre-booking essential)
Selective Mutism Support in Hampshire & Dorset
The Shine-a-Light Awards are given annually by Pearson Educational in conjunction with The Communication Trust.
They are open to schools, teams, young people and individuals who champion innovative work and excellent practice in supporting children and young people’s communication development.
This year SMiRA was pleased to be involved with the Katie Rough Memorial Award for innovative, inspirational or excellent practice when working with children or young people affected by Selective Mutism. Katie Rough was selectively mute and just 7 years old when she tragically died and this award was given in her honour. Her parents, Paul & Alison Rough, joined representatives of SMiRA at the Awards Ceremony, hosted by comedian Adam Hess.
The winner of the 2018 Award was announced as Libby Hill, a Speech & Language Therapist who runs an independent practice in Uttoxeter. The award was well deserved as you can see in the following video:
You can read more about Libby here:
Pearson Clinical – Shine-A-Light – Libby Hill
Highly Commended for the award was Rachel Peck from Cambridgeshire, who was honoured for her work with a selectively mute young adult, even though she had no prior knowledge of the condition. You can read more about her work here:
Pearson Clinical – Shine-A-Light – Rachel Peck
SMIRA CONFERENCE 2018
Our 2018 Conference took place on 21st April in Leicester (after postponement due to the bad weather in March). It was fully attended and was a great success. Many thanks to all contributors and attendees.
SMIRA’S Selective Mutism Conference 2018
*** UPDATE 28 February 2018 ***
SMIRA’s Committee has been monitoring the weather situation throughout the country and looked hard at the forecast for the next few days. It is with extreme reluctance that the decision has been made to cancel Saturday’s Conference on safety grounds. We do hope you all understand. We hope to re-plan for a later date and will issue more information shortly.
The Conference is now fully booked for this year.
If you already have a booking please see below for details:
Date: 3rd March 2018 *** this date cancelled due to weather forecast (see above) ***
Time: 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
Venue: St James the Greater Church Hall, St James Terrace, London Road, Leicester LE2 1NA
Price: £24.00 per head, to include buffet lunch and refreshments
The venue is just a short walk from Leicester Railway Station and close to De Montfort Hall and Victoria Park, where parking is available.
The Conference is open to parents, professionals and anyone with an interest in Selective Mutism.
Anna Biavati Smith, Speech & Language Therapist and member of the RCSLT Clinical Excellent Network for Selective Mutism. Anna will be presenting on techniques to help lower anxiety.
Claire Neal, Parent & Primary School Teacher. In her dual role Claire is able to see Selective Mutism from both sides and will include tips on how to approach school in her presentation.
* * THE CONFERENCE IS NOW FULLY BOOKED * *
The Shine a Light Awards 2018 – The Katie Rough Memorial Award
Do you know someone who has done great work in helping children and young people (age up to 25) with Selective Mutism?
Nominations are now open for this award, which is open to all settings, organisations, services and individuals in England for innovative, inspirational or excellent practice when working with children or young people affected by Selective Mutism.
More information and nomination forms can be found at www.pearsonclinical.co.uk
The closing date is January 12th and those nominated must give their consent and agree to any publicity.
The award was proposed by SMIRA in memory of Katie Rough, who had Selective Mutism and sadly died in January 2017 at the age of just 7.
October is Selective Mutism awareness month
SMIRA’s activities for Awareness Month 2017 will be concentrated on the Facebook group. It is a very active and supportive group, so please feel free to join us there!
SMIRA’s 2017 Christmas Card Competition for Selective Mutism Awareness Month!!
**ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED **
SMIRA hopes to offer Christmas cards for sale this year, as they are a great way of keeping the awareness raising going into the New Year. We know that a number of our families are quite artistic, so we would like members and site visitors to try and design the cards for us!
- Under 7 years
- 7-11 years
- 12-17 years
- Age 18 and over (adult)
The finished cards will be 14cm x 14cm, but designs can be reduced or enlarged as appropriate. Drawings, paintings or photographs are all acceptable and entries should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by the closing date of 21st October 2017. If you would prefer to send your designs by post, please contact us for details.
Watch this space for news of other competitions!