Resources and support
Resources and support
Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities will be facing lots of changes in their day to day lives because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Their routines, regular support and the people they see regularly may all now be different. This may be a confusing time for them and as a parent you may be worried about juggling the pressures of home schooling along with your home and work life during this time.
There are lots of useful support groups and resources available for educational settings, children/young people and their families in Shropshire. You can help us by sending any additional useful information you have seen, that may be helpful for SEND families. Please email to Gemma Breckell (email@example.com)
Easy read materials are an accessible information format for people with a learning disability, using pictures alongside simple text to make things easier to understand.
The virtual Speak out Stay Safe Assembly will help children understand what’s currently happening, why they may be feeling anxious or worried, and where to get help if they need it.
This short video uses images and Makaton signing to explain coronavirus to children and young people.
This short video is a lovely resource featuring cartoon animals which is great for helping to explain social distancing to children.
This online game is aimed at primary school aged children to teach them the importance of social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.
The impact of the pandemic has left many of us juggling the new responsibility of homeschooling alongside our normal day to day duties which can feel overwhelming, so we've complied a vast list of home schooling educational resources and activities for families, children and young people and teaching staff to use during these unprecedented times.
SEND Newsletter for parents/carers and families
Shropshire Council, the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the Parent and Carer Council (PACC) have jointly come together to produce this SEND Newsletter which is aimed at supporting parent/carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. We hope you find it useful.
Support groups for parents/carers and families
Support for other parent carers has always been recognised as really important for SEND families and it has never been more important to stay in touch with each other. Locally there are a number of parent carer run support groups where parent carer can chat with each other and share experiences and information. While these groups can’t meet face to face currently, they are offering online support.
Shropshire Parent & Carer Council (PACC) have written a supporting article - 'Surviving Lockdown'.
Information Advice & Support Service (IASS)
Shropshire Information, Advice and Support Service (IASS), provides free, confidential and impartial information, advice and support around Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, including health and social care. Support is offered from initial concerns about a possible SEN and disability, through to complex information and advice.
IASS continues to be available, 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. If you would like further independent information, advice and support, email them on firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, a message can be left on 01743 280019. They aim to respond within 3 working days.
This leaflet provides further details about the service. Parents can also connect with them on their Facebook page. The IASS Youth Worker wants to hear from young people. They can offer support, including signposting, around education, health and social care issues. Aged 16 to 25? Connect with them on the Young People Facebook page.
For further information visit their website.
Mental Health Support
Gov.uk: Guidance for parents and carers on supporting Children and Young People’s mental health, including an easy read guide for looking after your feelings and your body.
BEAM: Since April 2020, Beam have been offering a call-back telephone service for children and young people who want support for their emotional health and well-being.
The telephone support replaces the Beam drop in sessions and is available for those aged 0-25 years who need some advice, a listening ear or just want to get some more information on how to feel better about themselves.
If you feel your child(ren)/young person would benefit from their support, please take a look at their website. For young people aged 13+ please ask them to contact BEAM via AskBeam@childrenssociety.org.uk. For young people who are aged 13 and under, you will need to contact BEAM on their behalf via AskBeam@childrenssociety.org.uk.
BEAM have produced a number of useful resources during this period:
Talking to your child about coronavirus
Responding to reassurance seeking
A guide for coping with social anxiety
Transitions during and beyond lockdown
Kooth: Free safe and anonymous online support for young people
Shout Crisis text line: Text 85258
A free 24/7 text service for anyone worried about their mental health
available at any time, any place and need immediate help.
Young Minds Parents Hotline: 0808 8025544 (9.30am – 4.00pm) Free, confidential online and telephone support including information and advice to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25.
Childline: A listening and support emotional health and wellbeing service for children and young people under 25: Call 0800 1111.
Healios, ThinkNinja app: Empowering children and young people to build resilience, manage their emotional health and to fulfil their potential.
Information for supporting young people's mental health during periods of disruption: https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/anna-freud-learning-network/coronavirus/
Covibook - An interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under during the pandemic. https://www.mindheart.co/descargables
Physical Health & Mobility
Physical Health and mobility with schools and leisure facilities closed and many of us spending more time at home, it is more important than ever that we keep moving and stay healthy and positive. The resources below can help us with exercise which in turn can make us feel happier, more energised and more optimistic.
Cosmic Kids Yoga Youtube video: Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specifically for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world.
Joe Wicks – P.E. with Joe, Youtube Video: Join Joe Wicks the bodycoach every day for a home workout aimed at kids Monday to Friday 9am on Youtube The Body Coach TV
Les Mills on Demand At Home Workouts (free resource): Temporary free site with over 100 workouts to do at home to keep fit and healthy while gym and exercise facilities are closed Includes a range of video classes from mindfulness, dance fitness, martial arts inspired bodycombat and high intensity training for improving strength and fitness
Energize – Movement, learning, active blasts and wellbeing resources: Links to a wide range of free resources which can be used at home to improve our physical and mental wellbeing In addition to helping families with active learning, there are a range of website with information which everyone can benefit from
AOC Sport – Resources to keep active during the coronavirus: Links to organisations, including some colleges who have collated free online content suitable for students and staff while at home
Hope Again: The youth website of Cruse Bereavement Care. It is a safe place where you can learn from other young people, how to cope with grief, and feel less alone.
Shropshire Council have put together a booklet called Bereavement & grief during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Returning to school
Research suggests that many children and young people can find the transition between schools unsettling and stressful. Following the current public health crisis (Covid-19) it is likely that many children and young people will experience similar feelings when they return to school once social isolation ends, especially those who are vulnerable, have special educational needs, or are moving to a new school.
Returning to school after time at home due to coronavirus can be a worrying time for children and parents as they wonder what to expect. This short video will help explain to them - and to you - what may have changed, and why. Check your settings website / social media page to see if they have a video specific to your setting as we have seen many excellent examples in Shropshire.
As school attendance becomes compulsory from September 2020, Shropshire Council have set up a helpline for parents and carers to offer support and guidance to ensure a successful return to school. See flyer below.
Shropshire Carer and Parent Council (PACC) have produced a series of Myth-buster sheets to provide families with a clear explanation of some of the most asked questions they have received.
What is a risk assessment and what should it include?
Can my child/yp return to school/college?
Will my child/yp still have the provision delivered within their EHCP?
When will PPE and face coverings be used?
Resources for settings
Resources for settings can be found in the Practitioner > Resources section.