Representatives of Little People UK recently held an awareness raising and training session at a location for Sensory and Physical Support in Derbyshire. The session was attended to by a number of people who support children in schools, such as: specialist teachers who have or may have a child with dwarfism within their case load e.g. principal teachers (of the child with dwarfism) teacher of the deaf, manual handling advisors and teacher for physical and sensory impairment. Along with a few parents of children with dwarfism from the area.
At the start of the session we gave a short presentation regarding Little People UK and dwarfism, to help increase the understanding of the dwarfism conditions, we included medical and social issues, a brief overview of the genetics of dwarfism, examples of our personal experiences and guidance of physical and emotional support which could be provided in schools for children with dwarfism, and possibly transferred to other disabilities.
This was followed by a question and answer section, where we gave the opportunity for attendees to ask any questions to us, as people with dwarfism, this allowed us to provide them with our own honest, thoughts and opinions on how to support children within their settings. The whole session was in the understanding we were present from experience, not as professionals.
The feedback from attendees was great, with many saying the session was informative, positive and offered lots of opportunity to ask questions. The feedback also allows us to develop the session further, to include more useful information and explanation of certain topics which may be more difficult to understand.
From an LPUK perspective this is something we want to continue for the future, building up our presence in schools and work places to help support people with dwarfism, by educating others in the settings e.g. teachers, students, colleagues etc.
Finally, many thanks to the attendees of the session, who took the opportunity to raise funds for LPUK by holding a bake sale, not only were the cakes lovely, the funds also help support LPUK and make sessions such as this possible.