Information and Advice
Not every disability is visible. Parents of children with disabilities and special needs, whose children's disability is not immediately obvious, such as autism, global developmental delay and other disabilities, find it hard to explain their disability, especially if the children present may be unaware that they have a disability.
Disabled individuals often do not want to request or highlight the fact they have a disability when they would be entitled to concessionary rates. There can be stigma attached to requesting disabled rates. Hopefully, this card is beneficial to you.
WHILST LIBRARIES ARE CLOSED - ACTIVITIES YOU CAN DO
We have been adding lots of children's activities to our Hillingdon Libraries Twitter account
and its spin off site
plus our libraries blog
which hosts some of the writing suggestions for children.
These activities have a weekly theme and are suitable for younger and older children. They include craft activities, writing activities, lego challenges, quizzes, scavenger hunts, colouring activities (aimed at younger children) and reading activities linked to our Borrow Box App which is available through the libraries website.
There are also some storytelling videos for younger ones and there should be some rhymetime activities planned over the next few weeks.
For those families who do not have a library account we have organised a temporary sign in as follows:
·22 AprYou can now join Hillingdon Libraries as a temporary member online! This will give you access to many of our online resources including https://hldn.ent.sirsidynix.net.uk/client/en_GB/public/search/registration/$N?pc=SYMWS… to sign up today!
VIRTUAL COOKERY SCHOOL
Some of you may already know that in the last few weeks during this period of lock down, I have been collaborating with a great tutoring service - Education Boutique and have created four cookery videos along with ten 2 minute “how to” cookery tutorials for children and teenagers. As part of each lesson, there is a full recipe to print and a step-by-step video to watch.
In these self isolating times there must be many parents who would appreciate an hour of their child’s day being filled with a cookery session and something delicious to share at the end of it!
To access the videos please visit the online courses section of:
Create a Sensory Safe Yard for Children with Special Needs
Sensory Processing Treatments
Supporting SPEECH, LANGUAGE and COMMUNICATION when schools close - NEW Parent's Site
To support your children's speech, language and communication needs, we have fast tracked the launch of our new Parent Portal to help with this. The site will be live from Friday 20th March and will provide parents with FREE speech and language advice, resources and activities.
The site can be found at https://speechandlanguage.info/parents
The aim of this guide is to equip parents across the world with a significant bank of knowledge to ease panic and educate their children about the science of the mind.
SPEECH & LANGUAGE
The website provides information on the support your child/young person may require or receive to talk, move and play from the following Hillingdon children's therapy services: Hillingdon Occupational Therapy (Hillingdon Plays) Hillingdon Physiotherapy (Hillingdon Moves) Hillingdon Speech and Language Therapy (Hillingdon Talks)
LONDON BOROUGH OF HILLINGDON - LOCAL OFFER
The purpose of the local offer is to enable parents and young people to see more clearly what services are available in their area and how to access them. Knowing what is available and how it is accessed gives more choice and control over what support is right for your child. Parents need to know how to access provision:
Hillingdon SENDIASS is a free, confidential and impartial support service for parents and carers, children and young people up to 25 years where the child or young person may have special educational needs
You'll find a huge range of reading, learning and entertainment resources at your local library and online. There is free Wi-Fi, computer and web access too
The BDA website can be accessed here:
Please watch this 3 minute video, because it is important to remember that there are positives to thinking differently. Many dyslexic people show strengths in areas such as reasoning and in visual and creative fields.
American Psychological Association: Information on Pandemics (a wide range of resources)
Anna Freud: Self-Care and Coping Strategies
BBC: How to protect your mental health
CBBC: Video and Questions
ChildMind: Talking to Children
ELSA: Coronavirus Story for Children
National Association of School Psychologists: Parent Resources
Young Minds: Feeling Anxious about Coronavirus
Something Bad Happened: A Kid’s Guide to Coping with events in the News
Dawn Huebner. How to process different world events (ages 6-12).
The Day the Sea Went Out and Never Came Back
Margot Sunderland. A story for children who have lost someone they love (ages 4-12).
Draw on Your Emotions
Margot Sunderland. A resource to help people express and communication their emotions.
What To Do When You’re Scared & Worried: A Guide for Kids
James Crist. A help guide to processing fears and worries (ages 9-13).
Have You Filled A Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids
Carol McCloud. Encourages positive behaviour and expressing kindness and appreciation.
How are you Peeling: Foods with Moods
Saxton Freymann & Joost Elffers. Explores how emotions look through pictures of Foods. A good way to talk about emotions with young children.
The Way I Feel
Janan Cain. Explores feelings and a helpful way to talk about emotions with young children.
A Terrible Thing Happened
Margaret Holmes. A story for children who have witnessed violence or trauma (ages 4-8).
Network Rail- Trespassing on Railway Lines
Due to the very high level of trespassing on the tracks by young people in your local area, Network Rail in partnership with Learn Live are working to help raise awareness to students across the UK educating them about the dangers of the train tracks through interactive digital delivery.
Network rail ask you to share the relevant safety video with your teachers and parents of students during this difficult time, to help educate students before going back to school and help to protect them while being off school.
We have made things easier for you to watch the safety videos by just entering the email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please click on the image below to view the relevant safety video:
Primary school version: Age 7- 11
Secondary school version: Age 11-16
College version: Age 17 plus