Returning to School
Going Back to School Social Story
For those who have ASD needs, feeling anxious or are unsure what to expect.
For Parents and Carers
Supporting Daily Routines During School Closures
A video to help discussions with your child.
These are helpful for anxious children, those with low motivation, those with autism, sensory processing difficulties, speech communication and language difficulties and those with sequencing difficulties.
Now and Next Board and Cards
Some children who struggle to concentrate or remain motivated may benefit from ‘Now and Next’ Cards. This is a particularly good way of introducing rewards for task completion. If your child struggles with this, make the ‘target task’ very short, followed swiftly by the reward activity. The reward activity might be a ‘special interest’ such as playing with trains or lego. Gradually, the child will trust the reward process and you can extend the target task gradually.
Speech and language stories for children, raising awareness and supporting.
These resources generally support attention and listening skills as well as a range of other skills that are important for successful communication, eg. turn taking, emotional literacy, speaking, auditory memory, language, eye contact, etc. Attention and listening skills are the foundation for communication and are essential in all aspects of life.
Barrier Games (attention, concentration and listening skills; expressive and receptive language skills and social interaction skills)
Change One Thing Game (observation skills, turn taking and working in a group)
Dice and Movement Games (listening, attention and taking turns)
Emotion Charades (listening and attention skills, developing emotional literacy)
Eye Game 1 - 20 (eye contact and following eye gaze)
Find The Sound (listening skills)
Follow The Leader (eye gaze and working in a group)
I Went to the Supermarket and I Bought... (listening to peers and auditory memory)
Listening Stories (listening skills)
Animal Themed Listening Story
A Rainy Summer Day Listening Story
A Seasons Themed Listening Story
Autumn Themed Listening Story
Bonfire Night Listening Story
Christmas Eve Listening Story
Farm Visit Listening Story
Going on Holiday Listening Story
Space Themed Listening Story
Listening Walk (listening to what is around them)
Memory Games / Kim’s Game (visual or auditory memory)
Musical Statues (listening, attention and working in a group)
Name Race (sometimes called ‘Fruit Salad’) (listening skills)
Pass the Claps (turn taking and listening skills)
Pass The Whisper / Secret Messages (listening to peers)
Preposition Games (listening, attention and understanding of prepositions)
Preposition Football Game
Preposition Tree Game
Where is the Alien Game
Bingo Picture and Word Boards
Bingo Picture and Word Lotto Boards
Bingo Picture Boards
Bingo Picture Lotto Boards
Bingo Word Boards
Bingo Word List
Bingo Word Lotto Boards
Sensory Activities (listening and attention)
Simon Says (listening and attention)
Top 5 (listening, attention and vocabulary)
What's Happening? (Inference)
What's in the Box? (listening and attention skills, and introducing auditory comprehension)
What’s That Sound? / Whose Voice Is It? (listening skills)
Wink Murder / Winking Witch (eye contact and following the gaze of another person)
Weekend / Evening News (turn taking, listening to peers, listening in a group)
Fine Motor Skills
Fine Motor Activities with Kim Griffin (Occupational Therapist)
Daily video activities uploaded to do at home.
Red Ted Art
Simple craft activities to rehearse fine motor skills
Gross Motor Skills
Just Dance video clips on YouTube
Obstacle Courses at Home
Keep children regulated (and entertained) - they can plan their own, write it down, test it, change it, most importantly have fun with it. Try and encourage your children to start with fast activities and slow down the pace towards the end, ending in calming activities.
Movement and Mindfulness
Amazing Things Happen!
Introduction to autism that aims to raise awareness among young non-autistic audiences, to stimulate understanding and acceptance in future generations. Help...
School Closure Took Kit
For children with sensory difficulties
Websites to Support Further
An independent, user led, not for profit voluntary sector organisation, set up to help support young people on the autism spectrum and to raise autism awareness in the community. A CIC is a community interest company which means that we operate as a 'not for profit' company. At express we envisage a social environment where young people on the autism spectrum and their families feel welcomed and secure within the local community.
ERIC, The Children's Bowel & Bladder Charity has been dedicated for over 30 years to improving the lives of all children and teenagers in the UK facing continence challenges.
The National Autism Society
We are the UK's leading charity for people on the autism spectrum and their families. Since 1962, we have been providing support, guidance and advice, as well as campaigning for improved rights, services and opportunities to help create a society that works for autistic people.
IPSEA offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). We also provide training on the SEND legal framework to parents and carers, professionals and other organisations.
Special Needs Jungle
Parent-led information, resources and informed opinion about children and young people 0 - 25
Audiobooks to anyone struggling to access print
How to Sign with Makaton
Nursery rhymes, stories and games for the younger children, through to pop songs for older learners!
Tips and fun things to do with your child if they have a disability or additional needs.
These tips are kindly provided by a parent for parents.
Advice and guidance for families with any disability.
Listening to Stories
Listening Books - UK
An online library to borrow books to stream
Practise your phonics skills to support reading.
Carter's Yard Phonics
Phonics cards to view online and print at home.
Stress and Anxiety
The Flourish Kitchen
Cooking that activates all the senses and engage the most challenging of behaviours in children.
Wellbeing Resources Zone
Wellbeing and Mental Health Resources for Children, Young People, Families and Professionals
Worry boxes can be found in each year group.
These are checked on Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week by our Play Therapist, Tiwone.
She will then come and find you and chat to you about your worries, and talk through solutions for you.
Worry Box Form
print off, fill in and post in your year group.
Karen Kirkpatrick is our Behaviour and Wellbeing consultant and she will be regularly updating her organisation's Facebook page with useful resources and information around wellbeing to support you at home with your children.
Heartfelt Teaching - Promoting Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing in Schools
Behaviour and Wellbeing Facebook
Out of School
Youth Bonds - A programme for 8- 12 year olds, which runs Wednesday Thursday and Friday 4.30-6.30pm term time.
Youth Bonds supports young people and their families who are having difficulties at school, at home and in their community. This includes being at risk of crime, anti-social behaviour, school exclusion and those who are vulnerable. The main objective is to engage young people and their families in a range of positive and constructive activities to divert and support the young people away from their high risk lifestyle. The activities are decided by the young people and are designed to be fun. These include, sports, art, cooking, team games, and workshops. Young people are also given support and guidance around everyday challenges. Youth Bonds provides a safe place to learn new skills and make new friends.
Priyanka is our Senior Speech and Language Therapist who words at Victoria Junior School once a week.
She works with children that have a wide range of speech, language and communication needs including children with Autism, Developmental Language Disorder (delayed language skills) and social communication difficulties.
She completes in-depth language assessments with children at Victoria and provides either 1:1 or group therapy sessions working on language and communication skills.
She enjoys providing therapy that is motivating, relevant and exciting for children, this includes using interventions such as: Zones of Regulation, Lego Therapy and social and conversational skills training.