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Free resources for fun and learning - Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

If you child receives support from any of the SEN Services (Physical and Medical Needs Advisory Service, Cognition and learning Service, Hearing Support Team, Vision Support Team, AAC Team) and you would like some advice, then you can contact them using the emails below:

Augmentative and Alternative Communication Team:  aacsupport@cornwall.gov.uk

Cognition and Learning Service: cognitionandlearning@cornwall.gov.uk

Hearing Support Team: hearing.support@cornwall.gov.uk

Physical and Medical Needs Advisory Service: physicalandmedicalneeds@cornwall.gov.uk

Vision Support Team:  vision.support@cornwall.gov.uk

NEW: Going to Hospital: Photo-book for children who have disabilities Created by Royal Cornwall Hospital


The Gov UK website has a new page: Help children with SEND continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Also see our other list of resources for Early Years to Secondary, many of the ideas listed can be adapted to suit your child's need level.

Support to understand the Coronavirus:

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board have developed this very useful guide for supporting Children with Learning Disabilities or ASD through COVID-19 isolation.

The NSPCC have guidance on supporting children who have social, emotional and mental health difficulties with COVID-19.

You can also see our list of supporting documents at this time, suitable for Autistic Spectrum Disorder and a range of similar conditions.

Why not create a Family Time Capsule and use this to reflect on what is going on, you are living through history right now!

All Subjects

BBC Bitesize
From 20 April, you’ll be able to access regular daily lessons in English and Maths, as well as other core subjects, in an expanded version of our website and also on special programmes broadcast on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button. Mums and dads can get advice on how to teach anyone who is home-schooling and the Bitesize website will also have guides for pupils with SEN (special educational needs).

Twinkl
We've not only created home learning and school closure packs, but have also introduced an offer for all of them to be completely free. 

Ways to use Lego for learning
Don't forget that many of these activities could use Duplo too!

The SEN Resources Blog Youtube
Ways to learn through play, simple instructional videos using items from around home.

SENDGateway
Lots of free resources for a variety of topics.

POINT
POINT have compiled a list of useful educational, creative and activity resources that will be helpful for families to access from home.

Online resources for learning EYFS - Secondary
Websites for home learning 

Recommended educational websites and apps for parents
Cornwall Educational Psychology Service's list of recommended apps for tablets and phones

Animals, Sea Life

ORCA  
To support families at home and teachers, will be producing interactive lessons, activities and Q&A sessions about wonderful whales and dolphins! To sign up, pop your details in the survey herehttps://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ORCAlessons and we will send you all further info.

Google's 3D Animals
If you have a smartphone you can google the names of animals and have them come to life in your living room!

Arts, including Music

English Touring Opera Free Online Workshops
We warmly invite families with a child/children with disabilities and their siblings to join English Touring Opera for weekly live online music workshops at 11am on Wednesdays.

NHS Cornwall Heroes Competition
Are you aged from 4 to 18-years-old and want to see your work featured in an online gallery that celebrates our NHS heroes!? Just select one of the photos of NHS staff provided with this post to create your masterpiece and let your creativity guide you. Images - bit.ly/TheFaceOfOurNHS Ends 1 June 2020.

AccessArt
AccessArt has many resources suitable for children, teenagers and parents to use at home during self-isolation.

Drawings, letters of support and well-wishes
Send something lovely to those receiving treatment at Treliske. Please do not post physical copies, instead follow the instructions below.
To submit a letter, either scan a copy of it into your computer or take a picture of it, then send the file as a JPEG attachment to rcht.chaplains@nhs.net 
Their wonderful team will print and laminate all digital letters before distributing to the wards.

Transport for Cornwall Activity Book and Colouring Competition
Free transport and vehicle themed activity booklet. Lots of themed colouring in sheets. Just pick from one of our 10 designs which you can download from this page, colour in the picture and then upload to Facebook with #TFCColourMeIn along with your name and age. You might need an adult to help you with this bit.

Drums4Fun 
Free Drums4Fun Virtual Sessions!

