For Schools

The MAZE Approach
To meeting the needs of pupils with Additional Needs

The MAZE is a unique approach, which offers an insight into how children with additional needs experience the world around them, using a blend of cognitive neuroscience and a psychodynamic approach combined with specialised strategies and interventions.

This training illustrates how pupils with additional needs experience school, which helps to provide information about why they present in the way that they do and then how to select the best approach to support pupils towards positive progress and development.

Specifically, the MAZE Approach examines these 4 key areas of difficulty for SEN pupils:

Sensory Processing Difficulties experienced by 95% of children on the autism spectrum, which can explain many unusual or challenging behaviours

Communication difficulties that pupils experience, which are often not detected even if they present with functional, fluent speech

Social Understanding and an exploration of how an impaired ability evaluate social context leads to social difficulties, with a focus on the value of Social Stories ™

Emotional well-being, mental health and behavioural challenges – pupils with additional needs are more likely to experience poor mental health, lower levels of well-being and to display a seeking/avoidant behavioural presentation than their neurotypical counterparts

With a renewed insight into the perspective of the pupils, the training will:

Unpick challenging behaviours and explore how to replace these with functional skills

Explore how to improve emotional well-being and promote self-esteem

Identify how to differentiate lesson planning to take account of SEN learners and achieve good pupil progress that can be sustained

Share experience on engaging positively with parents of SEN children and how to work together with a shared perspective on aims and outcomes.

What the Professionals Say…

“A very interesting course which has given me a better insight into how ASD children approach our world and lots of useful strategies that can be incorporated into school life and to support parents, thank you.”

“The physiological background behind ASD has given me a really good understanding.”

“The training has given me a better understanding of what children with ASD experience and some great strategies to help them overcome difficulties.”

“Excellent course, very informative.”

This training is delivered by

Sue Anderton, Director of the MAZE Group
Author of the MAZE approach and 30 years experience of working with children/young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their families.

The training can be delivered as an in-depth training of 18 hours spread throughout the year, a 1 day training, 3 x 2 hour twilight sessions or in another way which will suit your school’s needs. Access to and advice from the other professionals who regularly contribute to the MAZE Specialist Parenting Programme can also be included on request in order to provide a bespoke training. These may include: Specialist Mental Health Practitioner, Social Stories™ trainer, Positive Psychologist, Behavioural expert, child and adolescent psychotherapist.

For more information contact The MAZE Group at:

[email protected]