FREE Speech and language, OT, and many other SEND resources for families and schools

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      Speech sound resources

      • A huge range of speech sound resources - Twinkl
      • Listening activity for children - Cbeebies
      • Hear sounds at the beginning and end of words - Speech link
      • Saying 'i' and 'ee' game (English) - Twinkl

        Language resources

        • Webinar - Developing spoken language within the early years - WordAware
        • Developing early vocabulary. Matching game - Twinkl
        • A huge range of language resources covering various targets - Twinkl
        • Questioning and verbal reasoning - Twinkl
        • Attention and listening resources - Twinkl
        • Listening activity for children - Cbeebies
        • Auditory memory resources and activities - Twinkl
        • Speaking and listening resources and activities - Twinkl
        • Word finding, vocabulary, and categories - Humber NHS
        • Understanding and using concepts 'first' and 'last - Language link
          • Prepositions (in/on/under/behind/in front/ next-to) - Language link
            • Understanding and using - 'except', 'unless', 'but not', 'if' - Game - 1  /  Game - 2
              • Understanding and using concepts 'Same' and 'different' - Language link
                • Describing items using categories, what they're used for, or labeling features of them - Language link

                  Speech and language activity resources and information

                      • Ideas for activities, and SLCN's information - Time to talk
                      • Widget  - free and unrestricted access to Widgit Online and it’s ready-made materials for 30 days
                      • 10 weeks of free books, communication supports, speech/language activities for students with communication difficulties and SEND - Tobiidynavox 
                      • Resources and advice for supporting children who are early years and primary aged. Hints and tips to support play and communication - ICAN charity
                      • APD support - Information and links about Auditory processing disorder 
                      • NAPLIC - Developmental language disorder information 
                      • ICAN charity - Talking Point - information on children’s communication

                      Info graphic supporting good oral skills

                      Credit: Do-It solutions

                      Occupational Therapy (OT) resources and information

                      • Podcasts on sensory processing - SENDcast

                      Visuals and visual timetable resources

                        • Digital visual timetable you can use/adapt on a phone/tablet - Free trial - PicturePath App

                            • 10 weeks of free content, leveled and thematic units created with Boardmaker - books, communication supports, speech/language activities for students with communication difficulties and SEND - Tobiidynavox 
                            • Making choices board - Twinkl

                                AAC resources

                                • Widgit Online - Free, 30-day access. Create indivdualised boards
                                • Free, adaptable commenting boards and a guide to using them - AAC website 
                                  • Free games accessible via alternative methods - Eye gaze/switch, etc - SENict resources

                                          Signing resources

                                          • BSL - free online course for under 18's 
                                          • Free Makaton resources - Makaton
                                          • Signing Hands - Signed stories  On Mon-Fri 10.30am join Signing Hands, on FaceBook  /  YouTube or Zoom for some daily fun
                                          • Animal signing game - Twinkl
                                          • Makaton-signed video -To help those with communication difficulties understand the current situation

                                                      Visual impairment resources

                                                      • Free apps to support students who are blind or visually impaired - Accessibite 

                                                          Literacy resources - Dyslexia and learning difficulties

                                                              • Reader Pen - A pen scanner for those with reading difficulties - that reads text out aloud in English/Spanish/French - Free 14 day trial - Sign up here 
                                                                • CrickerSoft - Reading and writing software for all abilities - Free during this period
                                                                  • Free apps to support students who have reading difficulties - Accessibyte 
                                                                    • Phonic reading games for all children, including those who cannot read or have dyslexia. Email: for 20% off using cv2020  - Trugs
                                                                      • Emily Weston - 16 activities that children can use to aid their home reading, or their reading in school. It has a range of skills included such as prediction, summarising and inference
                                                                        • Free access to Clicker at home during this period - CrickSoftware 
                                                                          • PedFed - Free, daily literacy videos
                                                                            • Free Phonics resources for children with SEND - Ann Sullivan (you might be asked to create a free account to access the resources)
                                                                              • Reading aloud - Children can listen to stories being read aloud - YouTube
                                                                                • Gruffalo workshop, and lots more. Plus stories read by Tony Ross, author - 7 stories, Facebook 

                                                                                  Maths/numeracy resources

                                                                                  • PedFed - Free, daily maths videos

                                                                                    Down Syndrome resources

                                                                                    • A list of resources to support learners with Down Syndrome and their families - Down Syndrome 

                                                                                        ADHD, autism 

                                                                                              • ADDISS - ADHD charity - resources and information

                                                                                              Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

                                                                                              • FASD - Teaching resources for children with FASD

                                                                                                Learning activities and resources for a range of additional needs

                                                                                                • Advice, learning activities and recommended toys, books, and resources for children with SEND - SEN resources blog 
                                                                                                  • Ideas for accessible and inclusive games, apps, resources - ALN home school
                                                                                                      • Free Home Learning resources for families and schools - includes virtual tours of museums, zoos, online learning, music, arts/culture, and much, much more!

