Whakanuia te kanorau – more bios and blurbs

Thanks to those of you who have registered for this awesome event. Registrations are not vital; they do help with planning, however, so please head on over to https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2020/whakanuia-te-kanorau-celebrating-diversity/christchurch?_ga=2.160268414.2122849279.1603913934-1167742457.1603073019 to register your intent to come along. Remember, it will only succeed if you come. Bring your friends, whānau, co-workers – all are welcome!

Tomorrow I will put up a link to a form if you require supervision for your Y1-6 student. For now, here are a few more biographies of our incredible speakers and their blurbs, to get you all excited.

Amy Murray – What Do You Think of When You Hear the Term ‘ADHD’?

I am a previous Discovery and Ao Tawhiti parent and also worked in both schools as a Teacher Aide. Presently, I am undertaking a thesis for a Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies with the University of Waikato, New Zealand. My research interests centre around the identification, experiences, and support of and for individuals with neurodevelopmental impairments, specifically ADHD. I am particularly interested in the experiences and self-perceptions of individuals who have received neurodevelopmental diagnoses as adults as well as ableist viewpoints that restrict their ability to thrive.

Quite often, the term ‘ADHD’ is a generalised description of hyperactivity and lack of focus. However, it is much more than that. We will cover some of the most recent research into ADHD, being our best ADHD selves, and answer your questions about ADHD.

Sandra Keenan, Mana Ake – Supporting Your Child in a Digital World

I am a kaiarahi (team leader) for Mana Ake.  I am an educator, having been a teacher and principal.  I have a keen interest in the well-being of children and families.

The digital world is here to stay.  Are your children safe in the on-line world?  Do they know how to keep themselves safe?  Come along and find out how to support your child in the on-line world.

Sarah CumminsThe Reading Brain and Neurodiversity

I am a parent with a vested interest in supporting family and communities understand how the brain acquires the skills of literacy and how best to support neurodiverse learners.