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Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings – Updated 8th September

Lorraine Petersen has compared this document with the mainstream one that was updated on 28th August and has indicated the additional information for specialist settings. Purpose of this guidance In developing this guidance for... Read more

Top Ten Tips for preparing schools for September for pupils with SEND

1. Work closely with parent carers in everything that you are planning. For many students their parent carers have taken on the extended role of teacher, therapist, support worker and much more for nearly half a year. They have supported... Read more

Supporting your Child’s development

Sharing one more activity with you all before we break up for the Summer (phew we made it!). Activity: Teaching inferences from pictures Why?: The ability to make inferences is an important higher level skill. Simply put, making... Read more

More ideas to support your child’s vocabulary development!

Activity: Naming words for a given category Why?: Being able to sort words into categories is how our brains learn words! It gives us a way to make connections between words, such as their similarities and differences. Plenty of... Read more

15 minute ideas to support your child during Coronavirus lockdown

Vocabulary game: Sorting pictures/words into categories Why?: Being able to sort words into categories is how our brains learn words! It gives us a way to make connections between words, such as their similarities and... Read more

15 minute ideas to support your child during Coronavirus lockdown

It’s Mental Health Awareness week! In the spirit of things, we’re sharing a simple calming activity you can do at home with your child. Activity: Creating a family meditation routine. Why: The Covid-19 outbreak and... Read more

15 minute ideas to support your child during Coronavirus lockdown

As discussed in our previous post, it is hard for many children think flexibly about situations. This is especially harder for children with ASD as they have trouble integrating information to understand situations and see the... Read more

Accessing online Speech and Language Therapy at home and in schools during the COVID 19 lockdown

During this period of lockdown Integrated Treatment Services has been able to readily support all of our education and care settings across the UK, with uninterrupted therapy services. We have also been able to support new families... Read more

15 minute ideas to try at home: Vocab Ideas

This a good resource for younger children and easy to use. You can make a vocabulary card (see below on left for example) or use a word map (see below on right for example). There are lots of these available online or resource books (see... Read more

15 minute ideas for home: Musical Instruments

Another idea to encourage attention and listening skills in children. What you need: a selection of different musical instruments, e.g. bells, shaker, drum, whistle, keyboard etc. (I personally use a Chinese drum shaker. If you don’t... Read more