Parents and Guardians Supporting Students with Additional Needs during the COVID-19 Closure Period
Students with additional needs are just like any other students; this period of school closure and uncertainty will raise issues in terms of anxiety, routine and learning.
It is very important that students develop a good routine and make a plan for the day. This plan should include defined start and finish times for each activity and consist of physical activities, rest, food and fun. Try to spend a small portion of every day monitoring your child’s work and praising their effort.
Some Useful Resources:
Making a plan: Some great examples of schedules across the age range here from Khan Academy: https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/e/2PACX1vSZhOdEPAWjUQpqDkVAlJrFwxxZ9Sa6zGOq0CNRms6Z7DZNq-tQWS3OhuVCUbh_- P-WmksHAzbsrk9d/pub
And here is one from the DES: https://www.education.ie/en/TheDepartment/Announcements/plan-your-day.pdf The length of the day/ time slots should be adjusted based on what you know about individual children. Some will do more, and many will need to do less!
The National Council for Special Education (ncse.ie) have compiled fantastic resources for teachers and parents during these changed times:
Parents: https://ncse.ie/online-resources-for-parents https://www.middletownautism.com/files/shares/Sara/STAYING_SAFE_A_BOOKLET_FOR_POST_PRIMARY_PUPILS_0.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3dCnNLJ-tWc-M0ovX-4L2JaLOiKwLhkvt2SFhhfhZOi3AARKEdeWNCQoU
Physical Activity: Joe Wicks (The Body Coach) is doing great kids & adults workouts each morning live on YouTube ( or can be played back at a different time). It is only 30 minutes and it can be done in front of the television or computer very easily: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ.
Touch Typing: this might be a good opportunity for kids with Assistive Technology to improve their touch typing and IT skills. • https://www.typing.com/ This is a popular and accessible free site for developing touch typing. We could probably all do with spending some time developing this skill!
Literacy • Use audio versions of books for revision purposes (audible.com; borrowbox.ie): Reading is so important for our academic development. Listening is a good substitute if some children’s reading skills are not where they might like them to be.
Numeracy: https://www.mathsisfun.com/: Free, easy-to-use and detailed Maths site.