Cerebra Newsflash

Issue 4 2017

 

Welcome to the latest edition of our Newsflash. This month you can book your place at our one day Sleep Conference, take part in family research, read about the effects of delay in Autism diagnosis and catch up with our stars of Britain’s Got Talent.

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Sleep in children with brain conditions

We're pleased to announce that our conference this year will be on sleep in children with brain conditions. The one day event will share recent developments in sleep research and look at how this new information will effect parents, carers and professionals.

Date: Wednesday 28th June 2017
Time: 9.30am – 4pm
Location: Copthorne Hotel Birmingham, Paradise Circus, Paradise Place, Birmingham B3 3HJ
Cost: £20

Find out more and book your place now

We've also got two great stories of how our Sleep Practitioners have helped families get a good night's sleep.

An End to Sleepless Nights

Sleep Practitioner Catherine recently helped a family experiencing sleepless nights and mum told us how Catherine's support had helped them.

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Help with night waking

Mum Tammy was struggling to cope with her daughter's night waking. Our Sleep Practitioner Claire describes how she gave them some practical advice and support and Tammy explains the impact this has had for her family.  

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1,000 families study

Our 1,000 families study, carried out at the University of Warwick, is exploring the experiences of family members who live with a child with a learning disability. The study has recently received permission from the NHS Research Ethics Committee to extend the age range. If you're the mother, father, or caregiver of a child aged between 4 and 15 years, 11 months who has a learning disability we'd love to hear from you.

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We'd like to wish a huge thank you to Kevin Smith for running the London Marathon for us. So far he's raised a whopping £2,214.97 to help families discover a better life together. If you'd like to run for us you can find out more here.

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Rob and Poppy

Last year, eleven year old Poppy Jones realised her dream of competing in the Cardiff Triathlon. This was particularly challenging for Poppy as she has chronic lung disease and quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy.

Poppy’s Dad Rob helped make her dream come true by pushing/pulling her around the course using custom made equipment specially designed by our Innovation Centre.

The father and daughter team will be once again rising to the challenge, taking part in the Swansea Triathlon on 28th May.

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Angelicus Celtis during one of their shows

Our Ambassadors Angelicus Celtis wowed audiences on Saturday's Britain's Got Talent with their stunning rendition of Nessun Dorma. Angelicus Celtis are avid supporters of Cerebra and are always eager to be involved with the local community. Find out how you can get involved.

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Sleep walking to success

On Saturday 6th May we held our second walk to the top of Pen-y-Fan in the Brecon Beacons to raise vital funds for our Sleep Service. Following a safety briefing from the fabulous mountain rescue team, our brave walkers grabbed a glow stick each and, with an overwhelming sense of camaraderie, made their way up the mountain.

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Book review

Our librarian Jan reviews Parenting Your Disabled Child: the first three years by Margaret Barrett, which you can borrow for free from our Postal Lending Library.

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The Effect of Delay in Autism Diagnosis

We've been asking parents to share their experiences with obtaining an Autism diagnosis for their child and the effects that delay can have. In this article one family tell us their experiences.

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Improving early intervention for children with autism

Zarbanoo Rajput BA (Hons), mum to a 15 year old with autism and an active member of ABAAccess4all parental campaign discusses recent research on the use of early behavioural intervention for children with autism across Europe, and reflects on her own experience in the UK.

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Full time PhD Scholarships

The Centre for Educational Development Appraisal and Research (CEDAR) at the University of Warwick have three fully-funded PhD scholarships available in partnership with a number of external organisations, including us.

They’re looking for applicants who have completed or almost completed a research intensive masters degree or have equivalent research experience.

Full details on the studentships available and how to apply can be found on their website:

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/cedar/phdstudents/phdscholarships2017

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