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SEN(D) Support

I hope that you and your family members are well and settling into a new weekday routine at home. I hope that you are finding the work set by your child’s class teacher manageable and supportive in attempting to keep some routine for your child in these unprecedented times. In order to support you to protect the mental health of your child I would like to take this opportunity to share some support information and useful hints tips.

 

Pastoral Support

Although students may not be able to attend school physically, Miss Fulcher is still contactable via email and may be able to offer support for families who need advice or who may be struggling.

jacqui.fulcher@gvsf.school

 

Hints and Tips

  • It won’t be possible to replicate a full school timetable for a variety of reasons. If your child is struggling to keep up with the volume of work set please do not worry about this and just do the best you can.
  • Stress and anxiety are normal responses to this unpredictable situation. Young people may show an increase in stress without being able to say why. Keep them updated on the coronavirus so that they do not have to ‘wonder’ but be mindful of how you discuss it so that it is not fear inducing. Reduce access to rolling news so that they can switch off and provide lots of reassurance.
  • A consistent routine/predictable plan helps young people to feel secure about the plans for the day. It is often useful to involve children in creating this routine, so that they feel part of the plan, rather than having a plan imposed on them. You could display a routine using a timeline, or maybe pictures and visuals. It is important to encourage children to develop independence by referring to their own routine/plan.
  • Life skills are an important part of a child’s development and this time at home could provide a great opportunity for your child to spend time with family members, sharing the workload and learning valuable life skills. The following is a list of suggestions; it is useful to note that almost any activity that you engage in with your children can incorporate life skills work.

 

Life Skill

Activity

Communication

Lots of conversations

Reminding them to take turns

Reminding them to listen to other people’s contribution and responding directly about that

Decision Making

Create their own visual timetable that includes all of the essential elements of the day

Creative Thinking

Story Telling, Art and Crafts, Summarising, Compare and contrast conversations, Maths word problems

Problem Solving

Can be done at any time when there is a task or chore that needs to be thought through. Simply talking through the process of defining a problem, analysing the cause and evaluating the solution will give the young person a system or process that they know they are able to use.

Coping with Stress

Relaxation techniques, exercise,

PE with Joe (Daily at 9:00am on You Tube) Keep Active tips

NHS - 10 Minute Workouts 

Cosmic Kids Yoga 

Cooking

Supporting parents to prepare meals 

understanding what makes a healthy menu 

Creating meals from basic store cupboard ingredients

Shopping

Writing shopping lists, online shopping, costing, budgeting

Planning

Use of calendar/schedule

Planning menu for the week

Housekeeping

Cleaning rota, helping with laundry

 

 The following links to books, advice, activities and websites may be useful to you and your child during school closures:

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