At SensationALL, we are committed to sharing our knowledge to equip you with the tools you need to overcome challenges that complex conditions present. On this webpage you will find links to some fantastic free resources that have been created either by us or other amazing organisations.
If there is anything you’d like us to include please get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is our SensationALL gift to you – open the advent calendar below each day in December for a new activity or recipe to do at home right up to the big day itself!
Here is a fantastic gift list from Suz for anyone struggling with ideas for Christmas shopping
Have you written your letter to Santa yet? Click here for our Santa letter template.
Fa a la la!
Todays gift is a festive sing & sign with Jane
(please ignore the mention of the live sing along on the 9th Dec – this was recorded last year!)
Santa is coming!
We hope you have all been nice this year!
Today is all about being is nice to your brother or sister watch this clip to find out how
Enjoy our SensationALL HOT CHOCOLATE recipe
All is bright
Today we are sending you some virtual positivity with our
Get festive with a game of CHRISTMAS BINGO!
Deck the halls!
Todays gift is a Christmas decoration!
Make your own calming Christmas sensory bag
Today our gift is a relaxing Snow Globe!
Lets have some fun!
Play our Festive Frenzy Game
Christmas is the perfect time to reflect – get the whole family to do this activity and share what you are grateful for:
Santa is coming!
Make your own Santa puppet
Sleigh bells ring!
Not long to go now – use our recipe to make some
Tis the season!
Our Acts of Kindness game is great fun and perfect for this time of year
Christmas Jumper Day
The SensationALL team have got their festive jumpers on.
Can you design your own?
Santa will love these yummy cookies
One more sleep to go!
To help you relax and get a good night sleep on Christmas Eve here is a fab yoga session from Cosmic Kids:
Xmas is coming!
We wanna celebrate with you that xmas is almost here and so we are offering you this special gift. Go and download it!
To accompany our Introduction to Autism workshop we want to share the below links to valuable resources that may help families living with Autism.
Just Right For You – A story about Autism
My Awesome Autism: Helping Children learn about their Autism diagnosis
My Autism Book – Child’s Guide to Autism
Understanding Autism: Walk a mile in their shoes – A beginners guide
The Reason I Jump – One boy’s voice from the silence of autism
You Tube Clips:
What is Autism (2014) – The National Autistic Society
What is Autism (2019) – The National Autistic Society
Amazing Things Happen – Alexander Amelines
An Explanation of Autism for Children – A Different Kind of Brilliant
Our young people have experienced a huge amount of change and disruption due to the pandemic which can have extreme impacts on behaviour and mental health. In particular, the return to school after home learning is a daunting prospect for many youngsters.
The below resources are developed to help your family plan for and adapt to the changes to routine:
Our FREE Transition Toolkit is full of advice for parents/carers who are supporting a youngster in their return to school.
Click below for all the resources you need…
Communication Friendly is a group of Support for Learning Teachers in North Lanarkshire Council who create fantastic visuals and communication tools.
Their website has loads of templates and visuals to help youngsters adjust to school timetables, weekly workloads and even self-testing for secondary pupils.
Sometimes stressful or upsetting situations are unavoidable so here are some tools designed to address difficult behaviour or emotional meltdowns whenever they happen. To build resilience and as a preventative measure we recommend incorporating these types of activities into your routine…
The first thing we recommend is to use an emotions rating scale (like the ones below) to get your loved one to recognise how they feel and communicate it to you – use the scale daily as part of your routine.
A strategy card (similar to the template shown) is useful for writing down what they should do when experiencing different feelings.
Create personalised activities they can do to diffuse any negative behaviour and improve their emotional rating. Activities can be anything they enjoy or that relaxes them.
We suggest trying worry boxes, breathing & relaxation exercises, journals and using safe spaces/dens.
It’s important to take a bit of time to look after ourselves whether you are a parent/carer, sibling or an individual with a disability or support need. Click on the images below to access some great resources:
It is really important that parents & carers take some time out for themselves to recharge and try to relax and recharge. We mentioned how sensory practices can help you do this in our newsletter Sensory Spaces and to help we’ve created some “Me Time” signs you can use to let family members know when taking a bit of space…
If you are struggling financially then there are organisations who can support you, here are a few we are aware of:
- Northsound Cash for Kids – funding available for essentials (supporting professional required)
- Buttle UK – children’s grants (supporting professional required)
- Fuel Poverty relief – N Power, Heat through warmth, EDF Trust or British Gas Energy Trust
- Family Fund – for families with disabled children
- Archie Foundation – for families with sick children
- Action for Kids – mobility equipment
- Education Maintenance Allowances (EMAs) provide financial support to eligible 16 to 19 year olds who want to continue learning.
- Take A Break – respite holidays for carers of disabled child or young person.
- Happy Days Children’s Charity – respite and holidays
- Information on support and funding available for those with visual impairments or registered blind.
We are constantly pulling together lots more great links and resources to help get you through this evolving situation. Keep checking this page for more practical activities to help your family stay self-regulated and balanced.
Stay safe, stay SensationALL!