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.
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Returning to school
Our young people have experienced a huge amount of change and disruption in the last year 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 latest templates are aimed at helping youngsters adjust to school timetables, weekly workloads and even self-testing for secondary pupils.
Explaining the Covid Pandemic
Coronavirus or Covid-19 is a new infection and trying to explain it to those with support needs or disabilities can be difficult.
These videos and social stories can help:
The Dealing with COVID-19 website also has loads of visuals and guides for those working with individuals with learning difficulties.
Social distancing and local restrictions
The rules on social distancing, mask wearing and household interactions depend on which region of the UK you live in. The Scottish rules are clearly explained for parents/carers on the Parent Club website
From Monday 2nd November Scotland enters into a tiered system of restrictions – find out which level your area is on here.
The below links are have great visual explanations of social distancing rules:
Click above to browse a selection of the best visual tools we’ve found:
During lockdown we created a series of newsletters with useful suggestions and tips for coping with the changes to routine and dealing with emotions. Although lockdown has begun to ease, we are adapting to a ‘new normal’ and evolving restrictions during which you may still find this information relevant:
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!