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Support and Advice
Winston’s Wish supports bereaved children, young people, their families, and the professionals who support them. Their website provides information, advice and guidance on supporting bereaved children and young people during the coronavirus outbreak. Click the link for updated services and opening times. https://www.winstonswish.org/coronavirus/
SENDIASS Gloucestershire provides information, advice and support on matters relating to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The service is offered to parents and carers of children and young people aged between 0 and 25 years old.
SENDIASS provides free, confidential, impartial advice and helps parents play an active and informed role in their child’s education.
Click the link below to access a support site for children with speech and language difficulties. There are various activities and games that you can play at home to help develop your child’s ability to follow instructions, understand talking and learn new words more easily.
Apps and Games
Try out some of the apps and games designed specifically for children with S.E.N.D
Home Learning Activities
All children will benefit from taking part in practical, play-based home learning activities and games. However, they can be particularly useful for engaging and focusing children with learning and cognition needs. The attached ideas aim to promote early understanding of letters, sounds and numbers using a multi-sensory approach. They also help to encourage the skills involved with following instructions and developing speech and language .
Special Educational Needs Resources Blog
The following YouTube channel has a series of daily home learning videos ‘Ways to Learn Through Play (by The SEN Resources Blog)‘ to help support families. They've also launched a Facebook group to help parents support each other when their children are learning from home, here.
4 FREE weeks of parent and teacher support, sensory & play training, as well as many Sensory & Messy Play Activities to empower children with Special Educational Needs (SEN both moderate & severe) during school closures March 2020 due to Covid-19 Worldwide.
Supporting Children with ASD
Click below to download a copy of 'Supporting Children with LD & ASD with COVID Isolation'. This useful guidance booklet has been put together by specialists in Community Family Psychology, Neurodevelopment and Children’s Occupational Therapy. It contains lots of helpful advice on topics such as the importance of structure, sleep routines, exercise in the home and ideas for indoor activities.
Resources To Support Learning
Use picture cards to help your child to understand the structure of your day.
Use a number line to help your child to count forwards and backwards and to solve addition and subtraction problems.
Good Behaviour Visuals
Use pictures to remind your child of what good learning behaviour looks like.
Ways to Stay Calm
Support your child to pick strategies to help them to deal with feelings of anger.
Now and Next Board
Use pictures or words to show your child what they are being asked to do 'now' and to prepare them or reward them with what will be coming 'next'.