COVID 19 Updates

Educational help, resources and advice to support children and young people with SEND

Please check here regularly for updates and news from Newham’s SEND Support Services

This is a challenging time for all of us and we are aware of the impact this may have on our children and families and their well-being.  If you would like to speak to someone about supporting your child at home, or any questions about home learning, do ring the information lines below and someone will either be able to help you or pass on a message to the appropriate person. If you need ideas on how to support routines and learning at home, visit on our online page. Our services will also work to signpost you to other services in the local authority who will be able to support you.

Specialist Education Unified Services

Complex Needs and Dyslexia (CNDS)

Please call for advice and support

Early years team: 07970 262407 or 07970 257513 

School age team: 07970 257507

Email: CNDS@newham.gov.uk

Language, Communication and Interaction Service (LCIS)

Please call for advice and support

Autism and developmental Language Disorder.

Early years team: 07966 233 460

School age team: 07422 078277

Email: LCIS@newham.gov.uk

Sensory Service

Please call for advice and support

Hearing or multi-sensory Impairment: 07970 997425    

Vision impairment: 07866 858939

Email: Sensoryservice@newham.gov.uk

Lines are open Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 4.00 pm.  The teams aim to answer your email enquiry within 3 working days.

Online Resources and Advice

SEND Support Service staff are making a range of resources and advice available to help families on the Newham Local Offer website. Visit regularly for continuing updates and resources to assist you with supporting your child at home

Updated Educational Resources – April 2020

Supporting children & young people with autism, social communication difficulties or developmental language disorder at home:

Resource

Description

Play and learn activities - messy play

Messy play activities to try with children while at home

Play and learn activities - music

Musical ideas and activities to try with children while at home

Play and learn activities – numbers and letters

Fun activities and ideas for exploring letters and numbers with children while at home

Physical Break Activities and support for your child to enjoy at home

Fun activities to provide physical breaks for children while at home

Social partner home ideas

Advice and activities for children and young people with ASD and/or social communication difficulties: Social Partner (on SCERTS framework)

Language partner home ideas

Advice and activities for children and young people with ASD and/or social communication difficulties: Language Partner (on SCERTS framework)

Conversational partner home ideas

Advice and activities for children and young people with ASD and/or social communication difficulties: Conversational Partner (on SCERTS framework)

Curiosity containers

Includes examples of different containers which can be made and used to support curiosity, exploration and engagement between parent and child.

Developmental language disorder home ideas

Advice and activities for children and young people with Developmental Language Disorder.

Handwashing top tips

As described

Intensive interaction information handout

Advice and strategies on how to use the Intensive Interaction approach with children to develop the Fundamentals of Communication

LCIS support pack

Includes range of strategies and top tips which cover social communication, emotional regulation, sensory and visual supports.

Useful resources

Useful websites and apps for supporting home learning: general learning, autism specific.

Supporting children & young people with complex needs or dyslexia at home

Resource

Description

Drama games resource pack

GAMES PRESENTED WITH PROPS TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL SENSORY SUPPORT; collect the props (or similar) as described and play the game by rhythmically chanting the words and following the directions. Can be used with children with severe and profound learning needs

I can see cars

Simple work and symbol books using early high frequency words. Can be used with children with Dyslexia, Moderate learning difficulties, Severe learning difficulties

I like dinners

Simple work and symbol books using early high frequency words  Can be used with children with Dyslexia, Moderate learning difficulties, Severe learning difficulties

Support for reading at home with children

As described

Question cards

QUESTION CARDS relate to the SCENE BOARDS; Look at each SCENE BOARD then see if your child can answer the questions written on the QUESTION CARDS. For children with literacy difficulties or Moderate learning difficulties

Scene boards

SCENE BOARDS relate to the QUESTION CARDS. To use with children to develop language – allow them to point or use single words or short sentences to answer.  For children with literacy difficulties or Moderate learning difficulties

Scissor cutting skills booklet

NEEDS PRINTING: Cutting practice resource. Can use for a range of SEND children. Can be used with by children with Dyslexia, Moderate learning difficulties, Severe learning difficulties.

Sensory story getting up

A STORY TOLD USING WORDS AND SENSORY EXPERIENCES; Collect the resources (or similar) from around the house.  Use the SCRIPT to ‘role play’ the story. Allow lots of time for your child to NOTICE and RESPOND to the ‘sensory sensations’ you are presenting.   Children with Severe and Profound learning needs

Spelling at home with your child

Multi-sensory approach to spelling. To do in pairs and have fun. For children with literacy difficulties, Dyslexia or Moderate Learning Difficulties

Table of links

WEB ADDRESSES, USEFUL SITES AND RESOURCES: for children with a range of needs, 0-16 years old: Dyslexia, Moderate learning difficulties, Severe and Profound learning difficulties. Range of apps, links to websites, activities which you do set up without need for child to have a computer or laptop.

Visual/kinaesthetic spelling sheet

Another approach to multi-sensory approach to spelling. To do in pairs and have fun .For children with literacy difficulties or Moderate Learning Difficulties

Children’s guide to corona virus

As described

Dyslexia Explained to children

As described – read and explain with your son or daughter. Use with school staff to support consistency in helping child/young people understand dyslexia

Dyslexia Facts

For parents and schools staff – definition of Dyslexia

Visual kinaesthetic - sheet

Strategies to use to support spelling. Parents and school staff to draw on key strategies based on strengths and needs of child/young person

Springboard

Parent guide to set up routines to engage child in reading

Supporting children and young people with sensory needs (hearing, vision, multi-sensory impairment) at home:

Resource

Description

Early years activity pack

Activities for children in the Early Years (Hearing Impairment)- supporting, language, listening and signing activities

Primary age – activities to do at home

Activities for children in primary school to support language development (Hearing Impairment)

Top tips for being at home

As described

Top tips for hearing aids

How to support and encourage hearing aid use at home

Useful resources

Useful websites and apps for supporting home learning (general learning, VI specific, HI specific) including links to online stories, activities and information

Newham EPS - Resources to help us during COVID 19

The current situation is unsettling for all of us. There has been much to worry about for children, young people, families and schools.

It helps us to remember what’s important and what can help us through it.

We have compiled some resources to support us at this unprecedented time.

Please make use of these downloadable resources which we will continue to add to.

Resources:

Bereavement resources and links (002)

How to respond effectively to the coronavirus crisis - support for parents

Accessing counselling and talking therapies for adults

The Royal Mencap Society: Family Support Programme

Mencap’s closed Facebook Group is a support network for families who have children with additional needs:

This group shares useful information, activities and top tips for parents & caregivers of children who have special educational needs and parents & caregivers will also have opportunities to support and talk to each other.

The group can be joined by following the steps below:

1. Families simply complete the attached Terms & Conditions Form and email it to: raksha.patel@mencap.org.uk and Rachel.ashcroft@mencap.org.uk
2. Search for Mencap’s Facebook Page on Facebook and then select the ‘Supporting Each other – Newham’ group
3. When the completed form is received, requests to join the group will be approved

We look forward to welcoming you to this very exciting support network for families in Newham!