Naomi Moore: The Impact of SEND on Children’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health

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This workshop runs 10 am – 4.30pm.


Many children do have some form of special educational need beyond social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH) that impact their functioning and wellbeing in a system that is challenging for them to navigate. These can be subtle, children can mask them and sometimes are simply not significant enough to warrant further investigation by the school, but are nevertheless impacting greatly on the child’s life.  This can then lead to or exacerbate social, emotional and mental health needs in a complex picture that it is hard to understand and deconstruct.

Often children are referred to us because of concerns around the emotional wellbeing and mental health or challenging behaviour. However children are complex and there might be underlying needs that have not yet been recognised, or perhaps they have been recognised and the child is struggling with managing them in school, home or elsewhere.

Content Summary:

This day will explore the impact of SEND on children and young people and how that links to emotional wellbeing and mental health, with reference to the neuroscience behind it.

It will cover:

  • A skeleton overview of the most common SEND issues that practitioners might come across – including how they might present in the therapy room and the classroom.
  • The impact of diagnosis and medicalisation. Exploring the double bind that is created by needing to have a diagnosis to get support and what impact that diagnosis has on a child’s identity formation.
  • Advocating for that child to get their needs met.
  • Meeting the child’s needs in therapy.
  • The impact on parents and siblings.

Issues included will be autism, ADHD/ADD, foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), developmental language disorder (DLD), developmental coordination disorder (DCD) learning difficulties (dyslexia, dyscalcula, dysgraphia, cognitive processing issues), sensory processing disorder (SPD)

Who is it for:

Child and adolescent therapists & counsellors, SENCO’s, wellbeing practitioners, teachers, mental health leads, youth workers, social workers, support workers, teaching assistants and any and all who are interested in this intricate but fascinating area of complexity and want to consider how they might support children, young people and their families better.

About Naomi:

Naomi is a play and creative arts therapist, parent child therapist and clinical supervisor, with a background in early years education and playwork, who has worked extensively with children and young people from ages from birth to 18+ in the UK and internationally. She coordinates and leads therapeutic provision in an inner city primary and secondary school, where she is responsible for all areas of design, delivery and integration as well as her own caseload.

Naomi has multiple interests and specialisms, including neurodiversity in girls, eating disorders, self-harm, trauma and dissociation and the complex interplay between mental health, wellbeing, SEND and complex medical conditions within the mainstream school sector. She is passionate about research and leads and teaches on this and other subjects for the Wellbeing Faculty at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education, The Sunflower Network and Jigsaw Academy. She manages the weekend volunteer program at Great Ormond Street Hospital, providing play and creative activities to children, young people and their families.

Naomi is also the author of 16 therapeutic story books to support children, young people and significant adults to have difficult conversations about complex feelings and issues.

Further Learning

This one day training with Naomi is part of a series of highly successful days Naomi offers with The Sunflower Network – other days include Siblings – Experiences Less Considered, Neurodiversity in Girls, The Privileged Child,  Supporting Children, Young People & Families Experiencing Serious Illness and / or Complex Medical Conditions, An Introduction to Eating Disorders, Ways of Talking with Children about Difficult & Sensitive Subject Areas, & Dissociation – An Introduction. These days (and others – please ask for details) can be booked as  bespoke trainings for groups, schools, charities and organisations – please contact [email protected] if you’d like to discuss further.

CPD Access Pass 

This workshop counts as 6 CPD hours as part of the CPD Access Pass 12 hour allowance. The Access Pass is a key part of The Sunflower Network’s commitment to providing affordable and accessible high quality CPD to our peers, and can be bought by individuals who have joined our free Sunflower Hub multi-disciplinary resource.



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  • Sensitivity to complex issues being discussed

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13 May 2023