Additional Support for Children with Special
Following the Department of Education’s publication of advice for children with special educational needs the Inclusion Team at Salusbury Primary School have reviewed the resources available and are suggesting the following websites or apps. There is a wealth of information on the internet, with links to many different websites and apps; this page is by no means an exhaustive list but contains links to those we have reviewed or come recommended by other professionals. A copy of the advice in full is available here www.gov.uk/guidance/help-children-with-send-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19
We have organised the resources into areas of need but feel free to browse through and select those that you feel would be the most relevant and engaging for your child. If you would like any advice as to which resources would be particularly helpful for your child please contact the Inclusion Team via the school office or email@example.com. We are sending parents a copy of their child’s MyPlan support document updated to include which resources will help your child achieve their targets while the school is closed to most pupils.
UCL Centre for Inclusive Education have developed a guide to help parents adjust to remote learning UCL Home Learning Advice
Annual Reviews may need to be postponed over the next couple of weeks, however, the statutory duty to carry out yearly reviews of EHCPs remains and Salusbury Primary School will be facilitating these meetings via telephone conferencing wherever possible. The school SENCO, Shannel Robinson will be in touch to discuss this with you if the review was due to happen this term.
Cognition and Learning
This includes children who have learning difficulties and specific learning difficulties like dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia.
Designed to help students of all abilities learn to read, write, spell and type, especially those who learn differently, and has been recommended by the Brent Educational Psychology Service. They are currently offering free access for children and Salusbury Primary School has registered for a number of licences. Please contact the Inclusion Team via the school office or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will set up the account for you.
Sir Linkalot is a catalogue of 350+ fun animated videos and quizzes that give children from 4 - 14 years a powerful, yet underused technique, 'Linking' (the use of mnemonics), to commit to memory the spelling of those tricky non-phonetic, patternless words, all the way from was, two and they up to manoeuvre, onomatopoeia and even diarrhoea! They are giving free access to the website and apps for three months, click here for more information https://www.sirlinkalot.org/spellathome/
Clicker provides support with writing primary classroom aged children providing every pupil with the right level of support and challenge. Children can use word bank sets on different topics or writing genres or free write with a spell checker and option to have the text read to them. Install Clicker 8 on your computers and use Clicker Writer on iPads and Chromebooks using this link https://www.cricksoft.com/uk/clicker/clicker-at-home/installation.
Salusbury Primary School has registered for free access during the coronavirus outbreak which gives as an initial six weeks of free access for all students. Please contact the Inclusion Team via the school office or email@example.com and we will provide you with the school’s unique Clicker 8 serial number or our organisation ID and enrolment password for the app.
Free Maths games which are personalised based on children’s strengths and weaknesses. The game features whimsical worlds and characters that keep children engaged.
Sign up here https://www.prodigygame.com/pages/parents/. If you would like Salusbury Primary School to be able to access information about your child’s progress please contact the Inclusion Team via the school office or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you a ‘class code’ based on the level they are currently working at in Maths.
For support with memory, the following websites have lots of fun interactive activities:
They focus on audio and visual recognition games which aims to enhance other brain functions.
Speech, Language and Communication
This includes children who have speech, language and communication difficulties including autistic spectrum conditions and Down’s syndrome.
All families of children with a Speech and Language Therapy plan should have an up to date target sheet and/or written guidance which has been shared with schools and parents. During the current situation the NHS team will not be routinely contacting parents, however if you have any urgent concerns, please contact the paediatric therapy services on 020 8736 7106 or via email email@example.com
A range of education and therapy resources for speech and language difficulties. A podcast is also available on iTunes for verbal and non-verbal children. https://www.speechandlanguagekids.com/free-speech-language-resources/
The latest guidance on coronavirus and useful information from the National Autistic Society is available here https://www.autism.org.uk/coronavirus. Also, some children with Autism find Social Stories useful when trying to make sense of difficult situations, here is a link to one about the coronavirus Social Story. There is also an easy read guide for children with SEND available here Easy Read Guide
Place2Be is offering information and support on their website with a specially dedicated area for coronavirus. It can be found at https://www.place2be.org.uk/coronavirus. Here you will be able to access information, guidance activities and signposting to other agencies for support during the pandemic. Our Place2Be Project Manager, Esther, is working remotely and she is supporting some of our families. If you have any concerns about your child's, or your own, mental health, please contact us via the school office and we will be able organise a phone call or give you guidance on other support available.
Taking care of yourself tips here https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/your-feelings/mental-health/taking-care-of-yourself/
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety difficulty with two main features: obsessions and compulsions. For people with OCD, the news around Coronavirus Covid-19 can be quite alarming and the Children’s Society have produced some helpful advice Advice on OCD
Sensory and or Physical Needs
This includes children who have visual or hearing needs, ADHD or a physical disability that affects their learning.
Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy
All families of children who are supported by the NHS Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Teams should have an up to date target sheet and/or written guidance which has been shared with schools and parents. During the current situation the NHS team will not be routinely contacting parents, however if you have any urgent concerns, please contact the paediatric therapy services on 020 8736 7106 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Brent Sensory Support Service
These teams are currently working remotely and can be contacted here;
Brent Vision Impairment Service (BVIS): email@example.com / 020 8937 3312
Brent Deaf and Hearing Impaired Service (BDHIS): firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 8937 5107
Children with attention difficulties often benefit from movement breaks throughout the day. These need to be carried out regularly and often. Here is some advice from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust on movement breaks.