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If your child has special educational needs it can be particularly hard to identify mental health difficulties. The information below will hopefully help them to express their feelings and cope with life’s ups and downs which we are currently experiencing more effectively.

It’s not always easy to identify mental health difficulties when many of the symptoms overlap with impairments such as autism or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD).

The important thing to look out for is any change in your child’s usual behaviour patterns, for example, if they are:

  • Unusually withdrawn
  • Hyperactive and lacking concentration
  • Expressing sadness
  • Unusually anxious
  • Experiencing disturbed sleep or sleeping more than usual
  • Self harming
  • Expressing anger or fear
  • Asking unusual questions
  • Eating more or less than usual
  • Less able to focus
  • Restless and fidgeting
  • Experiencing frequent tummy aches or headaches

If you are concerned about your child in any way, then please contact Mrs Randall at r.randall@southdale.wakefield.sch.uk and I will do all I can to support you at this difficult time.

 

Useful support from the National Autistic Society

https://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/coronavirus/resources/helpful-resources.aspx

Support for ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) from CIAT  (Communication, Interaction and Access Team). Supporting children and young people with Autistic Spectrum …

CIAT have created a resource pack to support during this time away from school. Here is some advice for this time:

Advice for parents of children with autism during the coronavirus crisis

The contents of the pack is below:

Resource Pack Contents

Structure and routine
  • Basic school symbols set
  • Task organiser
  • Notes on the use of a visual timetable
  • Star wars task board
  • Reward chart
  • Motivator puzzles
  • Timetables
  • Now-next deal
  • Morning chart
  • Structured leisure activities
Structure and routine for parents

Early Years Visual Starter Pack

home symbols 1

home symbols 2

key prompts, instructions – Copy

My_Task_Organiser

Outside symbols – Copy

tool-28-reward-charts

tool-29-motivator-puzzles

tool-36-structured-leisure-activities

Useful sources of further information

Visuals Booklet – support for parents

Structure and routines for children 

Basic school symbols

My_Task_Organiser

Notesontheuseofavisualtimetable[1]

star wars task board

tool-28-reward-charts

tool-29-motivator-puzzles

tool-31-timetables

tool-32-nownextdeal

tool-33-Morgans-morning-chart

tool-36-structured-leisure-activities

Hygiene and Social Distancing
  • Hand washing visual sequence
  • Hand washing visual timetable
  • Hand washing social story

hand washing sequence

hand washing

Handwashing Social Story

Washing Hands – Copy

Communication
  • Resources for gaining pupil views
  • About Me! Communication passport
  • Big problem / little problem
  • Pupil passport
  • Communication friendly ways to use your Ipad2
  • Help me understand – communicating clearly
  • People Games booklet

Big Problem

Communication friendly ways to use your Ipad2

Help_me_understand[1]

People Games booklet

What hurts board symbols

What hurts board

About Me! Communication Passport

Blank matthews_passport powerpoint

People Games booklet

Anxiety and well-being
  • Stress bucket
  • Emotion thermometer
  • 5 to 1
  • How do I feel?
  • Happy books
  • Cognitive picture therapy example
  • Traffic light
  • Visuals for anxiety

All about worry

Stan the Dinobrain

tool-15-The-stress-bucket

tool-16-emotion-themometer

tool-17-5-to-1

tool-18-How-do-I-feel

tool-20-Happy-books

tool-22-Cognitive-picture-therapy-examples

Visuals for anxiety

Sensory and Physical
  • Homemade sensory activity recipes
  • Sensory activities booklet
  • Sensory profile
  • Environmental checklist
  • Sensory strategies

Homemade Rubbery Goop Recipe

tool-41-Strategies-to-address-need

tool-42-Sensory-profile

tool-44-Environment-checklist

Learning
  • Structured activity worksheets
  • Workstation top tips

tool-35-structured-activities

TopTipsTEACCHWorkstation[1]

 

Useful websites