Support for children with Additional Needs:

Many children will find the changes to routine very strange and hard to comprehend, this will be even harder for the children with learning, language or social communication needs (such as Autism).  The social stories below might help to explain to them what is happening and why. There are some other useful links too.

ADHD & ASD home learning advice from Dragonfly Download

Parenting Tips from Dragonfly for Home Learning Download

SEN Parent Support

Staying at home Social Story 

These social stories are based on the original lockdown but the images could still be useful.

Going to school during closures social story

Corona Virus social story 

If you have concerns over your child’s emotion well-being at the moment and want someone to talk to, please look at the service currently being offered by the Kent Educational Psychology Service: Letter-to-parents-from-Kent-Educational-Psychology-Service Download.  This was their orginal offer but they have reopened the service.

If your child is struggling to explain what is worrying them at this difficult time, the resource below might help. It has a worry scale for the child to look at and instructions for the adult on how to support them. Worry Triggers Download.

This is lovely interact book that explains about the current situation.

https://www.flipsnack.com/CSKidsBooks/what-s-going-on.html

We also understand that as parents you will be worried about the impact of your child’s education, especially if they are already struggling with learning needs such as dyslexia.  Below are some useful websites which may help support your child.

If you want to contact me about anything link to your child’s learning, to update on appointment or referrals, support plans etc, please contact me on either:

senco@eythorne-elvington.kent.sch.uk or senco@sibertwold.kent.sch.uk

Websites and free subscriptions:

Alternative ways of word processing:

Click 8 – useful for children who struggle to write or type well due to language difficulties, fine motor difficulties or dyslexia.  They could use this to produce some of their home learning tasks. As a school we paid for a 3 year subscription which included a unique home log in for each child to use on a laptop, computer or Ipad.  If you have mislaid this please let me know and I will send you your details. 

Dyslexia support:

Barrington Stokes publish Dyslexia friendly books.  They have put a pack together to help with home school for dyslexia children:

http://barringtonstoke.co.uk/books/homeschooling-help-for-lockdown/

Children with speech or language difficulties:

https://speechandlanguage.info/parents

Phonics for children still learning phonics or struggling to remember/retain phonics (i.e. Dyslexia):

https://teach-your-monster-to-read.intercom-clicks.com/via/e?ob=EkQzDrcCNxUmvAUjJ5XwRM1oeyi552svQtN%2BH9xOCWqjSybA0sdRy7w3%2BIhFhqCe&h=6861f69c46a672053905998ea11342093489352d-1ixom8jj_26185617311&l=53b914aa767b10523907cbad07613d347bd7c0c7-2814491

PhonicsPlay https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/login is a great resource for phonic games and is currently free for parents with the following user name & password - u/n: jan21 and p/w: home

Emotional well-being support:

The School Health Team are ways of support schools and famlies.  They have provided these short videos designed to help parents to support their children with Resilience. Each video also has ‘Top Tips’  https://kentresiliencehub.org.uk/resources/resilience-webinar-for-parents/  

Kooth at kooth.com is a web based confidential support service available to young people. Kooth provides a safe and secure means of accessing mental health and wellbeing support designed specifically for young people.  

Kooth offers young people the opportunity to have a text-based conversation with a qualified counsellor. Counsellors are available from 12noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10 pm at weekends, every day of the year on a drop-in basis. Young people can access regular booked online counselling sessions as needed. Outside counselling hours’ young people can message our team and get support by the next day.

When students register with Kooth they will have support available to them now and in the future. Support can be gained not only through counselling but articles, forums and discussion boards.  All content is age appropriate, clinically approved and fully moderated. 

To find out more visit www.Kooth.com  where young people can register and others can find out more about the service. 

You can also view a short video about the service at: https://vimeo.com/318731977/a9f32c87de.   

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