The Profound Impact of Grief – An Introduction to Grief and Children with PMLD
Grief is inclusive - but is grief support inclusive? Are the emotional needs of all children being met?
All humans experience grief, regardless of their age or abilities. Sadly, the needs of bereaved and grieving children with SEND are often overlooked and when children have limited verbal communication skills this tends to result in their grief being totally neglected.
This course looks at: what grief is (it’s about much more than death), how to identify grief in children with PMLD, how these children express their grief and crucially how we can support bereaved and grieving children with PMLD.
Sarah Helton has worked in the Special Educational Needs/Disabilities (SEND) field for 25 years. Sarah specialised as a teacher for children with Profound and Multiple Barriers to Learning.
Her experiences in special schools taught Sarah that life was precious and for some, far too short. Having seen a lack of acknowledgement and support for bereaved and grieving children with SEND, she decided to try and rectify this.
Sarah used her experience working with grieving children to write A Special Kind of Grief - The complete guide to supporting bereavement and grief in special schools and Remembering Lucy - a story book about loss and grief in a special school.
She now works as BackPocketTeacher - author, trainer and consultant in the field of child bereavement, specialising in the needs of bereaved children with SEND and in 2020 she began studying for a PhD in this field.