Welcome to the Inclusion Page!
As we find ourselves in another lockdown it is even more important to keep safe and well. Staying at home and dealing with the current changes can be difficult, so we have added some resources, ideas and tips to this page to support you all. The page will continually be updated so keep checking for some ideas on how to keep busy, healthy and safe over the next few months. Scroll down to find activity ideas; wellbeing tips and activities; stories; mindfulness activities and much more!
If you do have any specific worries, want some additional support or would like to talk to me directly please feel free to email the Ark Tindal School Info account (email@example.com) with your message and I will get back to you.
Mrs Bains (SENCo)
Mindful March 2021
RoutineHaving a routine is a key part to supporting children when they are off school. Many children thrive when they know what to expect at different times of the day. The uncertainty of not knowing can cause anxiety or stress. To support you with this, here is an example layout for a visual timetable. Feel free to use or adapt and make it your own!
Kindness doesn't only help others, being kind can help you too.
Make a list of seven kind things you can do for someone else. Some examples might include; giving someone a snack, letting someone know how much you love them, tidying your room or sending a compliment. Each day, do one of the seven kind things from your list.
Communication is Key.
Spend at least 10 minutes each day sitting and talking to your child about their interests. Some suggested questions might be:
1. What do you want to be when you are older?
2. What is your greatest passion?
3. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Social distancing can be hard to explain and understand for some children. Here is a lovely video explaining social distancing in a clear way!
Here is a video of a breathing exercise you can do. This is a great technique that you could use when you are having a bad day or it could become part of your daily routine.
Here is a yoga activity to watch and join in with. Yoga is a great relaxation activity for all.
Coronavirus SupportTo the right you can see a social story to support pupils to understand the Coronavirus. Below are some further links for to explore Place2Be – Guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing: https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blogs/2020/march/coronavirus-information-for-children/ Young Minds - Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/
Dealing with the current changes
Things are so different at the moment and we are all experiencing life in a way in which we have never experienced it before! For some children dealing with the changes may be tricky and even for some children who appear to be coping well it is important to acknowledge the changes and support children through this time. To help you do this, please feel free to take some ideas from the powerpoint below. It is full of great ideas and some lovely tasks that can be done.
Speech and Language
Speech and language development is fundamental to ensure success across the curriculum. The great thing is, many activities that can be done to develop speech and language can be very enjoyable and fun. At the heart of the development is talk. We encourage you to engage in as much conversation as possible with your children. Below are some activities that you can do at home:
The government have brought together an initial list of online educational resoruces to help children learn at home. There are many websites dedicated to supporting pupils with SEND. Below I have listed some, which are currently being offered for free:
Brain Parade: a visual instruction app, including flash cards and picture choosing games.
HelpKidzLearn: a collection of games and resoruces designed for a range of educational needs and stages.
Visuals2Go: an all-in-one app created to support people with communication and learning difficulties.
Do2Learn (USA) : a range of downloadable resources grouped by themes such as, social skills, songs and games, and picture cards.