Supporting Children with Additional Needs 2020 - 2021

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Resources to Support Children with Additional Needs

We have created a page to provide you with support and strategies whilst you are at home.  We hope you find these links useful in helping to support your child and to help deliver specific strategies for different areas of need.  This page will be updated weekly to add new and additional advice or information.

Further advice and guidance is also available via the Local Offer from Stockport Local Authority.  They also have a page to offer specific support during this unsettling time to children and their families, please take a look click here.

Some of our children may be finding these unusual circumstances tricky and unsettling.  They may be asking lots of questions – Why am I at home?  When will I be going back to school?  Why can’t I see my friends and family?  The Cheshire East Local Authority website have some really useful resources that may help you to explain the situation to your children click here.  We have now added some lovely eye catching simple Visual Stories to explain Coronavirus  to children see below in the 'Files to Download'.

Parent Toolkit: SEND - BBC Bitesize - SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) resources, activities and support to help you and your family during lockdown.

****NEW**** ReachOut ASC - FREE Resources to support understanding of coronavirus and transition back into school.


Visual Timetables

Visual timetables are used widely throughout school every day.  They are great to help children understand what is happening daily and provides structure to a child's day.  They may be useful when home schooling, particularly during these uncertain times when the usual school routine is not in place. 

You could create your own visual images to show the day if you do not have access to a printer or you could use an Interactive Timetable online via Powerpoint that you could refer to daily.

Here are a few links that may be of use to get you started:

Visual Timetable examples:

Interactive Visual Timetables:


Now and Next

These are terms we use regularly in school for some of our children who may find focusing on a task difficult.  This strategy helps children to focus on the learning task at hand – the Now -  and they then know that something they enjoy is coming after it – the Next.  An image is really helpful here, instead of writing, especially for younger children.  These terms, Now/Next must be used consistently to be effective.

Whilst doing your learning task (the Now) it might also be helpful to set a timer on your phone or in the kitchen – then you all know when the task should be finished by.

Click here for an example of a Now and Next board.


Speech and Language

Some Speech and Language strategies can be practised daily through interactions such as repeating mispronounced words correctly, verbally saying words as items are used to expand on vocabulary or talking in full sentences. 

We have added a few links to specific Speech and Language websites below, giving you advice , strategies and resources on how you can continue to support your child.

Websites to support this:

I CAN - a specialist children's communication charity providing support and information for parents and educational settings.

The Communication Trust - they support everyone who works with children and young people in England to support their speech, language and communication.

Tiny Happy People - simple and easy play activities to support ear development.

NHS Speech and Language - a website with resources and videos to support Speech and Language strategies

Speech and Language Kids - Free therapy ideas and guides

Ideas at home to develop Speech and Language:

Vocabulary Booster Ideas



Motor Skills and Sensory Needs

Sensory Activity Cards- lots of great ideas of things you can create at home, not only to fill the day but to allow your child to explore using their senses!

Fine Motor Activities and Indoor Challenge Cards - Fine Motor Skills are needed for all of the movements that use our hands and fingers such as cutting, writing, threading.  If your child has poor pencil control or struggles with buttons why not try some of the practical activities above to strengthen their hand muscles.

Dough Disco - google this on YouTube - lots of songs and actions to get ALL of the fine motor muscles working....and lots of fun too!  If you do not have access to playdough why not find a recipe online and make some of your own.

The Imagination Tree a website full of great visual ideas to improve fine motor control for young children.

** NEW ** Empowering Little Minds - a jam packed page full of Multi sensory learning approaches to keep children entertained at home.

Guidance on how to support children with ADHD can be found here.


Advice on Supporting Good Sleep 

** NEW ** Evelina London - sleep tips for families.

** NEW ** Sleep Scotland - advice on how to help your child get a good night's sleep.

** NEW ** CBeebies - lovely, relaxing sounds to help your child get off to sleep.


Stockport Learning Support Service - A range of activities to support learning at home is now attached below.

SEND Support for parents - A useful list of SEND support and advice available to parents in Stockport are attached below.


*** More links coming soon!***

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