RESOURCES & PARENT SUPPORT
Speech and Language Resources
The Speech and Language website has been updated with lots of resources to make it easier for parents to access information based on the child’s age and needs. Just clock on the link below to access these resources:
The SEND Advisory Support available online
Please could all schools promote this with parents of children who have SEN.
The virtual support service is for both the wider community and schools in their response to supporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). The local authority is working in partnership with CCG colleagues, NHS providers and third sector organisations to provide this SEND Advisory support line.
Learning maths at home with SEN
Some top tips from our AfC Maths Adviser, Christina Wood:
- Start with revision of known concepts.
- Make it practical.
- Base activities in real (home based) life.
- Create bite size chunks rather than long lessons.
- Provide worked examples.
- Provide a worked example with errors...can they spot them?
- Ask them to explain something to adult or sibling.
- Suggest a game to play.
- Provide visuals (try looking at mathsbot.com)
- Be selective when suggesting websites to parents. Make sure you’ve looked at them first and direct them carefully to the resource you want them to use. Have a look at matholia.com/uk
Growth Mindset Programme for schools
The Emotional Health Service have developed a 10 week programme around growth mindset and resilience for schools to send out to parents and young people (there is a different version for primary and secondary). Please see resources for Week 1 and Week 2 below.
Week 1 resources
Week 2 resources
New resource on the Local Offer
This resource was found by our local parent carers forum. The document is originally from Wales and has been tweaked to include local phone numbers. It contains a wealth of advice and a range of activities for families to try at home. Please share and promote the link along with the other materials you have shared with parents.
The resource can be found on this page.
Wellbeing while the school is closed
The school closures are out of the ordinary for all of us, but for those children with anxiety or additional needs, it can be really upsetting. Please read on to find some resources that may be helpful for parent carers of children and young people with SEND or children and young people themselves.
- Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families - Top tips to help families work together and support one another during the coronavirus outbreak
- National Autistic Society – guidance and helpline for parents’, young people and staff:https://www.autism.org.uk/services/nas-schools/vanguard/news/2020/march/coronavirus-(covid-19)-advice.aspx
- Mencap - Easy Read guide to Coronavirus: https://www.mencap.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-03/Information%20about%20Coronavirus%20ER%20SS2.pdf
- Place2Be – Guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing: https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blogs/2020/march/coronavirus-information-for-children/
- Young Minds - Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/
- Carers UK - Guidance for carers: https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/health/looking-after-your-health/coronavirus-covid-19
- Covibook – an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under, designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic: https://www.mindheart.co/descargables
- Amaze - information pack for parents https://amazesussex.org.uk/faqs-about-the-coronavirus-for-parent-carers-of-children-with-send-brighton-hove/
- Public Health England have produced an easy read version of their Advice on the coronavirus for places of education. You can download it here.
Please also click here for a guide to wellbeing and SEND services and support.
You can also click here for further information fro the NHS about Coronavirus and how to protect your mental health.
Sensory challenges for autistic pupils
Phoebe Caldwell is an Intensive Interaction practitioner working mainly with autistic children and adults, and the author of many books including The Anger Box: Sensory turmoil and pain in autism. In this article Phoebe explores the sensory challenges that autistic pupils may face in the classroom, and outlines ways in which staff can reduce sensory overload.
Click here for the full article.
The SEND Team will be holding two coffee morning events each year for parents of children and young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan in Year 8 and below.
The upcoming coffee morning for year 8 and below will be held on Friday 6 December, 10 - 11.30am, at 'The Venue' Heatham House, Twickenham TW1 1BH.
The focus of this event will be on Annual Reviews.
In order to help the SEND Team plan for this event, please share this information and poster with parents, who can book a place through the coffee mornings Eventbrite page.