Black Lives Matter

It’s been a week of expressions of anger, sadness and hope.Some people are posting on social media.⠀Some are protesting in the streets.⠀ As an educator I aim to learn as much as I teach. I will not stand silent and I will assess my own prejudices and privileges and take action.  Here at Koa Ltd. we are focusing first … Read more

Marilyn recommends – books

Add books to your school library that support mental well-being. These can be read without adult support or used as part of a therapeutic intervention. Scared sick by Robin Karr-Morse Sitting still like a frog by Eline Snel Little Meerkat’s big panic by Jane Evans Blame my brain by Nicola Morgan

Marilyn Recommends: Patrick George

Patrick George: A delightful range of early years/ Special Needs books with illustrations to delight the child and adult alike. A particular feature are the acetate pages that can be flipped between the right and left hand pages which are intended to amuse and provoke as children predict what will happen next. Great for storying … Read more

Marilyn Recommends: M is for Autism

M is for Autism by the students of Limpsfield Grange School and Vicky Martin, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers and supported by the National Autistic Society. Following their ITV documentary, the students have created a improvised story about an early teen called M who shares her anxieties and experiences. It is a sharp insight the … Read more

Marilyn Recommends: Sportingrecovery

Www.sportingrecovery.org.uk is seeking to operate weekly football and basketball programmes to enhance mental wellness for young people with complex needs. Want to participate? Email for further information  

Song for hope

Natasha Beddingfield has been asked by Philosophy (the skin care people) to write a song to promote mental health called Hope for their Hope and Grace initiative. You can buy here through iTunes  

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Just discovered….booksbeyondwords who are helping people with learning disabilities to share knowledge and explore their lives, feelings and challenges. Their books, that have pictures only, explore how to build resilience, to deal with feelings of anger, experiencing domestic violence and more. They also prepare young people for health visits to clinics and to deal with … Read more