COVID 19 response for children with SEND
We understand that we are not there face to face at the moment for all of the pupils that we support, but we can arrange a chat and check in on Teams if you or your child wants to speak to us. Please just email us email@example.com
During the current lockdown (January 2021) school continue to be dedicated to the progress of all pupils, including those who have an identified Special Educational Need.
Remote education will be suitably tailored if your child has special educational need and disability (SEND). We will provide online work that is differentiated to specific needs and we will be providing a range of resources to support home learning. If you need any additional support or information, please contact your child’s class teacher in the first instance. Each child on the SEND register will be called by the class teacher bi-weekly and again by the SENDCo bi-weekly. As always, should you wish to speak outside of these times please call the school office.
Pupils with an EHCP have all been offered places in school as part of our lockdown provision.
Strategies to support anxiety
Here are some strategies that you can use at home to support you child if they feel stressed or anxious or are just not coping at any point during lockdown, some of these may not work and that is okay.
1) Keep your child in a routine, it is important to get them up and get them ready each morning as they would for school. Structure and routine are good and mentally it gets us ready for the day ahead.
2) If your child is feeling stressed with school work online then you can give them a break, it is okay to take a break from learning and it is okay to not complete the work all in one go.
3) Break up the work into smaller chunks and if you can use a visual cue or now and next board to show them what they have to do. You can create your own or we can help you make one.
4) If they need it, use a timer to give them a clear start and finish time for each activity or lesson. You can use online timers, such as the one here - https://www.online-stopwatch.com or you can buy one online.
5) Make sure that they get some downtime and they get some time to relax.
6) If your child gets angry, then give them some space and allow them to go somewhere that they feel safe, possibly their bedroom and let them do something that they like, something that will calm them down.
7) Do not push them to talk about why they are angry or upset until they are ready to talk. If you push it too quickly then they may have to start the process of self-regulation again.
8) Provide them with calming/sensory equipment. It can be a simple as a ball of blue-tack or can be more expensive, such as a sensory cube or tangle toy.
9) If your child needs an overlay in school then they can download the Colorveil programme to support them whilst they are doing their online learning and it is free - https://www.aurelitec.com/colorveil/windows
10) Do not struggle alone and ask for help.
The Government have worked with a range of other organisations to create extra resources for parents of children with SEND:
- COVID-19 educational resources from The Sensory Projects
- SEND-specific resources for learning from home from Tech Ability
- advice on supporting children with a learning disability or autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) from the Council for Disabled Children
- resources for under 5s from the Early Years Alliance
Curriculum materials are also available:
- specialist content for pupils with SEND from Oak National Academy
- SEND-specific BBC resources and activities