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Hello,

I am going to be adding a few things on here that might be useful to you during school closure. 

If you have any questions please do email me and I will try to help!

Take care,

Mrs Harris 

 

Support for families from Educational Psychology Service

 

If your child is finding things particularly difficult at the moment and you would like to talk through your concerns with 

the Educational Psychology Team, they are available for you to have a phone consultation with them. See Information below:

 

If you are concerned about how your child is coping during coronavirus and live in the Dorset Council area, you can request a 30 minute consultation with one of our educational psychologists.

Consultations are available Monday to Friday from 9am to 4:45pm.

Calls are confidential unless there's a risk of harm to you, your child or someone else. 

Call 01305 228300 to ask for an appointment.

 

Social Stories 

 

Trying to explain what is happening and why there are changes to our normal lives can be tricky.

Here are some visual social stories, you can choose the ones that are relevant or cut up sections which are useful to you.

Mrs Barnett has recorded one you can listen to. 

 

A social story to explain why we are staying at home at the moment read by Mrs Barnett

Routines and Structure 

I know that for some children they will be finding the change in routine and structure challenging.

In school we have routines, use visual time tables and ensure children feel more in control by knowing what is happening in the day or week ahead. There is much evidence to show how visual time tables are useful for children with additional needs, but to be honest we all find routine useful!

If you can create some routine and structure to the day, children will respond well to it.

Simple things like knowing  what is happening each day, or now and next can be reassuring and calming to everyone.  

I am attaching some different ideas for time tables, daily charts and checklists. You can choose which ones you think would be useful. 

Checklists can be used to allow children to tick off what they've done. This gives them some choice but ensures all the things that need to be done are completed. (If needed you can agree a reward to completing the daily checklist such as playing a game, extra time on computer or watching a TV show)

The daily checklist and time tables can be cut up to suit your day.   

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