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 sirona.slt@nhs.net.

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:

https://cchp.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/attachments/CCHP%20-%20Top%20tips%20for%20developing%20talk.pdf

 

Autism

The Bristol Autism Team have produced a handbook with loads of really useful information and strategies to support children with autism:

https://www.bristol.gov.uk/documents/2193095/3536388/Bristol+Autism+Team+Primary+Toolkit.pdf/c87f3b06-7855-c908-946e-e7b648da63e9

This booklet from the Council for Disabled children is an excellent resource:

https://councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/help-resources/resources/supporting-children-learning-disability-asd-coping-covid-19-isolation

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.

Social story:

https://carolgraysocialstories.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Pandemics-and-the-Coronavirus.pdf

Free Illustrated book to download:

https://axelscheffler.com/books-for-older-children/coronavirus

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

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2f9j6/articles/z3c6tfr

 

Mental Health and well-being

These are challenging times for all of us. The NSPCC has produced guidance here:

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/childrens-mental-health/depression-anxiety-mental-health/

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:

https://www.camhs-resources.co.uk/

And don’t forget to check out our resources too https://harecliveacademy.e-act.org.uk/virtual-school/thrive/

 

Further information

Bristol City Council have a ‘Local Offer’ page that has information and support for children and young people with SEND

https://www.bristol.gov.uk/web/bristol-local-offer

School Health Nursing South Bristol Team: 0300 125 6277

Any questions, please get in touch. We are happy to help.

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