Sensational Creations
A simple arts and crafts project every day. Each project will have neurodevelopmental, sensory and fine motor benefit. Suitable for the whole family to join in with.

Creatability
Creatability is a set of experiments made in collaboration with creators and allies in the accessibility community. They explore how creative tools – drawing, music, and more – can be made more accessible using web and AI technology. 

MakeItBetter Mitber CIC
Visit the website for arts activities, or sign up for free as an emerald member to access lots of free resources for art based home learning!

Little Amber Website & Free Resources
Little Amber is Amber’s innovative music service that aims to enable blind or partially sighted babies and young children to engage with music by providing families and professionals with resources and ideas for music-making.

Soundabout 
Offering live online inclusive music sessions

Family Lives
Here are some tips and fun things to do with your child if they have a disability or additional needs. These tips are kindly provided by a parent for parents.

Postcards from the Edge Project
Use any medium/materials of your choice and create something or lots of things that best express your experience / feelings / emotions. Take a photo of your work and email as a JPEG to manager@spaceforyou.biz

Design a Wrapper for Kernow Chocolate (11 and Under) 
Head over to our website and pick one of our flavours to use for your chocolate bar. We will select a winner each week and the winner will receive a £10 gift code for our website. The weekly winner will make it through to the final round.

Pixilart
Free online pixel art drawing tool

Communication, Speech and Language Resources

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

AAC – Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Resources to support young people using AAC

PrAACtical AAC
A community of professionals and families who are determined to improve the communication and literacy abilities of people with significant communication difficulties.

Comic book conversations and social stories

NAS: What is a comic book conversation?
Taken from the NAS website What is a comic strip conversation? Comic strip conversations are a technique developed…

Social Skills-Interaction resources
Social Skills-Interaction resources: ‘Comic Strip Conversations: Illustrated Interactions that Teach Conversation Skills to Students with Autism and Related…

Social stories and comic strip conversations
Social storiesTM and comic strip conversations can help autistic people develop greater social understanding and stay safe. Find out…

Social Stories
What are Social Stories? A technique developed by Carol Gray (1991) to help individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders…

Makaton

Free Makaton resources
Topical vocabulary, guidelines and other resources.

SingingHandsUK Youtube
Come and join us here on the Singing Hands YouTube channel to learn more about how to sign with Makaton for users of all ages! We have everything from nursery rhymes, stories and games through to pop songs for older learners!

Speech and Language 

Speech and Language Resources for Children with Complex Communication Needs
Lots of helpful resources to aid children who have little or no functional speech

Helping your Child Communicate
General websites with a focus on developing communication skills

Resources for Speech Development
Helpful resources and videos to aid speech development

Resources for Language Development
Resources and videos to boost your child’s language development

Speech and Language Communication Games
PDF document with ideas and games to support language, communication and vocabulary for Reception age through to primary age children 

Visual schedules

How to make and use a visual support system
How to make and use a visual support system for developing communicators. 

Picto-Selector
Picto-Selector is free, so everyone can start using visual schedules. 

Dyslexia

Homeschooling Help for Lockdown Pack
FREE digital pack designed to support Dyslexic children learning from home. Suitable for those
 home schooling, the pack includes advice, resources, access to activities and links to further information

English

Learn English Kids 
Accessible resources which can be used for vocabulary/speaking and listening

Functional and Daily Living Skills

Building structure in the day with free weekly planning template
Visual structure – how can it help? Understanding what is happening and when can reduce anxiety and challenging behaviour. Children with autism typically respond well to routine and predictability and it helps them to make sense of everyday life. Visual structure is just as important…

Chatterpack
Free resources available to download.

Lifeskills Challenge
Designed for schools and groups - but you can still view the various challenges that make up the award.

Free Makaton resources
Topical vocabulary, guidelines and other resources.

