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Working with parents and carers

"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

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.

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 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

Establishing good relationships with parents and carers

Here are a few suggestions on the foundations of building relationships with pareants and carers of children in your class.

Feelings chart

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

Fun activities to build communication skills

Here are some fun activities you can use with children to help build their understanding of and ability to communicate.

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

Good parent-teacher communication

The strength of communciation between parents and teachers is very important when working to build inclusive classrooms. Here a a few basic tips to help you.

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.

Maintaining good relationships with parents and carers

Any parent or carer needs to feel listened to and valued. Never forget that they are entrusting you with the most precious thing to them. Having established a good relationship with parents/carers it is, like in any relationship important to put time and effort into maintaining a good relationship.

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.

Use of language about disability

The words we use matter - they can empower or weaken those who we are talking to and working with. Here are some tips on how to use language to engage and support.

Why working with parents and carers matters

For a pupil to succeed in school, there needs to be a strong relationship and partnership between teachers and parents/carers. This short guide explains some reasons why you need to work to develop this.