Special Educational Needs & Disabilities during lockdown
ASD Training Team
The Liverpool ASD Training Team are providing a series of virtual drop in advisory sessions via zoom. They are for parent/carers wishing to talk in a private one to one setting about any questions or concerns they may have about their child. You do not require a diagnosis of ASD to book your place.
SEND support from LiVPaC
Please find below a link to some useful SEND Resources from LiVPaC (Liverpool Parents and Carers Forum). LivPaC is a group of parents and carers of children and young people with special education needs and/or disabilities (SEND) who work with education, health and care services to ensure the services they plan and deliver are fit for purpose and meet the needs of children, young people and their families across Liverpool.
The blog covers the following areas;
· Parent Blogs
· Send Resources and Support
· FOCUS: Bereavement resources
· FOCUS: Early Years / SEND resources
· FOCUS: Liverpool SEND Support Groups
· FOCUS: Mental Health support
· FOCUS: Preparing for Adult Life
· FOCUS: Supporting families during Covid-19
· FOCUS: Supporting children through Covid-19
· FOCUS: Transition back to school
· “SEND Toolkit” (an introduction to supporting children with additional needs in the classroom):
· Supporting Students with Autism
· Partner Websites
· Website and activity ideas
· Other Useful Resources
The link for the page is https://www.cultureliverpool.co.uk/send-parenting/
In response to the current coronavirus pandemic, Liverpool Local Authority’s SEND Support Services would like to offer advice and support to our settings and families during this difficult time.
If you have specific concerns these contact details may be useful.
We wanted to let you know about a great resource that is being offered for free during this current lockdown.
Picturepath is an online timeline tool that helps children with Autism and other educational needs to manage their daily routines without getting stressed (more info on website link below). They have had great feedback from SENCo’s, parents and SEND children who’ve been using Picturepath to help them adapt to home learning during the Covid-19 lockdown. Because of this they’re wanting to support more schools and families with SEND children by offering Picturepath for free for the rest of the academic year.
Links to the parents app are below:
Apple App Store – https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/picturepath/id1339643269
Google Play Store – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.acorn.picapp&hl=en_GB
For further information please contact Richard Nurse firstname.lastname@example.org
Mental health support- Support for parents
CAMHS has published a number of advice sheets for parents of children who are experiencing specific difficulties.
Change and loss activities
A set of simple, practical activities from Partnership for Children, for parents to help their children explore their emotions during times of change and loss. Parents and carers may want to refer to the guidance when using these resources. The activities and resources on Mentally Healthy Schools are intended to support children to develop life skills and coping strategies, and are not intended to be a replacement for therapeutic support. They may not be suitable for all children, so your discretion is advised.
Mindfulness & wellbeing
This A to Z of wellbeing from ‘That wellbeing guy’ has some lovely ideas for all ages.
During challenging times, it’s more important than ever to look after your child’s well-being. To help parents to help their children, Outside the Box has produced a FREE activity journal (At Home with Weaving Well-Being) to help children to enhance their mental well-being through a range of activities. Although it is probably most suitable for children aged 8 to 12 tears old it can be adapted for younger or older children. It was released as a response to the current crisis.
You can download it and print it out for your child or, if you don’t have access to a printer, your child can get the activity idea from the screen and do it on a blank sheet of paper.
Most of the topics in the journal, such as positivity, gratitude, kindness, bravery, creativity and self-kindness, are drawn from the field of Positive Psychology, which is the science of well-being. There are also activities based on dealing with worries and coping with change.
The journal aims to give children a chance to reflect and express themselves, gradually building into a highly personal portfolio reflecting unique aspects of their mental well-being. Once complete, they may enjoy looking over it again from time to time, especially whenever they need a well-being boost!
As a parent, you can use this journal to open up an important channel of communication with your child. Take time to discuss the various activities while they are completing them and perhaps even join in and try some of them on yourself!
This document provides a brief overview of mindfulness and how it can help
during unsettling times. It explains the neuroscience behind mindfulness and the
psychology underpinning it. Parents should read through the information so they feel familiar with the content before using it with their child. Mindfulness is normally taught in small group settings.
Helplines for urgent advice and support
There are also a number of free bite-size courses being provided online by Merseyside Youth Association and Liverpool CAMHS. These are available to parents and teachers. Topics include adolescent brain development, eating disorders, self-harm, social media and mental health, resilience, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) & trauma, managing a child’s worry, attachment and more.To find out more and to see all available training please click on the link:
Support for Year 6 upwards
One of the additional services to support Year 6 children, or children aged 10+, that has been provided as part of the CAMHS offer is Kooth. This is an online counselling service that has proven very popular with secondary school children, and could help to support children as they transition from primary to secondary school – particularly given the current situation. Although this service is aimed at children older than our pupils it may be of use to some families with older children.
Support for adults
If you or someone you know needs urgent advice or support at this time these organisations may help
Mental health at home-building resilience
The Jump Back July Resilience Calendar has been published by actionforhappiness.org
It contains ideas for daily actions to help you be more resilient in challenging times.
We have added further resources from Mentally Healthy Schools to go alongside our others on resilience.
Over the next few weeks we will all experience extra pressures that will affect how we think and feel. It’s important to recognise that all of us have mental health and, just like our physical health, at this time it’s important to look after it.
The anti-baddies resilience toolkit lovely resource pack that has been designed to help children develop resilience by completing small tasks to earn badges. The activities and tasks have a focus on wellbeing. The Anti-Baddies – Resilience Toolkit can be downloaded here.
Primary Schools’ Wellbeing Booklet
On page 5 of this booklet there is a checklist of little activities to complete.
Liverpool CAMHS (Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health Services) has also provided advice to help parents and carers at this time. Liverpool CAMHS promotes the mental health, emotional wellbeing of all children, young people and their families.
The website can be found by clicking on this link.
The Mental Health Foundation produced guidance about talking to children about scary world news. Although it was written in 2018 it is relevant to the current situation. The document can be downloaded by clicking on this link.