Cutlery Skills and Specialist Cutlery
Caring and Kura Care cutlery is ergonomically designed with finger guides to facilitate the correct hold when learning…

Haircare Tips
Hair washing Use a large container of water for rinsing, the extra weight of the water might feel…

Bathing and Showering
Sensory Suggestions: Use non-perfumed soap Be aware of bathroom lighting levels and minimise…

Washing and Bathing - Sensory Processing
Bath time can be very emotional for children with sensory processing difficulties. They may feel frightened because they…

Ideas to help with dressing/ undressing
Undressing is learned before dressing. Start with undressing, as this is usually easier than dressing, undressing before bed…

Tips for Dressing - Sensory
Performing self care tasks involves a series of complex processes, such as sequencing, motor planning and body awareness.…

Button Fastening
Button fastening requires many skills including co-ordinating both sides of the body and fine finger movements. Prior to…

Tying Shoe Laces
Tying shoe-laces is a skill which requires a child to have mastered many other skills including being able…

Toothbrushing
Let your child pick out their own soft, child-sized toothbrush. Develop a predictable routine for when and how…

Toiletting
Bowel control is usually learnt after bladder control - although all individuals are different and learn at their…

Bottom Wiping
What is required? Good enough balance Good proprioceptive and tactile (touch) feedback so they are able to know…

Organisational Skills
Basic skills to improve ability to organise belongings and the environment Select some of the following activities for…

Hearing Support including BSL

National Deaf Childrens Society
The NDCS have a blog for families concerning covid-19, which will be updated regularly and links to other resources and information

Speech and Language Therapy Kids
Excellent free resources specific for receptive/expressive vocabulary 

Skype and Youtube have options for subtitles.
Youtube - Find a video clip you want to watch on YouTube® and click on it. On the bottom bar, look for the “Closed Captioning” icon “CC” and click on it. If the video supports subtitles, a pop-up window will appear with options. Select the language and the subtitles will be displayed at the bottom of the video.
Skype - https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA34877/how-do-i-turn-live-captions-subtitles-on-during-a-skype-call

Twinkl
Twinkl have some BSL resources and some resources of deafness; deaf culture, equipment management, Deaf role models 

Roald Dahls Stories in BSL
Variety of his stories told with British Sign Language

Speech and Language Communication Games
PDF document with ideas and games to support language, communication and vocabulary for Reception age through to primary age children 

British-sign.co.uk 
Offering a free sign language course. Unfortunately as this was shared on social media and the waiting time just to access their website is 50 minutes. Do keep checking back as it may not stay this way.

Geography and History

Marine Traffic around the World
View all of the vessels currently travelling the worlds oceans.

Flight Radar - Flight Traffic around the World
Flightradar24 is a global flight tracking service that provides you with real-time information about thousands of aircraft around the world.

Google Earth
Explore the entire world!

Explore.org: Live Cameras from around the World
Explore.org is the world's leading philanthropic live nature cam network and documentary film channel.

Virtual tours: Buckingham Palace
An iconic building and official residence of The Queen, Buckingham Palace has been the focus of many moments of national celebration

Visit the Great Wall of China 3D Tour
As China's most famous attraction, the Great Wall of China is an essential stop on any trip to China.

Bodmin Keep - 3D Tour of Cornwalls Army Museum
Take an online tour of Cornwall’s Regimental Museum, 'The Keep', Bodmin.

See a Prehistoric Sea Dragon in 3D
Teleport to the Natural History Museum in London and encounter the prehistoric ‘sea dragon’ Rhomaleosaurus, as it comes back to life before your eyes

OCEAN3D Tours of Cornwall
Interactive online tours of our local attractions. They also have activities to go along side their videos including treasure hunts. 

Nature Space
Immerse yourself in the most vividly detailed natural spaces on the planet, captured in unbelieveably high-res 3D sound. Naturespace is a free app for iOS and Android.

Motor Skills and Physical Education

The Body Coach - Youtube
Joe Wicks is going to be providing FREE PE Lessons every weekday from Monday at 9am for all children.

Inspire Health Cornwall - dancing with Autism and Learning Disabilites
Live Fit2Wiggle classes via Zoom, join in by clicking their facebook link and downloading the app.

