School closure advice

Wellbeing advice

SEN

The Local Offer have created a FAQ document to answer questions from parents on Education, Health and Social Care for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Social emotional and communication needs

Advice for supporting your child with ASD / ADHD during lock down

The National Autistic Society have some great advice and support on their website.

Social stories (incl. Coronavirus social stories)

Social Stories are short descriptions of a particular situation, event or activity, which include specific information about what to expect in that situation and why. They are used to help children learn how to react in a certain situation,  prepare them on how others may act in certain situations and can prepare children for change. 

There are some Social Stories available here on our website, and there are lots available on the Twinkl website. These social stories can be downloaded and edited in order to match your child’s need. 

If you cannot find a social story that matches your child’s need, you can write your own. Guidance on how to do this can be found on the link: https://www.autism.org.uk/about/strategies/social-stories-comic-strips.aspx 

Social Stories about the Coronavirus

General Social Stories

Helping Your Child Deal With Their Anxiety During Lock Down

Over the past few weeks children have experienced a significant change in their life and for all children this will have been unsettling. For children with anxiety, this change could be very overwhelming. Children with anxiety will benifit from the folowing resources. 

Worry Monsters

Sometimes just writing down a worry can be helpful in itself. When a worrying or troubling thought comes into the child’s mind they can write it down, or draw a picture, and feed it to their monster or puppet.  They will often be willing to tell the monster about the worry when they have been unable to voice it to an adult. 

Stories

Anxiety is a very difficult feeling to understand and explain for children. The following stories are great resources to explain anxiety in a way that children can understand. 

1. The Making of Milton

2. Ruby Finds a Worry 

3. The Huge Bag of Worries

After reading the book, you could write your worries down and put them in a bag, and talk about ways to make your worry bag shrink!

4. The Worry Book

Helping Your Child Deal With Their Anger and Frustration During Lock down

Social Stories

Some children may find it difficult to understand and control their feelings and emotions. This may result in them acting in inappropriate ways. Social Stories are a great way to help children learn how to act appropriately in certain situations.

Visual Aids

We find that some children who find it hard to control their emotions can become frustrated when things don’t happen the way that they have planned and /or when asked to do something they do not want to do. These children greatly benefit from rotuine and clear expectations. Daily Visual Timetables or ‘Now and Then’ boards help children to see what is happening when and this creates a sense of security, hopefully allowing children to maintain calm. It also helps them to visually see that the things they do not want to do will not last forever and they can look forward to fun things planned afterwards (a great resource to use to encourage participation in home learning tasks during lock down). 

Stories

Anger and frustration are very difficult feelings to understand and explain to children. They can also be difficult feelings to control. The following stories are great resources to explain anger and frustration in ways that children can understand. 

1. The Red Beast

2. Marvin Gets Mad

3. Cool Down and Work Through Anger 

General Emotional Support - Nurture Group

For general emotional literacy development please use the following stories and resources. These activities would be great for those children who have been attending our school Nurture Group ‘Fun Club’. 

1. The Colour Monster
2. Listening to my Body
3. I Feel…

Speech and Language Support

Construction Therapy

Construction Therapy, sometimes known as Lego Therapy is a great way to develop childrens social and communication skills. Please open the link below to find out how to deliver Construction Therapy sessions.  

Please find below a variety of Construction Therapy resouces, or feel free to create your own!

General speech & language resources

Create, print, share and translate symbol materials online. You can create your free individual account using the code WIDGIT30

Recent advice and resources provided by the Northamptonshire SALT team

Cognition and learning

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