To all our Parents and carers
I am frequently being send links to support everyone who is based at home at the moment. I thought I would try and put a few together to send out to you all
1. Teachers Pet: have created home learning packs that are free to down load teachers pet Designed with primary students in mind – the Early Years materials might be good for some JGS pupils.
2. The Starfish Team: have produced some Behaviour Advice videos for parents. They are is small chunks and very watchable: You can find them on You Tube at:
3. Our Speech and Language Therapists have some useful links:
Signposting for Parents/Carers
East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH): https://salt.ecch.org/ On the parent section there are some top tips.
Speechlink: They have brought forward the launch of their parent portal and are offering free access at the present time. This can be found by visiting: https://speechandlanguage.info/parents There are a range of activities and games available for comprehension and spoken language skills.
Signalong: If you did require information about signing, at present we do not have access to Signalong resources (signing system used at many specialist schools in Norfolk). Signalong do have a free app for ios devices (not available on android) called SignStudio which allows 50 free signs per month to be downloaded. However it has not always been available so you may need to try to download this several times.
Makaton: Follow Makaton with Lucinda on Facebook or Twitter. There is a new sign a day modelled/demonstrated.
National Autistic Society: https://www.autism.org.uk/
Resources for Autism: https://resourcesforautism.org.uk There is a wealth of information in the Resources for Autism Updates
Attention Autism: On Facebook Gina Davies Autism Centre, is currently doing demonstrations for Attention Autism and Stage 1 (Bucket Time) and Stage 2. Attention Autism is used at John Grant and this may be something you could introduce at home. It is also a great activity for any child who has difficulties in attention and listening skills during adult-led activities.
Down syndrome Association: https://www.downs-syndrome.org.uk/for-families-and-carers/supporting-behaviour-positively/
Joanna Grace at The Sensory Projects has put together a list of free resources and their websites. The links to the free resources can be viewed by visiting: http://www.thesensoryprojects.co.uk/covid19-resources
Alternative and Augmentative Communication
Coronavirus Resources: https://www.tobiidynavox.com/en-GB/coronavirus-resources/
There are also lots of social story videos on YouTube some about being angry and saying safe, and some about no hitting.
I have also tried to attach a social story produced by our SALT team.
4. This is some advice from Public Health England on maintaining good mental health whilst at home:
Every Mind Matters has now released expert advice and top tips on how to look after your mental wellbeing if you need to stay at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It also includes guidance if you’re feeling worried or anxious about the outbreak.
Please visit: www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
5. The Norfolk education Library Service has passed this onto me to share:
We are using our twitter account (www.twitter.com/norfolkels) to post links to useful resources; here is our most up to date thread: https://twitter.com/NorfolkELS/status/1243124442139709440?s=20
I have also attached their latest newsletter here.
I’ve uploaded a Social Story – Upset by the Coronavirus News-Widgit book here
Take care all