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Makaton signs relating to Covid-19

This document contains key Makaton signs related to Covid-19 which you can use as you talk to people about Coronavirus (Covid-19). Makaton signs are helpful for children and young people with communication needs and learning disabilities. The signs are designed to support spoken language - signs are used with speech, in spoken word order.

Preparing to come out of lock-down: Social Narratives

These resources have been created by SENDsuccess to help children with autism, or other social communication differences/high anxiety, to prepare for the idea that lockdown will end, and things will begin to get back to normal, albeit a new and maybe different ‘normal’

Webinar Series: ‘My Understanding of Deafness’ for secondary students

Unlike most of SENDsuccess's material This 4 part course is designed for students themselves, rather than parents or teachers. It's for secondary students and aims to give them an understanding of deafness and what that may mean for a young person with a hearing loss. The four parts cover everything from types of hearing loss to how hearing can effect confidence, types of listening device and tips for looking after your mental health.

Stuck at home: Helping your child understand

Many children with learning disabilities and autism find language difficult. It can be quite easy to spot that a  child has difficulties expressing themselves  - but they may be quite good at hiding the fact that they also have difficulties understanding others.

Webinar: Lego Therapy

Lego therapy, or Lego club, as many schools call it, can be helpful for children with ASC and social communication – its develops turn taking skills, collaborative skills, joint attention, negotiation and how to ask for and accept help and clarification.

Questioning – what is the best strategy? Tell me!

Children with learning difficulties (LD) and autism often have the information you are asking them for, but don't understand the question or how it is being asked. This article will go through some top tips for educators and parents.

Autism and Puberty

This article will look at understanding puberty as a child with autism and what school and parents can do to help support them.

VI healthcare professionals: Who does what.

GPs, Ophthamologists, Orthoptists, Optometrists, Paediatricians, Dispensing Opticians. Each may have a role to play in a young person's eye care. Here's your guide to who does what.

Eye conditions

The sheer number of eye conditions out there can be bewildering. If you have a child who has received a diagnosis and you're trying to find out more information about their condition, these fact-sheets may help.

An introduction to canes

You do not have to be severely sight impaired to benefit from the use of a cane. There are different types of canes available that can help you become a more safe, confident and independent traveller. Here's a guide to some commonly available canes.

All about environmental audits

Environmental audits provide information and practical advice to make the school environment less confusing and more accessible to students, staff and visitors who have a visual impairment.

Hand-under-hand exploration

If a child has a visual or a multi-sensory impairment, their hands are the means by which they obtain information. Often the people working with these children need to bring the world to them in the form of objects.

Using ‘visual cues’ with your child

Providing your child with visual supports can be a very effective way to help them learn and develop their understanding. ‘Visuals’ can mean objects, photographs, symbols or text. It is important to know your child’s level of understanding when choosing which type of visual to use. Your school will be able to help you with this.

Toilet Training

Ideas and tips for toilet training. Mainly written for teachers, but useful for parents.

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