SEND & Wellbeing

WELLBEING

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www.wheelofwellbeing.org

 

1) Greenwich Community Hub.

If you need help because you are self-isolating and have not got a family member, friend or neighbour who can help, call the Community Hub.

Seven days a week, call between 8.30am to 6pm on: 0800 470 4831 
or email covid19support@royalgreenwich.gov.uk.

If you haven’t signed-up yet but are in good health and would like to help, please sign up at volunteer.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/vk/volunteers

Please click here for information regarding Greenwich Children's Integrated Therapies.

 

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The brilliant Axel Scheffler has produced a book about Covid-19 Coronavirus just for children - and it's available as a FREE download.  

https://nosycrow.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Coronavirus_INS.pdf

The Gruffalo illustrator worked with consultant Professor Graham Medley, two head teachers and a psychologist to make sure the book got the messages right, answering questions about quarantine, how you can catch the virus and what happens if you get ill.

Publishers Nosy Crow have asked for donations in lieu of payment, to go to our fantastic health workers: www.nhscharitiestogether.co.uk/ ​

3) A lovely time capsule activity resource

https://havenpharmacy.ie/blog/2020/04/06/covid-19-time-capsule-activity/

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  • The Zones of Regulation are four coloured zones that help us to categorise our emotions. Each zone explains how we are feeling.
  • When we understand how we feel, we can self-reflect and identify if we need to self-regulate. We want to be in the green zone as much as possible.
  • All feelings are ok, but not all behaviours are ok.
  • We all need to learn how to avoid triggers and identify which tools work for us, in order to stop behaviours from becoming unacceptable.
  • We can also support others- when we understand how others are feeling and which zone they are in; we can identify if they may need some help.

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Whilst you are staying safe at home, you can use this time to get everyone you live with to practice identifying which zone they are in. 

Then can everyone try some of these tools and keep track of which work for them?

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Adults being safe at home.

Isolating at home can put strains on all relationships, but especially so if there were issues before the current social distancing rules began.
Below are various websites that may be able to help, in various ways, to support families through this difficult time.

For women specifically-
https://hercentre.org/
http://www.gdva.org.uk/

These two websites have lots of different links that could help both men and women, of different backgrounds.
https://www.cgcc-royalgreenwich.org/domestic-violence-abuse-support/
https://www.together-uk.org/southwark-wellbeing-hub/the-directory/hub-category/domestic-violence-abuse/

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Young Minds.

Tips, advice and where to get support for your child's mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
 

Here are five things you can do to support your child:

  1. Talk to them about what’s going on. Find out how they’re feeling and what they’re thinking about, let them know it’s okay to feel scared or unsure, and try to answer their questions and reassure them in an age appropriate manner. Remember, you do not need to know all the answers, but talking things through can help them feel calmer.
  2. Help them to reflect on how they’re feeling and encourage them to think about the things they can do to make them feel safer and less worried.
  3. Reassure them that this will pass, you’re there for them, and you will get through this together.
  4. Spend time doing a positive activity with your child (such as reading, playing, painting or cooking) to help reassure them and reduce their anxiety. This is also a great way of providing a space for them to talk through their concerns, without having a ‘big chat’.
  5.  Keep as many regular routines as possible, so that your child feels safe and that things are stable.


More support at- 
https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/supporting-your-child-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/

Wellbeing challenges

Make sure that you follow advice from the government. Therefore some of these challenges may have to be adapted, or wait until restrictions are lifted. 

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Coping with stress during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Getting active at home

There is a website called 'GoNoodle' which makes exercise fun, made to feel like playing an interactive computer game.  https://family.gonoodle.com/

Try some of these- Keep the focus on the fun and exercising won't be a chore, and maybe these ideas will inspire your family to devise more entertaining ways to get moving.