Occupational Therapy in the Home Sensory Activities
Identify calming and alerting activities. We all have internal levels of arousal (otherwise known as levels of alertness). 

Bumble Bee Physio
Adapted versions of Joe Wicks PE sessions. Also fun physio for children and young adults who have PMLD, cerebral palsy GMFCS level 5, Rett Syndrome, Wolf Hirschhorn Syndrome and similar.

Kids Yoga Cornwall
Live stream Yoga sessions throughout the week!

Fine and Gross Motor Skills
Skills to support Handwriting

Oxford Health
Children’s occupational therapy: activity resources

Physical and Medical Needs Advisory Service Toolkits
Suggestions for helpful apps to use at home

Keeping active at home
Ideas for physical activity 

Typing Skills
Using a keyboard for typing, for children and young people with motor skills difficulties

A gross and fine motor skills resource by Lincolnshire Health Service
Some children may require specific support to develop their motor skills at some point of their development (by motor skill, we mean movement, fine hand skills ...

Fine Motor Skills
Construction Games, Building blocks (towers, trains, bridges, copying black designs), stickle bricks, popoids, reo-click, magnetic blocks, construction/art straws. Threading/LacingBricks,…

Guidelines for Handwriting
Consider the following: 1. Sitting position A secure and stable sitting position is essential if a child is…

Handwriting - Heavy Pressure
Heavy pressure through the writing instrument can slow writing without output significantly. We know that many children struggle…

Ideas for improving Pencil Grip
On a clean sheet of paper, practice a pattern using short breaks in between each series of shapes.…

Left Handed Handwriting
PENCIL GRIP The correct way to hold a pen for right and left handers is between the first…

Pre-Handwriting Exercises For Older Children With Dyspraxia
As the child becomes older, handwriting is a major problem both with legibility and speed. Sometimes this is…

Scissor Skills
MOTOR The ability to: Sit upright without fear of tipping over (good sense of balance is required) Open…

Multi Sensory Impairment

Early Years Activity Ideas Guide 1
Activity Ideas from the Vision Support team

Early Years Activity Ideas Guide 2
Activity Ideas from the Vision Support team

Early Years Activity Ideas Guide 3
Activity Ideas from the Vision Support team

Early Years Activity Ideas Guide 4
Activity Ideas from the Vision Support team

Apps for very special learners- Flo Longhorn 
Flo Longhorn has done lots of research for good apps to look so you don’t need to!

Resources for children with CVI
Videos including wheels on the bus and the very hungry caterpillar. 

Making play inclusive, Treasure Baskets
Video guideance 

TinyHappyPeople BBC
Explore our simple activities and play ideas

Nature, Outdoors, Gardening - Play

Activity Ideas for EYFS
Number Place 1, 2 and 3 objects into different pots/ containers Take 1, 2 and 3 objects out of different pots/ containers Create a  ramp and push 1, 2 and 3 different cars/ balls down Fit different objects into different sized containers Find the lid/…

Badger Forest School
Free educational videos from foraging to mindfullness 

Gwealan Tops
The park is now closed, but they are streaming daily play challenges from 15:00, Monday to Friday. You'll only need some basic household bits and lots of imagination!

Woodland Trust Nature Detectives
Free printables to engage with nature

Inspiring Garden Themes for Children
Ways to involve your child with gardening

Chris Packham
Regular live nature videos from across the UK

RSPB Family Wild Challenge
You can help wildlife, explore nature and enjoy lots of wild, fun family activities

Nature play activity recipes
Whether you’re a parent, playworker or teacher, use these nature play activity recipes to explore nature and help children experience the benefits of connecting with the natural environment through play.  

Reading

Join Cornwall Library Online
Cornwall Library provides members free access to a wide range of online resources. These include electronic books, eAudiobooks, online newspapers and magazines, stream music to your internet device and research information using our online reference library. Fonts and print size can be changed to suit the reader.

Official Cornish Book Fairy
The Cornish Book Fairy is reading some of her favourite stories!

