We have been researching and reviewing resources, sites and apps to be able to recommend them to our parents. Rather than having a specific academic focus these ideas aim to be fun, engaging, inclusive and to focus on your child or young person’s strengths, abilities and life skills so works very well for parents of children who have additional communication, social, emotional and/ or learning needs.
They are all listed below:
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Have some great resources and after a quick, free sign up you can access a really good SEND activity passport for children whose learning ages are years reception to year 6. With both Adventurer and Explorer awards free to download and lots of activities that can be done in the garden.
In a way this a tool to help parents identify and understand your child’s strengths and abilities and to help them progress to the next stage. It can help professionals and parents document the areas that children and young people struggle with and toolkits are available for all developmental ages.
For children with special educational needs in key stage 2 and 3 an amazing resource relating to appropriate friendships and relationships online and in person is the STAR SEN toolkit, covering Safe Sharing, Trust, Action and Respect (STAR). Safe Sharing works well 1:1 up to around page 23 with printable worksheets and is an invaluable resource for any parent.
An amazing online resource that usually charges a subscription free but is currently free of charge. This is a phonics and comprehension programme for children from nursery age to year 2 chronologically so may suits lots of children and is an exciting way for them to learn.
A Windows based programme which is also free of charge and amazing! It enables you to create picture boards and stories for visual learners, children who need to be able to communicate and with free picture boards relating to the Coronavirus to help nonverbal learners.
Another great idea for some young people is to engage their photography skills, give them two topics a week, for example the colour yellow, or ‘things that go’ to encourage their creative side. You could set this as a family wide project with mini competitions with grandparents or cousins for example as a way to engage them.
An online group chat application which means you can speak to several family members at once.
This is a free app that helps people with cognitive special needs thrive and gain independence. The app teaches life skills through story telling and can help children of all ages learn everyday activities like shopping, doing laundry and how to use a cash machine for example. Players collect digital Card Decks as they learn.
Stockport Council have created a SEND E-Learning course which is aimed at everyone who works with children and young people aged 0-25. It can be completed by anybody who has an interest in developing their knowledge and understanding of special educational needs and disabilities - SEND.