If you are interested in learning about any of the approaches we use in school and would like to find out more, please follow the below links to sites that can give you more information/resources.
For parent support, there are lots of resources out there. Some general ones are listed here but please contact school if there is something more specific you need. We're here to help and can signpost you to the best person/service to support you :-)
We will keep this area updated as frequently as we can to give you information and resources specifically related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Please check back regularly.
Here is the link to the government website where you can find updates and advice relating to the coronavirus. https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
If your young person is struggling to understand why they need to wash their hands properly, have a look at this science experiment:
it's a good visual way of showing how easily bugs can get shared. More resources on hand washing are in the downloads.
And here's a link to an easy read guide (with photo symbols) to the virus and what to do that you can share with your young person if they are worried.
The picture information images below are another way to help your young person understand what to do.
We have also written some social stories supported by Makaton symbols (downloads at the bottom of the page) for different situations you might find yourself in.
The most important thing to remember at this challenging time is to stay connected with your young person and wider family Here is a link to some practical ways to keep your family as normal as you can while they are not at school.
Your Kids Table has written a blog called 'the ultimate parenting guide to thriving during quarantine' which is worth a read, particularly if your child is a picky eater. Alisha Grogan is a therapist in the USA who specialises in helping families with picky eaters and sensory challenges and her resources are worth checking out if this is a concern of yours.
What might your sanity saver schedule look like? This article gives suggestions for balancing kids, parents, work and routine. It might be worth thinking what could work for you if your young person is very routine-based and likes to know what is happening throughout the day. There are other daily schedule templates floating around on the internet so have a look for some inspiration if this one doesn't appeal :-)
Makaton is the sign and symbol system we use in school. You can buy resources from the Makaton Charity but they are also very good at providing freebies!
If you are using Makaton at home, and would like to revise the signs to make sure they are accurate, this USB stick is a really good resource and has all of the Core Vocabulary signs as video clips.
Alternatively, head to https://wetalkmakaton.org/ to the Sign of the Week to learn new vocabulary. All the old videos are available on Youtube too for free :-)
We also run Makaton courses through school and are looking to try to make these more accessible for parents. If you'd like to come on a course, please ring school and let us know the best time for you.
If your young person uses or might need to use a device to help them communicate, this video will explain what it's all about :-)
The Inspired Treehouse is a really good site for sensory based OT and Physio activities which are suitable for all our young people and is run by therapists who know their stuff :-)
GriffinOT has a brilliant YouTube channel to explain about sensory processing - some of the terms people use and what they mean - and how to use some of the equipment. She is also currently running a fine motor skills daily activity for children and young people to have a go at.
Online Safety is a big worry for many parents. This free guide (just register to download) gives all the main information you need to help keep your young person safe online.
If your child is learning phonics, it can be confusing to know where to start and how to help, Carter's Yard Phonics has a super guide for parents to help you out. It can seem very different from the way we were taught at school! They also have augmented reality cards you can download for free till summer 2020.
DIR Floortime (Stanley Greenspan) - We are beginning to use this model and seeing progress in our young people, but it is based on some fairly heavy child psychology. It's a very interesting model if you like the science bit, but otherwise feel free to pass :-)
If you need a bit of support from parents who 'get' Autism, check out the local Autism links page where you can find information about Doncaster Autistic Society and links to other groups and providers across the country.
Sensory Stuck at Home is a facebook group for parents and people with sensory needs to share ideas and get support.
Amethyst Schaber is an autism advocate (and autistic herself) and her "ask an autistic" series is well worth a watch, particularly if friends and neighbours don't get what it's like. This episode includes links for non-verbal autistic advocates as well as verbal advocates like herself.
We hope we're easy to get in touch with and friendly when you do chat with us, but just in case, here's a nice guide for parents about communicating with schools - we really do want you to keep in touch :-)