Special Educational Needs and Disability
Our SENDCo: Miss Pople
Our SEND Governor: Mrs Satchwell
I am very aware that home learning is going to be challenging for many of you with children who have additional needs. The most important things to focus on are staying safe and being happy at this difficult time. I will do my best to collect together a range of advice and resources which you might find useful in the coming weeks and I will group them using the four broad areas of need: cognition and learning, communication and interaction, physical and sensory and social, emotional and mental health (SEMH). Some children might have more than one area of need so you might find useful resources in more than one section.
Please do not hesitate to get in contact if you have any worries or concerns using the office email address firstname.lastname@example.org (put SEND or SENDCo in the subject) and it will make its way to me.
Take care and keep safe
SEND Resources for Parents and Carers
A brilliant collection of resources for parents/carers that cover a wide range of needs.
Definitely worth a look!
Cognition and Learning
Miss Pople's Top Tips
The SOMPAR website has a range of useful advice sheets for schools and parents on supporting handwriting, letter and number reversals and organisational skills.
Twinkl have a free SEND Home Learning Pack.
The Helen Arkell website has lots of useful resources, including some brilliant 'Teaching for Dyslexia' videos.
The Nessy website has some great tips and advice on how parents can help.
Communication and Interaction
The SOMPAR website has lots of advice sheets for parents and schools to support: expressive language, attention, social communication, speech sounds, stammering, transitions, verbal comprehension and vocabulary.
Visual supports, timetables and 'now and next' boards are a great way to help your child know what is going to be happening and will help to reduce anxiety. Autism.org has lots of information and links to useful resources.
The SOMPAR website also has a series of simple videos on supporting Language Development.
Social stories can be useful in explaining things to children and developing social understanding. Autism.org has lots of information and links to useful resources.
Sensory and Physical
Remember that children with sensory needs may need regular 'sensory breaks' during the day. These might include proprioceptive activities and/or vestibular activities. There are so many great resources online.
The SOMPAR website has lots of useful advice sheets for parents and schools for supporting balance, ball skills, core stability, dressing, fasteners, flexible joints, hand gym, scissors, shoes and socks and shoe laces.
Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)
Please have a look at Mrs Day's ELSA page on the school website for lots of useful tips and resources on supporting your child's social, emotional and mental health needs at home.
The SOMPAR website has lots of useful advice sheets for parents and schools in supporting calming. self-esteem and transitions.
Advice and Support for Parents
Look out for the SEND Newsletter posted weekly below: