Resources will be added to this page as they become available.
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Over the last few weeks our team have been able to put activity packs together for children with the generous support of the following who identified the need to support children in their communities.
We sent out a short tick list for parents on what they might like us to send – we found that a lot of the families weren’t able to print activities at home, or didn’t have the available laptops etc… so all were requesting printed activities for their children. We also decided to sent out glue sticks, stickie’s, crayons, scissors and felts – al of which went down really well with the children
We sent out packs which our team of staff and volunteers put together responding to the children’s particular needs and wishes and sourcing some of the items they might like.
One of our volunteers Valdis has put together age related packs of general materials that can appeal to those groups and another volunteer is creating bespoke materials
Jessica a new volunteer to SNAP Cymru is a font of all curriculum related knowledge and very quickly sourced materials for different age groups
At the end of the project we were delighted to have sent out sent out packs to 800 children in Merthyr, Upper Afan and Neath Valleys – The Pen Y Cymoedd Communities and in North Wales
Sadly almost all parents were requesting emotional wellbeing and self-regulation advice and activities – so these were added these to every pack.
The activities packs have proved to be really successful and we’ve received great feedback from the children themselves.
“Thank you so much for the activity pack! It’s amazing and covers everything from numeracy to literacy, colouring, puzzles, and lots more, all with some of his favourite characters. We’re very excited to get started. Fantastically put together. Thank you x
“I was sent a wonderfully put together activity pack to keep my Son busy, and to help him better understand his emotions about the situation we all find ourselves in. “
The project has now come to an end and we can no longer accept any requests for packs.
However if you’re looking for other activities for children , including those with additional learning needs and disabilities please do go and see our full list of information and activities that is updated regularly.
Everyone at SNAP Cymru want to support children and young people during this emergency which could see families at home for long periods. We understand that this is a very worrying time for everyone.
We will be regularly updating social media so please follow us if you do not already https://www.facebook.com/SNAPCymru/
Whilst our offices will be closed to all visitors. Don’t worry – we’ll still be here supporting you!
The SNAP Cymru Team will be working from home, your calls will be diverted and we’ll have access to e-mails and database.
We will maintain contact with families via telephone or other electronic methods as usual. We will work with individual families and professionals to hold face to face meetings and support services if it is safe to do so, in accordance with Public Health Wales.
If you do need support please contact our normal help and support line.
0808 801 0608
or to make a referral www.snapcymru.org/contact
Thank you for your continued and valuable support and if we can do anything to help you during these challenging times, just let us know and look out for our regular briefings. Keep well
We’ve tried to gather some useful information and resources for you for what will undoubtedly be a difficult time. Thank you to all the charities and organisations that have put together some of these important resources.
Talking to children and families regarding COVOID 19
With so much out there about Covid-19 (coronavirus) and confusion about the virus and its impact on families here are some of the most useful
Easy read guides and advice
All Photosymbols’ coronavirus posters can now be downloaded here
For children with ALN
Chatter –the best List of FREE Speech, Language, communication and SEND resources for schools and parent/carers – (free to download for individual use copyright restrictions apply)
Communication and interaction Resources to help parents, carers and families support pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Speech, Language and Communication Needs during the period of school closures.
Sensory Stuck at Home is a Facebook page where parents of autistic children share ideas of activities to do in the house.
BBC CBeebies for special needs
Resources and help for children with additional needs from the BBC, including Mr Tumble!
ITV Signed Stories
Signed Stories help improve the literacy of deaf children from infancy upwards. The website also provides useful advice and guidance for parents, carers and teachers of deaf children, and for the deaf parents of hearing children.
