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Preparing a child for school

"I feel" cards

Children who are unable or unwilling to verbalise their feelings may find it easier to use cards which indicate their current mood. Here are some cards you can downnload and print out to support communication

ASD and managing behaviour

Some suggestions on how to support the behaviour of children with autism spectrum disorders

Action checklist for transition to school

Here is a short checklist of things to consider when supporting children with disabilities as they transition into or within a school.

Activity cards

Using cards as visual aids to support pupils to articulate or understand schedules, activities and timelines can be very effective. Here are a set of cards which describe various activities that can be used in a variety of ways including timelines or as communciation aids.

Activity clock template

Helping children understand how long activities take or when they start and finish is an important way of building their confidence in the classroom. Use this template to support children to understand the schedule in your classroom.

American Sign Language - letters of the alphabet

Learn the letters of the alphabet in ASL

Autism - Approaches and strategies

Signposting to strategies, approaches and interventions to support individuals with Autism

Building Communication Skills

Communication is vital to every person. It enables us to express ourselves to say what we like or dislike, how we are feeling, what we need or want, and to form relationships with people and the world around us. Every person can communicate in some way. The key is working with, listening to and observing to find out exactly how the person would like to communicate.

Building social skills

Social skills are crucial for children to succeed in life. These skills enable a child to understand their own emotions and relate to other people and the world around them.

Communication and students with autism

A short guide to understanding how to communicate effectively with students with autism

Communication passport

A communciation passport can be a great tool to help you communcate with children who cannot speak up for themselves

Days of the week cards

Using visual aids to support children's understanding of the schedule and strucutre of the week can be an effective way of supporting communication and engagement. Use these cards on timelines or as communication cards.n

Down's Syndrome and toilet training

A guide to suppport toilet training in students to support their attendance at school

Dyslexia in the classroom

Some tips to help you support children with dyslexia in the classroom

Feelings chart

A visual aid to help children express their feelings in a non-verbal way

Gesture cards

Using gestures and signs to articulate common words and needs can support communication with individuals with disabilities who are unable or unwilling to speak

I am an amazing person

Celebrate your child

Individual Behaviour Plan

Behaviour plans are important tools which allow you to create expectations and understandings between pupils, parents and the school. Use this template to start to develop a behaviour plan in collaboration with individuals, their circle of support and school staff.

Individual Education Plan template

An Individual Education Plan (IEP) is a comprehensive tool that can be used to understand the needs, develop a learning journey and succeed in realising the potential of pupils with disabilities. Here is a plan that you can use and develop for use in your own classroom to use with your pupils.

Preparing a child with a disability for school

Successful inclusion in the classroom starts with preparations that begin before a child enters school. Here is a short guide to understanding some of the factors which need to be considered when preparing a child to participate in school.

Students with ADHD and structuring the school day

Some suggestions on how to support students with ADHD and the structure of the school day

Supporting an individual with cerebral palsy to eat

Children with cerebral palsy may need to be supported to eat so they can access schooling, here are some ways they can be assisted

Transitions action plan template

To support children in transition, whether into school or within school, an agreed plan is an invaluable tool you can use to ease the challenges of change. Download and use this template to support individuals to experience change positively.

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