SUPPORT FOR SEN

During this difficult time the school will endeavour to support all of our SEND children. Please see below a list useful links and facebook parent groups. Miss Gregory (Assistant Head – SENCO) can be contacted via senco@vauxhallprimary.org.uk if you wish to discuss your child’s needs further.  Lambeth have also published some advice to parents - CLICK HERE 

 

General Support

 

  • Twinkl SEND – free to sign in using MARCH20
  • Visual Time table: This will help with setting a routine for your children.
  • Now and next board: Children can use this to help them understand the first task they must complete and what will be the next task.  Pupils are they able to just focus on 2 instructions.

 

  

Parent Support Groups

 

  

Social and Emotional Support

 

Here are some links to help support your child with regulating their emotions and understanding how their actions can effect others.

 

Autism support

Children with Autism need structure and routine. You can help them by using visual timetables to help them see what is happening at each step of the day, so they know in advance what they will be doing next. This will relieve some of their anxiety.

 

You might want to set a specific place for them to do any work or tasks. At school they may have this in the form of a workstation to support their learning (see example in resources section). Each child’s workstation may differ slightly, so you could ask your child to help you set one up that will suit them or that they are already used to.

 

  • Help your children to recognise and name different emotions and feelings. You can do this by discussing their own emotions, how characters in books and on TV programmes might be feeling and how you yourselves might be feeling. Alongside naming the emotion, describe it and explain why you, they or fictional characters might be feeling like that. You can also play role play guessing games and ask them to name the emotion and say why.
  • Use a 5 point scale to support children in managing their emotions.
  • Use social stories and comic strip cartoons to help children understand different situations and perspectives and address inappropriate behaviour.
  •  Have a visual aid to support wanted and unwanted behaviours
  • Be aware of your child’s sensory needs and support them in managing that need to help them learn e.g. sound reducing earphones if noise is a problem, comfortable clothes, keep the area surrounding the work space clear to avoid over-stimulation etc.
  •  Play lots of games with your child to encourage social skills, such as taking turns and winning and losing.

 

   

  

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder) support

  • Offer routines and structure
  • Create a quiet space for them to learn with no distractions.
  • Give them something to fiddle with whilst you are talking to them or you want them to focus. It can also be helpful to let them move around whilst they listen.
  • Ask them to do one task at a time
  • Provide checklists or visual timetables to support organisation.
  • Use timers to help with time management and build in frequent movement breaks.
  • Suggest rather than criticise (children with ADHD often have low self-esteem)
  • Provide lots of opportunities for exercise and movement.
  • Set up a reward scheme to encourage them and support them with their behaviour.
  • Build on success and help children to pursue more of what they enjoy.
  • Put clear boundaries in place.

 

  

 

DYSLEXIA SUPPORT

Dyslexia is a learning disorder that causes difficulty with reading. It is important to encourage children to recognise and pursue the areas in which they excel (do more of what they enjoy) and support them with the areas they find difficult.

 

  • Allow children to use a word processer to complete some written tasks. This highlights spelling errors and offers alternatives. If they can’t type, encourage them to learn, so that they are able to use a Word Processer with more speed and fluency.
  • Play games to support memory and retention e.g. pairs, Go Fish etc. (see resource links for more ideas)
  • Enable children to access age related audiobooks to develop a love of reading. Encourage (don’t force or push) them to share what’s happening in the story and share their excitement, wondering aloud what will happen next. This will also develop their vocabulary and comprehension, without them even realising that they are learning.
  • Don’t make reading a fight. Encourage children to read one page and you read the next page. Read some books to them for pleasure and invite them to read a section if they want to (don’t push if they don’t want to). By developing a love of books and stories children will naturally want to learn how to read, so make the experience as pleasurable as you can.

 

 

 

 

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE

Speech sounds

  • Model speech to the children by repeating words back to them correctly.

 

Understanding

  • Give children time to process what you have asked and respond.
  • Use simple language and break instructions down into smaller steps.
  • Encourage children to answer questions, such as who, what, where, when and why? When reading their books. Encourage them to tell you the story in their own words.

 

Expression

  • Talk about all your experiences in detail, teaching new vocabulary all the time.
  • Discuss vocabulary in books, making sure the children understand the meaning of tricky words. 

 

Social Communication

  • Play lots of games with your child to encourage social skills, such as taking turns and winning and losing.
  • Use a visual timetable and visual aids to provide structure and routines.

 

 

  

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