Booktrust
Free, Online, Interactive Stories - with signing!

WeAreTeachers
List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read-Alouds & Activities

Audible
All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Just follow the link, no signup required.

Elevenses with David Walliams
Every day at 11am, you can listen one of David Walliams’ World’s Worst Children stories, so sit down, take a break, and enjoy 20ish minutes of pure fun! They stay on soundcloud, so you can always listen to them later on if you miss 11am.

Religious Education


RE Online
Search our free, great quality teaching resources

Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths

Recommended educational websites and apps for parents
Cornwall Educational Psychology Service's list of recommended apps for tablets and phones

CREST Awards 
STEM award to complete at home

OCEAN 3D
3D Tours of locations and attractions in Cornwall

Minecraft: Education Edition
Learn to code in a free Hour of Code lesson in Minecraft: Education Edition. Program the Agent to prevent forest fires. Explore basic coding concepts and learn about artificial intelligence with Minecraft and MakeCode.

Great Western Railway
Enter their competition by building your own cardboard train, take 3D tours and answer quizzes!

LEGO Lesson Plans
Explore up to 75 lessons with all of the information you need, from materials lists to building instructions. Everything that you need to give a great lesson

STEM Learning
Free resources for home learning. Home to thousands of free-to-access, quality-assured resources to support the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

Cornwall Libraries Lego Club
Follow them on Facebook for LEGO Club - now online! Every Wednesday at 12:00 Midday 

Sensory

Sensory Engagement
At the Sensory Trust we believe that connecting with the world though our different senses leads to more meaningful and memorable experiences.

Occupational Therapy in the Home Sensory Activities
Identify calming and alerting activities. We all have internal levels of arousal (otherwise known as levels of alertness). 

Strategies for Children Who Need Sensory Input to Stay on Task
Some children are "sensory seekers", which means frequent movement helps them to organise their behaviour and attend better…

Sensory Activity Idea Videos
Getting through the day with sensory play, videos 1 to 3.

Early Years Sensory Processing Resource Pack
Aimed at Early Years settings, but has lots of useful things to put into practice at home.

Sensory Play Toolkit
This toolkit has been designed as a guide for parents of children with multiple needs. It contains useful information on play, as well as simple ideas, suggestions and practical tips on play activities.

Sensational Creations
A simple arts and crafts project every day. Each project will have neurodevelopmental, sensory and fine motor benefit. Suitable for the whole family to join in with.

Family Sensory Self Care Kit
We’re making this fabulous toolkit available as a free .pdf download because we feel it’s an incredibly useful resource in the midst of the toll the Coronavirus outbreak is having on our mental wellbeing and the mental wellbeing of our children. Includes the arousal curve too.

Social, Emotional, Mental Health

Going to Hospital: Photo-book for children who have disabilities
Created by Royal Cornwall Hospital

Emotional Resillence Activity Pack
A resource for you to dip in and out of as you wish to build resilience help you feel happy

The Hugs Foundation Daily Hugs
We do a live episode of 'A Daily Hug' everyday at 9am with our animals.

COVID 19 Wellbeing resources for children and young people with SEND
Multiple resources to help support their wellbeing.

Random acts of kindness during the Coronavirus outbreak
Learn how kind acts can help you and others during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Free Yoga Cards to promote Sleep
Click the image on the page to download the PDF.

Free Mindfulness Challenge Cards
Click the image on the page to download the PDF.

Social interaction ideas for families in isolation
Social interaction is important for our mental health and wellbeing, so it is important to timetable in a specific time during the day for everyone to be together (there doesn’t have to be a demand to interact just an opportunity to share a space)

SPELL; National Autistic Society (NAS)
Structure; Structure makes the world a more predictable, accessible and safer place. We can support people on the autism spectrum in creating structured environments using visual information. Positive; Expectations should be high but realistic.…

AS Coronavirus survival tips
COMMUNICATION:Social stories/comic strips, visual activity/task schedules, now/next, video modelling, tick lists, emotion symbols/scales, (art/sand/model/toy play may also give insight into feelings, which can then be addressed). Explain rules so they are understood from the child’s perspective (visually if needed): make sure they are fair and…