  1. Headstands: A great activity for your core muscles and to get blood going to the brain. Kids are often naturals.
  1. Skipping: If you have downstairs neighbours who complain, go in the hall or outside your building (keep 2m away from others). 
  2. Obstacle course: Create a furniture course in your home or take chalk and make a course in your garden. Add in specific mental or physical challenges to keep them guessing.
  3. Wheelbarrow, crab, and bear-walk races: Holding one of these tough positions gives you a real workout.
  4. Animal races: Hop like a bunny or frog; squat and waddle like a duck; and so on.
  5. Balloon ball: There are endless ways to play with balloons indoors. Try to keep it off the ground or just play catch. Mix it up with balloon tennis!
  6. Follow the leader: Add to the workout with energetic movements such as jumping, stomping, and squatting.
  7. Dance party: Turn on the music and shake your groove thang.
  8. Freeze dance: When the music stops, freeze in your pose and hold it until the music begins again.
  9. Scavenger hunt: Write up clues and hide them around the home. Kids can race to find each clue for a small prize at the end.
  10. Jumping jacks: Simple, but good for coordination and they get your heart going. 
  11. Parachute: This kiddie gym standby can be re-created at home with sheets. Each kid takes an end of the parachute or sheet and fans it upward while one of you runs underneath. 
  12. Bubble wrap attack: If you get bubble wrap in the mail, jump on it until it's all popped.
  13. Clean-up race: Set a timer or put on a song to see who can tidy the room the fastest.
  14. Tickle tag: Chase your children. When you catch them, it's tickle time.
  15. Temper tantrum: Have a fit for the fun of it. Flail, stomp, and scream.
  16. Carnival: Set up carnival games such as "Knock Down the Milk Cans" (you could use Tupperware).
  17. Hallway bowling: Fill up water bottles and use any ball you have.
  18. Hopscotch: Use chalk or tape to make a game on your floor or outside your building.
  19. Pillow fight: No explanation needed.
  20. Sock skating: If you have hard floors, put on socks to skate around. Try spins or hockey stops, or see who can slide the farthest. Make sure to move the furniture and watch for splinters. 
  21. Bubble bashing: Blow bubbles and let your child try to smash them.
  22. Wrestling: Put down a mat, or play on a rug or bed. See if your kids can wrestle you to the ground (safely!)
  23. Pushover parents: Plant your feet and see if the kids can budge you. If you move your feet, they win. Stand on one foot to make it easier for little kids.
  24. Popcorn pushups: Put a small bowl of popcorn on the floor. Lower yourself down and stick out your tongue to get a piece of popcorn with each push.

Click here for a presentation about how to do a sensory circuit at home with your child.

Mommypoppins.com

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The kind people behind Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) have made their app available for free for the next 3 months. It has mindfulness exercises and meditation, goal setting and support with managing difficult feelings. 

The app is called: ACT companion: The Happiness Trap 

You need to sign up using an email address then go to the menu, select subscription and enter the promo code. You do not need to enter any card details. It is likely that once the subscription runs out it automatically cancels, but you may want to set a reminder to check it is cancelled when the 3 months is up. 

The promo code to get it free is: TOGETHER

SEND & INCLUSION

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The Roots4Life charity are looking to help families that need support during the difficult current COVID-19 crisis. They can support by making and delivering healthy home cooked meals to those who are isolating and are unable to purchase their groceries as well as calling people for a chat who are alone at home.  Roots4Life are looking to help support families with children, young people and adults with disabilities, and other families who feel they need support during this tough time.

All a family has to do is call Izzy on 07889 084629 or sign up online here http://roots4life.org/contact

Various SEND resources collated by Great Ouse school.

Take a look at all the resources and ideas on this school’s website. They have organised them into the following categories-

  • Cognition and Learning
  • Communication and Understanding
  • Sensory and Physical
  • Social, emotional and well being
  • EYFS SEND
  • General
  • SALT - Speech and Language suggestions and ideas

https://www.greatouse.beds.sch.uk/home-learning/send-home-learning/

'Easy-to-Use Calming Strategies for Autism.'

A short 5 minute video.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13DiS7cPgX0

Sensory Strategies.
Follow this link to see a thorough powerpoint from the Children’s Occupational Therapy Team in Guernsey. 
https://www.gov.gg/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=107388&p=0
There are suggestions to support children that can struggle in many areas e.g. brushing hair, noise, eating, bedtime and touching.
 

Sensorimotor activities to support active children.

Posted on the school blog on Friday 3rd April, 2020.  http://bannockburnprimaryschool.blogspot.com/

You can search using any of these words- additional needsASDAutismHome LearningSENDsensoryspecial educational needs.

Theses websites have lots of practical activities you could try.

https://harkla.co/blogs/special-needs/sensory-seeking-activities

https://yourkidstable.com/sensory-diet-activities/
https://yourkidstable.com/sensory-diet-cards/


Tips to support all children, specifically those with Autism.

Below are some tips from 'helpguide.org' aimed primarily at children with autism, however they are tips that all children benefit from, especially at the moment. 
Provide structure and safety

Be consistent. 

Stick to a schedule. 

Reward good behaviour. 

Create a home safety zone. 

Find different ways to connect

Look for nonverbal cues. 

Figure out the motivation behind the 'tantrum.' 

Make time for fun. 

Pay attention to your child’s sensory sensitivities. 

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/autism-learning-disabilities/helping-your-child-with-autism-thrive.htm