Home learning support
There has been a lot of information shared with our families with children who have SEND over the last few weeks and we hope you have found the resources useful. Here you will find all of the information which has been shared already: this page will be regularly updated with any new resources so please keep coming back to the page regularly. If you can't see what you are looking for, please email the SENCO, Mrs McLoughlin, who will be happy to provide tailored resources for your child's needs.
Cognition and learning
- It is important to encourage children to recognise and pursue the areas in which they excel (do more of what they enjoy) and support them with the areas they find difficult.
- Allow children to use a Word Processor to complete some written tasks. This highlights spelling errors and offers alternatives. If they can’t type, encourage them to learn, so that they are able to use a Word Processer with more speed and fluency. There is a great website to practice touch typing skills on the BBC.
- Play games to support memory and retention e.g. pairs, Go Fish etc.
- Enable children to access age related audio books to develop a love of reading. Encourage them to share what’s happening in the story and share their excitement, wondering aloud what will happen next. This will also develop their vocabulary and comprehension.
- Don’t make reading a fight. Encourage children to read one page and you read the next page. Read some books to them for pleasure and invite them to read a section if they want to (don’t push if they don’t want to). By developing a love of books and stories children will naturally want to learn how to read, so make the experience as pleasurable as you can.
David Walliams is releasing a free audio story every day for the next 30 days on https://bit.ly/AudioElevenses
www.timestables.co.uk (A great alternative to TTRockstars. You do not need a login and it does not have the time pressure that some pupils find tricky.)
COmmunication and interaction
Top tips (ASD)
- Children with Autism need structure and routine. You can help them by using visual timetables to help them see what is happening at each step of the day, so they know in advance what they will be doing next. This will relieve some of their anxiety.
- You might want to set a specific place for them to do any work or tasks. At school they may have this in the form of a workstation to support their learning. Each child’s workstation may differ slightly, so you could ask your child to help you set one up that will suit them or that they are already used to.
- Prepare them for any changes in routine by discussing these in advance if you can.
- Help your children to recognise and name different emotions and feelings. You can do this by discussing their own emotions, how characters in books and on TV programmes might be feeling and how you yourselves might be feeling. Alongside naming the emotion, describe it and explain why you, they or fictional characters might be feeling like that. You can also play role play guessing games and ask them to name the emotion and say why.
- Use a 5 point scale to support children in managing their emotions.
- Use social stories and comic strip cartoons to help children understand different situations and perspectives and address inappropriate behaviour.
- Have a visual aid to support wanted and unwanted behaviours
- Be aware of your child’s sensory needs and support them in managing that need to help them learn e.g. sound reducing earphones if noise is a problem, comfortable clothes, keep the area surrounding the work space clear to avoid over-stimulation etc.
- Play lots of games with your child to encourage social skills, such as taking turns and winning and losing.
Top tips (SALT)
- Model speech to the children by repeating words back to them correctly.
- Give children time to process what you have asked and respond.
- Use simple language and break instructions down into smaller steps.
- Encourage children to answer questions, such as who, what, where, when and why? When reading their books. Encourage them to tell you the story in their own words.
- Talk about all your experiences in detail, teaching new vocabulary all the time.
- Discuss vocabulary in books, making sure the children understand the meaning of tricky words.
CEAT have added resources to their page for families to use: https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/livewell/local-offer-for-children-with-sen-and-disabilities/education/supporting-send-in-education/pupils-with-asc/resources-for-parents-parents-and-family.aspx
Free sensory planning with multi sensory activities and messy play can be found here: https://www.empoweringlittleminds.co.uk/resources-1
social and emotional mental health
- Try to encourage your child to stay in contact with their friends by writing a letter or making a phone call.
- Try to get lots of exercise - following the governments guidelines and staying safe whilst doing so!
- Know when to take a break from learning - take a brain break and go outdoors
- Offer routines and structure
- Create a quiet space for them to learn with no distractions.
- Give them something to fiddle with whilst you are talking to them or you want them to focus. It can also be helpful to let them move around whilst they listen.
- Ask them to do one task at a time
- Provide checklists or visual timetables to support organisation.
- Use timers to help with time management and build in frequent movement breaks.
- Suggest rather than criticise (children with ADHD often have low self-esteem)
- Provide lots of opportunities for exercise and movement. Try to make learning ‘hand on’ and provide lots of opportunities for movement breaks.
- Set up a reward scheme to encourage them and support them with their behaviour.
- Build on success and help children to pursue more of what they enjoy.
- Put clear boundaries in place.
- Play games on consoles such as just dance, Wii Sports etc. to get your kids moving
General Info on ADHD - http://www.adders.org/info170.htm
Self esteem - http://www.adders.org/info79.htm
Managing ADHD - http://www.adders.org/info58.htm
|Keeping your cool.pdf||Download|
|Kids have worries too.pdf||Download|
|Looking after myself.pdf||Download|
|The good-night guide.pdf||Download|
physical and sensory needs