We are committed to supporting you and your family throughout the COVID-19 situation. To help you filter and make sense of the masses of available information, we’ll share the best resources and links on this page and via regular newsletters.
Last updated 29th July 2020
We’ve created a FREE Transition Toolkit to help you adapt back into a ‘new normal’ as we start to leave lockdown and return to school/work etc. Click below to access the free guide and all the associated resources and templates.
Read on for more coronavirus related support and resources…
Social stories are a visual way of explaining confusing situations or experiences.
Click below to browse our selection of stories including school closures, having a key worker parent and Coronavirus itself – we’ve got it all covered.
*New social stories added July 2020.
These videos are great visual explanations of what is happening at the moment:
The Dealing with COVID-19 website has loads of visuals and guides for those working with individuals with learning difficulties.
And we’ve collected loads more practical suggestions in the below sections on this webpage…
Adapting to lockdown
Lockdown is particularly difficult for children or those with support needs to understand. Currently in Scotland we are in phase 3 of the government’s route map out of lockdown which allows more freedom and interaction with other households. Check out our social stories section for useful explanations of these changes.
Social distancing rules will continue to apply for the foreseeable. This recent BBC article is a practical guide on how to safely visit other households and creative ideas for social distancing.
Even though restrictions are starting to be eased, we realise that for some, ‘lockdown fatigue’ is becoming an issue. The end may seem a long way off so it is easy to lose your motivation but keep going, you’re doing great!
Here are our top tips to make lockdown life easier…
1. Create structure
Your early enthusiasm for planning a routine may be starting to wane, but try to persevere as sticking to a timetable can be the key to success!
Read how in our newsletter, Creating Structure & Routine in Chaotic Times
Click below for useful templates to use at home:
2. Acknowledge emotions
Lockdown restrictions and social distancing are causing us to all experience strong and sometimes uncontrollable emotions.
We cover this in our second newsletter, House of Emotions full of practical suggestions and links.
3. Use Sensory Methods
Sensory play is crucial for learning and brain development but it’s also a brilliant way of regulating emotions and relaxing.
Top tips to make life more sensory in our newsletter, Sensory Spaces.
Plus, our activity book, with 26 things to Make, Bake & Feel Great! is available now!
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…
Encourage your loved one to fill in a card similar to this where they can write down their feelings. Talk about what triggers cause these feelings.
Together come up with some activities to do to diffuse any negative behaviour. This can be anything they enjoy or that relaxes them.
Proactively use coping strategies like worry boxes, breathing & relaxation exercises, journals and safe spaces are all great preventative methods.
Lockdown is a time of anxiety and emotional unrest for everyone (regardless of whether you’ve previously suffered with mental health issues) so it’s important to take a bit of time to look after ourselves. 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 recent 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…
Financial support for families
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!