Supporting the mental well being of students with PMLD

A day focused on enhancing and sharing good practice in promoting mental well being for individuals with profound and multiple learning disabilities.

Hosted by Jo Grace of The Sensory Project with speakers from around the world.

Speakers (from left to right)
Tessa Ellis: specialist in person centred approaches, physiotherapist & postural care expert
Julia Chance: sister to and advocate for a man with complex needs (pictured again with brother Duncan).
Dr Clare Caughey: educational psychologist.
Kristin Wiens: author of My Gratitude Jar, expert in mindfulness & planning positively for the future.
Further speakers to be confirmed. Click for more information about the speakers.

Mental well being is as important as physical well being when it comes to quality of life. Individuals with profound disabilities are at increased risk of mental illness so it is vitally important that schools (and other settings) are places that promote mental well being.

Despite, or rather because of, the serious topic at it’s heart, this day will be fun and interactive. We will address anxiety, learned helplessness and self esteem; taking insight from research and practice around the globe. Delegates will go away with increased confidence in their abilities in this area and immediate practical changes they can make to their practice to further support the mental well being of their students.

Throughout the day insight will be drawn from practitioners around the world, and across the UK, as well as from parents, researchers and the delegates themselves. There will be plenty of food for thought. And with the wonderful events team from Swiss Cottage hosting the London event and the marvellous chefs at Woodbrooke for the Birmingham event there will also be great food to fuel delegates throughout the day.

Photo from Can’n Jack via Flickr Creative Commons Licencing

The cumulative effect of our actions throughout the school day are key when it comes to the mental well being of our students. Get these right and our students’ spirits are lifted and carried along. Get them wrong and single action therapies or interventions will have to work miracles to compensate.

Come and be part of a conversation about how we can work together to create a happier, healthier future for our students.

A limited number of Early Bird tickets (London) Early Bird tickets (Birmingham) are available for this day as well as discounts for parents/carers and people booking in groups…

For more information contact: Joanna Grace on

This day is aimed at staff working in schools who directly support individuals with PMLD. The day will also be relevant for anyone who works directly with individuals with PMLD in other settings.