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SEND Update May 2020

 

Please find below a selection of websites which may be useful for you when working at home with your children.  They have been selected by DfE as good resources to use.  If you find any which you think are particularly helpful, please do let me know and I will update this list.

 

Mrs Caldicott

 

Charles Dickens Primary

Website: http://www.charlesdickens.southwark.sch.uk/

Description: the Jenny Wren Virtual School SEN Hub offers daily lessons for pupils with moderate learning difficulties, focusing on Makaton and a daily activity to complete with a parent or teacher.

Registration: not required

 

Inclusive Teach

Website: https://inclusiveteach.com/free-printable-sen-teaching-resources/

Description: downloadable and printable accessible teaching resources for parents and teachers to support pupils with a range of SEND needs, including Autism, PMLD, SLCN, MLD, SLD

Registration: not required

 

Priory Woods School

Website: http://www.priorywoods.middlesbrough.sch.uk/page/?title=Resources&pid=3

Description: resources from an award-winning, innovative school, rated by Ofsted as outstanding and put together by SEND teachers for parents and teachers. The resources include apps and programmes.

Registration: not required

 

SENict Activities

Website: https://www.ianbean.co.uk/senict-members-resource-portal

Description: downloadable activities aimed particularly at learners with PMLD, SLD and those who are learning to use assistive technology to access the curriculum. Suitable for parents and teachers.

Registration: not required

 

The Autism Page

Website: https://www.theautismpage.com/

Description: online support and information aimed at supporting parents with young autistic children. Information and ideas to support the implementation of autism specific teaching methods.

Registration: not required

SEND Update 26.04.2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

I hope that you and your families are all well.  I wanted to draw your attention to the Buckinghamshire Family Information Service website which has recently been updated in response to the current situation.  There is helpful information about wellbeing, finance and educational resources but there is also a SEND section and it has some updated information about annual reviews and EHC needs assessments.  

 

https://www.bucksfamilyinfo.org/kb5/buckinghamshire/fsd/parent.page?parentchannel=32

 

If you do require any further support or information, please contact me via the school office.  If you require any additional help with the home learning set online, please email the class teacher via the class email in the first instance.

 

Keep safe 

 

Mrs Caldicott

SEND Update 25.03.2020

 

How to support your children at home

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

We appreciate that this is an anxious and worrying time for all and we do not wish to add any pressure onto families.  Teachers are working hard to provide work online, however if your child has additional needs then they may find this work difficult to complete.  If your child is on the Special Educational Needs Register (SEN register) and has an individual support plan, please use this at home.  It may have ideas and different ways to help your child access their work whilst at home, as well as the areas that your child requires specific support.

 

There are many websites which you may find useful if you require extra help, which I will add links to soon.

 

If you need any extra information or have any specific concerns you wish to discuss please contact me via the school office.

 

Most importantly, please try to enjoy this unplanned time at home.  

 

Mrs Caldicott

 

 

Useful SEND websites

https://speechandlanguage.info/parents

This is a page run by Speechlink to provide resources for parents to support their child with speech and language difficulties.

 

https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/

 British Dyslexia Association - a useful website with information about dyslexia, assessment and identification, exam concessions etc.

 

https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/education/bucks-sendias-service/

SEND Information, Advice and Support Services - IAS Services have a duty to provide information, advice and support to disabled children and young people, and those with SEN, and their parents. They are statutory services and are free, impartial and confidential.

 

https://www.nessy.com/uk/

Your child may already be using Nessy at school to support their spelling or reading.  If so then they will already have a log in which they can use from home to access the games and activities.

 

www.autism.org.uk/directory.aspx

 The National Autistic Society - useful advice to parents of autistic children, including an online directory which will pull together information according to your child’s age diagnosis and where they live.

 
The children can also access their Reading Eggs account and their Times Table Rockstars account from home.  

SEND update 01.04.2020

This guidance was published on 30.3.2020

 

Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Updated 30 March 2020

 

Taken from:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

 

During this time, it’s important that you take care of your family’s mental health – there are lots of things you can do, and support is available if you need it.

 

Looking after your own mental health

As well as thinking about the children or young people in your care, it is important to take care of your own mental health and wellbeing. Children and young people react, in part, to what they see from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers deal with a situation calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children and young people. Parents and caregivers can be more supportive to others around them, especially children, if they are better prepared.

 

Children and young people who are accessing mental health services

Children and young people with an existing mental health problem may find the current uncertainty around the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak particularly difficult. Their increased stress may lead to a change in their behaviours and their mental health needs.

 

Children and young people with learning disabilities

Children and young people with learning disabilities can feel a loss of control in times of uncertainty such as the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. They may need extra words of reassurance, more explanations or adapted explanations about the event, and more comfort and other positive physical contact from loved ones.

A good way to help them is by supporting their decisions, representing choices visually through written words, pictures, symbol systems or objects if helpful, supporting them to express their emotions and letting them know they are not alone. While listening, take their feelings seriously and don’t judge their emotions. They may feel anxious about big changes, such as going to new places or the possibilities of having to stay at home for a long period.

Where possible, it can be helpful to explain any upcoming changes to routine and circumstances before they happen and help them to plan and come up with solutions, such as finding a hobby or doing exercises to relax and cope with anxiety.

For useful tips for talking about feelings, see Skills for Care advice. For further guidance on coronavirus (COVID19) for those with learning disabilities please see the Mencap website (includes easy read materials)

 

Autistic children and young people

Irrespective of cognitive ability and language, autistic children and young people may struggle to identify any physical symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), as well as having difficulty talking about the emotions the situation will create. Keep an eye out for changes in behaviour which may help you to identify their emotional state, as well as physical symptoms.

There is going to be disruption for all of us during the outbreak, for example, they may not be able to follow their normal routines, or visit older family members, so help them to manage these changes using the typical strategies you know work for your family.

It is important to be clear when communicating about the situation, how to stay safe and the symptoms of the virus. Try to avoid giving definitive statements about the future - this is a rapidly developing situation and your child or young person may be more distressed if things change when they were told they would not. Keep up to date with reliable information about coronavirus (COVID-19).

If your child or young person becomes ill, they may struggle to manage the physical experience. You know what works with your family, so help to manage this situation knowing what helps your child or young person.

You should continue to access support of local autism groups online or via the telephone. The National Autistic Society guidance on managing anxiety might also be helpful - you can call the Autism Helpline on 0808 800 4104 for further advice.

 

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