How can I support my child during the Covid-19 school closure if they have special educational needs and or disabilities (SEN/D)?
Your child’s class teacher will be providing learning at the correct level for your child through the Seesaw app (years 1-6) or through Tapestry (EYFS). If you have any questions or need more support please contact your child’s teacher through the apps or by the class email addresses. You can also contact Mrs Burbridge, SENCO on HCL.SEN@e-act.org.uk for any other queries or support.
Approaching learning at home
We recommend a ‘little and often’ approach using lots of hands-on resources. Perhaps try 5–10 minutes of an activity followed by a movement break. A simple timetable or written list of what will be happening will provide reassurance. Use whatever you have to hand at home to support and make learning fun – could you write letters in shaving foam? Count your teddies? Bake cakes measuring the ingredients together?
Speech, Language and Communication Needs
The NHS Speech and Language Therapy Service have a helpline that anyone can phone on 0300 125 6279 on Mondays – Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. if you have any questions or concerns around your child’s communication. Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Hareclive we use Talk Speech and Language Therapy, an independent company. Their website www.talkspeechtherapy.co.uk and Facebook page are good sources of information and advice.
This website has resources you could try: https://www.speechandlanguagekids.com/free-speech-language-resources/
Here are some top tips for developing talk:
The Bristol Autism Team have produced a handbook with loads of really useful information and strategies to support children with autism:
This booklet from the Council for Disabled children is an excellent resource:
Using visuals to explain situations and to structure your time at home is recommended. These can just be stick people drawings or there are examples available on the Twinkl website (currently free to parents).
Here are some great stories to help explain the Coronavirus.
Free Illustrated book to download:
For general information try https://www.autism.org.uk/
Reading and Dyslexia
If your child has a Nessy log-in this is a fantastic resource. Email your child’s teacher if you would like more information on Nessy.
The Oxford Owl website has free e-books https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/ and activities to share with your child https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/english/
Touch typing is a great skill –BBC Dance Mat is a free course you could try
Mental Health and well-being
These are challenging times for all of us. The NSPCC has produced guidance here:
Its main recommendations are:
- Talk about feelings and worries
- Keep in touch with family and friends and balance screen time
- Try to create structure and routine
- Help give children a sense of control
The website Happy Maps also has fantastic information for children and parents on a range of subjects and is highly recommended: www.happymaps.co.uk
There are lots of great resources to support mental health and well-being to be found at the following link:
And don’t forget to check out our resources too https://harecliveacademy.e-act.org.uk/virtual-school/thrive/
Bristol City Council have a ‘Local Offer’ page that has information and support for children and young people with SEND
School Health Nursing South Bristol Team: 0300 125 6277
Any questions, please get in touch. We are happy to help.