SEN Support

Additional support from Mrs Hammond for SEN learners whilst the school is closed:

  • Normalise the experience - reassure children that lots of adults and children are in the same situation
  • Help children stay connected to their friends - friendships are a key resiliency factor for children and young people - this is where social media and technology can be used as a positive - use Skype and video calling to keep in touch
  • Try to keep routines at home as similar to the school day as possible, but don't try to replicate a full school timetable - keep expectations manageable 
  • Don't put too much pressure on academic work - it might be more important to be spending time together, building relationships and enjoying shared activities together
  • Use visual timetables/now and next boards so that children know what is happening and what's coming next
  • Expect stress - this is an uncertain and unpredictable situation - stress and anxiety are normal
  • Build in active learning breaks, such as time outside 
  • Make the learning fun and practical - (the suggestions on the class pages may not be suitable for your child) - eg follow instructions to build/cook something together, try using a range of different materials for writing - eg sand/paint/chalk etc
  • Share books together or read to a younger sibling or even the dog!
  • Make expectations very clear - try a small target followed by a small reward
  • Supervise children with screens - manage their time carefully
  • Play - play is fundamental to children's wellbeing and development for children of all ages! It's also a great way to reduce stress for adults!
  • Try to have some fun and if the learning session isn't going well- then take a break and try again the next day!

Some useful links:

COVID19 educational resources - The Sensory Projects

https://speechandlanguage.info/parents - useful information and activities for Speech and Language Needs

/docs/social_story_corona.pptx

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

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1O-186CJ3MmtUZuoCX_oRlR1Dgzqc5RmkYUdTKm_dQ4E/edit

https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/coronavirus-story-for-children/

https://speechandlanguage.info/parents

https://www.griffinot.com/homeschooling-during-coronavirus-19-tips-for-parents/?utm_source=GriffinOT+2018&utm_campaign=58adf5fff8-April_20_Newsletter_All&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8e471a5127-58adf5fff8-77489391