The Letterbox Library
Catalogue of disability-related books for disabled children and their siblings, and for use in school or other settings, that promote understanding and explain ‘difference’ for all ages from babies to eleven years old
Worksheets in Braille – BrailleWeek
http:// https://www.swansea.gov.uk/resourcesforvulnerablelearner The Educational Psychologists and Learning Support Team in Swansea have put together a series of resources for parents/carers of primary and secondary age pupils in the following areas of need and some that are more general
Resources to support those with – Visual impairment
A list of resources to support learners with Down Syndrome and their families – Down Syndrome
Dyslexia friendly – free, fun resources – Crossbow Education
CrickerSoft – Reading and writing software for all abilities – Free during this period
FREE downloadable inclusive resources – Inclusive teach
Advice, learning activities and recommended toys, books, and resources for children with SEND – SEN resources blog
Free apps to support students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, have reading difficulties – Accessibite
Sensory Project – List of online, sensory learning resources
Free access to Clicker at home during this period – CrickSoftware
Life skills challenges – A programme for young people with SEND
SEN Teacher.org – Free SEND resources
TTS – A curriculum-focused independent learning resource with over 40 home learning activities all planned and all prepared!
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, we’re offering everyone Twinkl Ultimate free for a month, to help keep children learning at home.
Visit www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code PARENTSTWINKLHELPS to set up your free month of Twinkl Ultimate.
Chatter pack A list of free, online, boredom-busting resources!
For older children, here are 50 free revision resources for 11+, GCSE’s and A-Levels
Resources & support services for families of children with additional needs during the COVID 19 (Coronavirus) pandemic– CWM Taf health board area Rhondda; Taff Ely; Merthyr; North Cynon; South Cynon; Bridgend East; Bridgend West, and Bridgend North.
Sleep Advice for children with Autism -Sleep Advisor
Relaxation and well being
For help with coping and feeling anxious visit the NHS website’s tips on dealing with anxiety.
The Guardian newspaper has also written a piece specifically about managing anxiety around coronavirus.
And the NHS has top tips on maintaining wellbeing – vital for parent carers.
Childline has a ‘calm zone’, with videos, activities, games, and calming activities to help children who are worried about anything
This site was created for young people, carers and professionals to pool together lots of helpful resources from across the internet that are available to help support your mental health and well-being. 7 tips for helping children
Seven tips for helping children keep calm
simple relaxation and mindfulness activities together and help your child learn to calm down when they feel stressed or anxious.
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has produced this activity pack that has fun things to do at home.
Survivors Network – a master-post of online resources, from mental health self-care to ways you can feel like you’ve left the house. We hope they help. Online resources available during social distancing and self-isolation
Online learning resources
With most children out of school, there are lots of apps and websites to help to still support their learning and development.
This list has 15 suggestions for various age groups and this list is of apps that help and support children and young people with autism.
Mathseeds -Mathseeds teaches kids aged 3-9 the core maths and problem solving skills needed to be successful at school with fun, highly interactive and rewarding lessons.
IXL is here to support you during school closures. Get resources for at‑home learning no
Explorify which is focus on science: https://www.explorify.wellcome.ac.uk
Brainpop quiz: https://www.brainpop.com/quiz
There are more coding challenges on Barclays UK’s Youtube. Their Coding Playground Live series teaches basic coding skills using Scratch.
If you want to find more ideas with Scratch then their website has loads more ideas to get you into coding. Create a game, learn to make a character fly and animate letters. After that it’s only your imagination that can stop you.
For help with maths for 4-11 year olds National Numeracy has you covered. Their activity pack is available to donload and contains 28 activities to try out. They also have loads of links to places to test your maths skills even further.
Emily Weston – 16 activities that children can use to aid their home reading, or their reading in school. It has a range of skills included such as prediction, summarising and inferenc
Over 200,000 people joined Joe Wicks online for his first live PE lesson on Youtube. Happening every week day at 9.00am, it’s a great way to get you moving and ready to start your day.
You can work out with a Team GB athlete every Wednesday with their Workout Wednesday. Previous athletes have included gymnasts Max Whitelock and Aimee Fuller, climber Shauna Coxsey and freestyle skier Rowan Cheshire.
Histories! The books, the series. Super engaging!
Scholastic 100 History lessons
60 second Histories
BBC Newsround has helpful information for children about the coronavirus, including explainer videos. They also have a ‘happy news’ section to brighten the day
While all of our museums, theatres and cultural venues are closed to the public, there are still lots of things you can do online.
Many major museums and organisations in the UK and abroad are running virtual tours, for example the British Museum.