Thinksheet: having to stay home during the Coronavirus
Connecting thoughts, feelings and behaviours in expected/unexpected situations   EXPECTED behaviour in this situation How it might make other people feel How people might treat me How I might feel about myself Follow NHS & Government advice/rules Make & follow a plan to structure…

Information for Parents and Carers
Tips to help you support your child

The NSPCC 
Guidance on supporting children who have social, emotional and mental health difficulties

Challenging Behaviour - Supporting your Loved One at Home 
You may experience an escalation in behaviour that challenges during the time you and your family are together. We know that many children and adults find changes to their routines very difficult. 

Identifying the Purpose of the Challenging Behaviour
Behaviour has a purpose. It can be a way of communicating needs and feelings Rule out any medical…

Behaviour Diary
ABC Behaviour chart This ABC chart can be used to record behavioural concerns. A stands for antecedents, that…

Physical challenging behaviour
Physical challenging behaviour includes biting, pinching, slapping, spitting and hair pulling. Possible Causes There may be medical, sensory,…

Self-injurious behaviour
Self-injurious behaviour is where a person physically harms themselves. It's sometimes called self-harm. This might be head banging…

The Incredible 5-Point scale
It is not uncommon for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to have problems with social competence and…

Incredible 5 Point Scale Fact Sheet
The Incredible 5 Point Scale is used to assist students in becoming aware of their emotions, such as…

Example 5 Point Scale - Anger
I might throw things I might run into…

Visually Impaired

FREE 3 Month access to SuperNova for Visually Impaired Children Learning at Home During COVID-19
We know that many visually impaired students will not have access to their normal assistive technology at home. Therefore, Dolphin would like to offer every visually impaired student, 3 months of free SuperNova, for their home laptop or desktop computer. Cornwall Council is unable to continue student access at home beyond this free trial period.

Free 3 Month access to JAWS, ZOOMTEXT OR FUSION
The link provides free 3 month access to JAWS (screen reader), ZOOMTEXT (screen magnifier) or FUSION (both), offered by assistive technology company Sight and Sound. Cornwall Council is unable to continue student access at home beyond this free trial period.

Early Years
Visually stimulating activities for early years children

Complex Needs
Visually stimulating activities for children who have complex needs

Braille Worksheets
Simple, fun ways to practice a little bit of basic braille.

Crack the Code
Teach yourself to sight read basic braille

Activity ideas for Braille
Activities to recreate using braille. Family members can join in!

Prodigi Guideance
The Prodigi can be used in a number of different ways to access resources and to complete activities while your young person is studying at home.

Online Resources
Useful apps and online websites from the vision support team.

Sensory Play
Ideas to support stimulating sensory play

Little Amber Website & Free Resources
Little Amber is Amber’s innovative music service that aims to enable blind or partially sighted babies and young children to engage with music by providing families and professionals with resources and ideas for music-making.

Information on changing your settings to make screens easier to view:

Early Years Activity Ideas Guide 1
Activity Ideas from the Vision Support team

Early Years Activity Ideas Guide 2
Activity Ideas from the Vision Support team

Early Years Activity Ideas Guide 3
Activity Ideas from the Vision Support team

Early Years Activity Ideas Guide 4
Activity Ideas from the Vision Support team

Join Cornwall Library Online
Cornwall Library provides members free access to a wide range of online resources. These include electronic books, eAudiobooks, online newspapers and magazines, stream music to your internet device and research information using our online reference library. Fonts and print size can be changed to suit the reader.

Post-16

CSW Offer:

Employment:

Holding Virtual Meetings:

Returning to school

Self-Determination:

Supporting Emotional Wellbeing 

Support for Parents

Templates for staff to share information with new students

Transition Planning Tools

Person Centred Planning:

Projects/support for young people:

Pupil Voice:

Useful Measures:

Useful Transition Booklets/Guides:

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