And just like that, we are back…………………
As another term begins, we hope you had a nice Easter and enjoyed the lovely weather. It is the little things that we really appreciate in these difficult times. We hope that you and your families are well and keeping safe. We really want you to know that you are on our minds and that we miss your faces, our chats, the fun, the things that make you, you!
To support you and your families we have compiled a range of resources and sites which we feel will be of great benefit in filling, what sometimes feels like, long days. It is hard to keep thinking of new ways to busy ourselves and learn new things. We hope that you will see this as a guide which you can use as much or as little as you feel able to. Some information will suit some and not others.
That is ok.
We think it has become clear to us all that getting into some kind of routine is the best way to get through the day. Having a regular rising time and a regular bedtime is a really good start and end to the day. Then, in between, we can try to fit in as much or as little as we are able for.
There is always tomorrow.
If you have found something that has really worked in your family please let us know. Sharing our useful experiences may really benefit someone else.
As ever you can contact us if you feel we can help in anyway –
Patricia Moore P.Moore@shstullamore.ie Coordinator of the Leavy Centre
Orla Keane O.Keane@shstullamore.ie – Additional Educational Needs Coordinator.
- The Great Isolation Activity Book
- Physical Activity
General resources for students with Additional Educational Needs
- CEIST general resources:
- Psychological services of Ireland:
- NCSE – https://ncse.ie/online-resources
- Sensory resources: https://inclusiveteach.com/tag/sensory/
- Social Stories -how to explain our current situation https://www.psychologicalsociety.ie/source/Social%20Distancing%20Social%20Story.pdf
- Coronavirus – a book for children: https://www.psychologicalsociety.ie/source/Coronavirus-ABookForChildren.pdf
- Brain Parade – http://www.brainparade.com/products/see-touch-learn-free/
A visual instruction app, including flash cards and picture-choosing games, for children with autism and special needs.
- Council for exceptional children – https://www.cec.sped.org/Tools-and-Resources/Resources-for-Teaching-Remotely
- National Association for Gifted Children –
- Gifted and Talented Network – http://gtnetwork.ie/
A site which aims to support students with a high level of ability in more than one area.
- HelpKidzLearn – https://www.helpkidzlearn.com/
A collection of games and resources designed for a range of educational needs and stages. It includes provision for school closure.
- Sensory App House Ltd – https://www.sensoryapphouse.com/
A range of apps are available for pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) or Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD). All are interactive and many do not require significant coordination abilities.
- Visuals2Go – https://www.visuals2go.com/
An all-in-one app created to support people with communication and learning difficulties. For verbal and non-verbal learners.
- Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
A downloadable guide to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of pupils and students during periods of disruption.
- Inclusive Teach – https://inclusiveteach.com/free-printable-sen-teaching-resources/
Downloadable teaching resources to support pupils with SEND.
- PMLD thematic units – from the Northern Ireland Curriculum – http://www.nicurriculum.org.uk/curriculum_microsite/SEN_PMLD_thematic_units/index.asp
Comprehensive guidance on themed activities for learners with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD). A full sensory curriculum is offered.
- Priory Woods School – http://www.priorywoods.middlesbrough.sch.uk/page/?title=Resources&pid=3
Resources from an award-winning, innovative school. The resources include apps and programmes
- SEND Gateway
A range of SEND guidance videos created in collaboration with the Centre for Education and Youth (CfEY) in addition to many other experts within the sector.
- SENict Activities- https://www.ianbean.co.uk/senict-members-resource-portal
Downloadable activities aimed particularly at Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) and Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD) learners.
- Speech and Language Kids – https://www.speechandlanguagekids.com/free-speech-language-resources/
A range of education and therapy resources for speech and language problems. A podcast is also available on iTunes for verbal and non-verbal children.
- UCL Centre for Inclusive Education – https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/departments-and-centres/centres/centre-inclusive-education/homeschooling-children-send/managing-transition-home-schooling
A guide to help parents adjust to remote learning by providing advice and links to resources.
Apps for Dyslexic Learners
- WHAT IS DYSLEXIA
- HAPPY MATH MULTIPLICATION RHYMES
- READ TO ME
- DD’S DICTIONARY: A DYSLEXIC DICTIONARY
Apps for Autistic Learners
- SEQUENCES FOR AUTISM
- WORDS ON WHEELS
- VERBAL ME
- AUTISM HELP
- AUTISM DDT SHAPES
- AUTISM DDT LETTERS
Apps for learners with writing difficulties
- THE WRITING MACHINE
- IWRITE WORDS
- LETTER SCHOOL
- ALPHA WRITER
- ABC POCKET PHONICS
- WORD MAGIC
We really hope that you find something useful on this list.
In the meantime, stay safe and take care of yourselves and each other, until we see you all again.
We certainly hope that will be sooner rather than later 😊