Desperately Seeking Certainty with Clare Ward and Dr Jamie Galpin

Did you know that our brain is actually a kind of prediction making machine? We essentially see the world by guessing it. What we’re constantly trying to do is to stay one step ahead and the sensory information we’re going to receive. We do this in order to conserve energy so this predictive processing takes less effort.

The moment where learning happens is when you come across a prediction error, when you’re surprised by something you weren’t expecting – this is uncertainty. We don’t like it because we don’t know what to do and over the past 18 months we have all lived through uncertainty with the pandemic and all the new challenges this has brought us.

In this week’s episode we’re discussing whether we need to support every pupil in every need differently, or are there approaches that support everyone? My guests this week are Clare Ward and Dr Jamie Galpin. Clare has worked in the world of SEN for the last 30 years in a variety of roles and Jamie also has a long career in SEN. They talk about a growing move towards transdiagnostic approaches to mental health and SEN and their development of a new model to support all children and young people. 

Resources:

The Anxiety Workbook for Supporting Teens Who Learn Differently – published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers 21st April 2021.

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