Ongoing changes in routine and predictability can be tricky for all of us, but especially challenging for children with specific needs.
The following websites and links may be helpful for parents/carers looking for advice and guidance for children/young people with Autism, learning difficulties & other specific needs. Click on each one below to access the resource or site.
Parent club (have a range of resources on different additional support needs)
Supporting the return to school following periods of isolation or non-school attendance
Many children and young people will benefit from additional and targeted help and support to return to school and re-establish routines. They may also require enhanced support to understand new routines and procedures. This can be achieved using visual supports and prompts to support understanding and create predictability.
This resource from the National Educational Psychology Service in Ireland gives a number of helpful strategies and approaches to supporting children and young people with additional needs back to school: Supporting the Wellbeing of students with Special Educational Needs Returning to school
The following resources and links may be helpful for families and professionals to provide support to children and young people.
NHS Grampian have developed a resource ‘Supporting a Child with Selective Mutism’ which gives some idea for how parents and school staff can support a child with selective mutism on their return to school.
The NHS have also created a specific resource for Neurodiverse children and young people. Click here to view this resource.
For further resources please click here for Aberdeenshire Council’s ASN website resources for returning to school.
Engagement and motivation- neurodiversity.
Supporting children with a neurodiversity (e.g. ADHD, ADD, learning disabilities) may be challenging at these times, especially when trying to re-stablish routines or create new ones. Giving choices can also increase motivation and engagement- it can be helpful to provide a fixed number of choices using a visual support e.g. symbols, lists, choice cards etc (follow this link here for more information on visual supports). Many children and young people may need additional support to regulate themselves. View Additional information on Self-Regulation.
- The Challenging Behaviour Foundation have a range of support information for supporting people with severe learning disabilities during Covid-19. Click here for more information. They also have general information on challenging behaviour. Click here for more information.
- The ADHD foundation has a range of supporting information for parents/carers and professionals. Click here to access Understanding and Supporting your child’s ADHD.
Accessible resources and activities
For accessible literacy and learning resources view Aberdeenshire’s Additional Support Needs Website for more information.