Additional support from Mrs Hammond for SEN learners whilst the school is closed:
- Normalise the experience - reassure children that lots of adults and children are in the same situation
- Help children stay connected to their friends - friendships are a key resiliency factor for children and young people - this is where social media and technology can be used as a positive - use Skype and video calling to keep in touch
- Try to keep routines at home as similar to the school day as possible, but don't try to replicate a full school timetable - keep expectations manageable
- Don't put too much pressure on academic work - it might be more important to be spending time together, building relationships and enjoying shared activities together
- Use visual timetables/now and next boards so that children know what is happening and what's coming next
- Expect stress - this is an uncertain and unpredictable situation - stress and anxiety are normal
- Build in active learning breaks, such as time outside
- Make the learning fun and practical - (the suggestions on the class pages may not be suitable for your child) - eg follow instructions to build/cook something together, try using a range of different materials for writing - eg sand/paint/chalk etc
- Share books together or read to a younger sibling or even the dog!
- Make expectations very clear - try a small target followed by a small reward
- Supervise children with screens - manage their time carefully
- Play - play is fundamental to children's wellbeing and development for children of all ages! It's also a great way to reduce stress for adults!
- Try to have some fun and if the learning session isn't going well- then take a break and try again the next day!
Some useful links:
https://speechandlanguage.info/parents - useful information and activities for Speech and Language Needs