To help you get through this difficult time, we have gathered on this webpage some of the fantastic resources and techniques created by our expert professional colleagues.
You can find some national SEND resources on the GOV.UK website. These include educational apps and games, and will be extended as new resources are made available.
For families who are struggling to stay connected, Power to Connect by Battersea Power Station and Wandsworth Council are taking donations of fully-working laptops and tablets that can be refurbished and given to those who don't have access to one.
The GOV.UK website also has advice about exercise for people with a significant health condition, for example learning difficulties or autism.
As well as ideas to support home learning and keeping your children and young people busy, we have included some wellbeing support and resources, as this is a strange and unusual time for everyone.
We will all find something about the lockdown difficult to cope with, so please give some of these ideas a try, and please remember that you can still call (or email and request a call back) many of your usual support services for a chat. It can be helpful to share your worries, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
- three new videos about using timers, now and next boards and timetables.
Parent Pack to help you while your children and young people are at home.
Schools and Community Psychology Service (SCPS) have created infographics, resources and links:
- COVID 19 Advice for Parents Children's Response to Stress (leaflet)
- COVID 19 Information for Parents (Primary)
- COVID 19 Advice for Parents of Older Children & Adolescents (leaflet)
- COVID 19 Information for Parents (Secondary)
- COVID 19 Advice for Parents of Children with SEND or Additional Needs (leaflet)
- COVID 19 Information for Parents of Children or Young People with Additional Needs
- Helping others who may be worried, anxious or distressed
- Working from Home Resources and
- a link to the excellent advice from the British Psychological Society on talking to children about Covid 19
Unique Youth at George Shearing - Join Lisa Poole, George Shearing’s Community Massage Practitioner, on a family massage journey through lockdown - learn to massage your young adult with additional needs and any other family members.
Unique can also provide emotional support for parents and regular 1:1 touching base contact for children/young people to support them with topics of interest or causing concern.
Bereavement Information and Support Coronavirus specific information about support in Wandsworth and from national organisations.
Children's Specialist Therapies, which includes Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy are offering their current users support by telephone. The Speech and Language Therapy Team have added lots of helpful resources on their webpage. As have the Occupational Therapy Team.
SEN Talk have moved much of their service online, but are also posting out bespoke resource packs to families, if you would like one of these, please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Generate are offering weekly support chats on Zoom, have Things To Do While Social Distancing on their website and each week they’ll be adding more activities for you to do at home. They are also sending a weekly email, with how to get in touch and get support.
The Early Years SEND Support Services, Portage, Early Support, Parent and Child Development and West Hill Enhanced Children's Centre. All of these teams are providing emotional support to parents through regular contact via phone, Skype, texting, WhatsApp, etc. with a focus for families with increased levels of vulnerability.
Disability Sports Coach are offering free online activity and live zoom sessions weekly for people of all ages with a disability.
The Mainstream Secondary Speech and Language Therapy Service are being redeployed, so created a "What is Coronavirus?" newsletter for the young people they support-and for any other young people, too.
If you, or someone you know, is in need of immediate support during this time, please visit the Community Hub. This is particularly for those elderly and/or vulnerable residents without support networks, who need support to access medical/care services and food supplies. This is to help those most in need stay safe and well while they self-isolate at home.
Can’t find what you are looking for? Contact:
SEND Local Offer Team