                                                                                                            Fun, engaging, online & offline activities

                                                                                                              • Gardening - A short course for all abilities aged 13-19 years-old
                                                                                                                  • A modulated and monitored, online site for autistic children and young people - Autcraft
                                                                                                                    • Tinkercad - Free software tools that help you to think, create and make 3D models online. MineCraft, Lego, and other tools
                                                                                                                        • Virtual Tours  - Virtual online tours - including zoos, landmarks in foreign countries, etc.
                                                                                                                        • Aquarium – Georgia aquarium allowing you to tour under the sea

                                                                                                                          How to make an insect hotel - nature activity

                                                                                                                          30 Day lego challenge

                                                                                                                            Movement and exercise

                                                                                                                            • Free, fun activities to get children moving - iMoves
                                                                                                                            • Fine motor: Kim Griffrin, Occupational Therapist - Daily fine motor activities families can follow along to at 11am on Facebook - the videos will also be available on Griffin OT-YouTube

                                                                                                                            Concentration and behaviour resources

                                                                                                                            • Simple, positive behaviour support resource. Plus a resource to help improve motivation in structured tasks - No experience required, includes simple, step-by-step instructions and resources for those who:
                                                                                                                              • struggle with impulsivity
                                                                                                                              • display negative reactions to rules and routines
                                                                                                                              • struggle to regulate their emotions during structured and unstructured tasks
                                                                                                                              • who require a high level of adult support within structured tasks for attention, engagement and to complete tasks.
                                                                                                                              • Task Focus Boards - Redirecting and maintaining attention in tasks - No experience required - includes simple, step-by-step instructions
                                                                                                                                • A free resource to support children and young people during structured tasks - Working towards boards - No experience required - includes simple, step-by-step instructions
                                                                                                                                • A FREE weekly webinar by Professor Andy McDonnell on the Low Arousal approach (behaviour management) Email to book & receive a link for the event. Also, more events coming from Studio III 
                                                                                                                                • The challenging behaviour foundation - info on ‘Restrictions on Contact with Family’ and FAQs ‘Coronavirus and the Law’ both in collaboration with a Barrister to help with guidance throughout the coming weeks

                                                                                                                                Anxiety, emotions and coping with change

                                                                                                                                Image of well being advice and emotions images to use alongside

                                                                                                                                Credit: Julie Rayner, Irish Psychotherapy association Download PDF

                                                                                                                                • Video/visual breathing exercise to calm stress - YouTube
                                                                                                                                • A simple story - to help children manage anxiety about Coronavirus

                                                                                                                                • MIND - coronavirus and your wellbeing
                                                                                                                                • Young minds - mental health support for young people


                                                                                                                                Credit: Mike Arminger - Download PDF

                                                                                                                                • Beating the Virus - Free e-book - A short wordless story, that will help people to understand what to do if you have Coronavirus and how to keep yourself and those who you care about safe. 
                                                                                                                                  • A video explaining social distancing - YouTube

                                                                                                                                  Credit: Josie Maitland

                                                                                                                                  Information for parents, carers, and schools

                                                                                                                                    • A daily SEND Q&A session to answer any questions in the Education Matters group on FaceBook (UK) - Simpson Millar 
                                                                                                                                    • CCH Community Child health - A guide for parents and carers to support children with learning disabilities or autism while practicing social distancing and self-isolation
                                                                                                                                    • Information and training on ADHD, autism, SLCN's, Dyslexia, Sensory processing, Working memory, ABI and other areas of special educational needs and disabilities - list compiled by Jarlath O'Brien
                                                                                                                                    • Educational Adviser, Gareth Morewood shares well wishes and useful resources on behalf of the entire S3 community during this uncertain time period: Audio recording here
                                                                                                                                    • CPD - Information and training on ADHD, autism, SLCN's, Dyslexia, Sensory processing, Working memory, ABI and other areas of special educational needs and disabilities - list compiled by Jarlath O'Brien

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                                                                                                                                    Credit: Elly Chapple

                                                                                                                                    Elly is my good friend and her daughter, Ella, is very unwell in the hospital right now. Please take a moment to watch this short TedX talk, I know it would mean the world to her. Plus, you won't regret it and you certainly won't forget it! A shoeness of a shoe


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