Learn how to draw with official World Book Day illustrator Rob Biddolph. Lessons happen every Tuesday and Thursday at 10.00am. You can follow them live on his Twitter page or watch them back on his website.
Practice your drawing skills with the Natural History Museum’s Nature Drawing Club. They will post a new topic every Friday on their Twitter page and then it’s up to you to draw or paint.
To find out more about the Natural History Museum you can use their take part and education resources. Learn about their collections, the nature around you and the science that is carried out everyday at the museum.
Online Lego workshop, Gruffalo workshop, and lots more. Plus stories read by Tony Ross, author – 7 stories, Facebook
If you are looking to learn more about money then the Royal Mint have new activities for kids based around money and the coins we use everyday. You can even design your own coin, though we don’t think you will be able to go shopping with it.
Learn to touch-type – Free access
Learning with MineCraft – Education MineCraft
Vroom – Helping learning during shared moments, such as bath time
Toy Theatre – Fun educational resources
The Scouts have launched a new initiative called The Great Indoors. All of the activities are designed to be done in your house so there is no excuse not to try it out. Activities are aimed at 6 to 14 year olds but anyone can have a go. Once you have had a go at these you can use their activity finder to find even more things to do
Living Paintings (UK)
Free postal library supporting blind and partially sighted adults, children and young people. They make tactile versions of pictures that come to life when fingers feel them.
Virtual tours –This website allows you to visit museums from the comfort of your home.
100 things to do indoors – You can download this book free of cost and make staying indoors fun and use the time to help yourself and others.
Keep exercising – On this page you can find movement and mindfulness videos to keep you children active.
Virtual tour of museums family tours
For those who like structure. Various celebrities are offering for free daily to help with their children education while schools are closed (from Skint dad)
9:00am – PE with Joe Wicks
10:00am – Maths with Carol Vorderman
11:00am – English with David Walliams
12:00pm – Lunch (cooking with Jamie Oliver)
1:00pm – Music with Myleene Klass
1:30pm – Dance with Darcey Bussel
Other YouTube Sites that may be of interest:Chris Packhams – Youtube – Bird Club
Oti Mabuse is doing dancing classes’ each day at 11:30 on facebook
Maddie Moate – youtube – Let’s go Live with Maddie and Greg
More to Keep Your Children Occupied & Learning
Cardboard Spaceships: A place to share free online teaching, education and entertainment ideas for children at home
Homeschooling UK: Emergency group set up by teachers to help families
“Boogie Monsters” (a live rock and pop band for children under 7) are doing daily live keyboard request videos each day at 4.30pm for the whole family – access them through their Facebook group
Khan Academy: Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material.
BBC Bitesize. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.
BBC Learning: This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.
Seneca: For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.
Blockly: Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.
Scratch: Creative computer programming
Ted Ed: All sorts of engaging educational videos
The Kids Should See This: Wide range of cool educational videos
Crash Course: You Tube videos on many subjects
Crash Course Kids: As above for a younger audience
Paw Print Badges: Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
Tinkercad: All kinds of making.
Prodigy Maths: Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.
Cbeebies Radio: Listening activities for the younger ones.
Nature Detectives: A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
British Council: Resources for English language learning
Oxford Owl for Home: Lots of free resources for Primary age
Big History Project: Aimed at Secondary age. Multi-disciplinary activities.
Geography Games: Geography gaming!
Blue Peter Badges: If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
The Artful Parent: Good, free art activities
Red Ted Art: Easy arts and crafts for little ones
The Imagination Tree: Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
Toy Theater: Educational online games
DK Find Out: Activities and quizzs A small collection of anti-oppressive, anti-racist homeschool curriculum ideas and resources. Very American focused, but a good list of non-online stuff to do with children towards the end!
Cincinatti Zoo are holding livestreams at 7pm UK time every day that the US schools are closed:
The SNAP Cymru telephone helpline is currently under extreme pressure – with the unprecedented demand showing no sign of easing. This is exasperated by the higher than usual number of staff off with seasonal colds and flu. This is likely to continue in the coming weeks.
People are encouraged to ‘do their bit’ to reduce pressure on the helpline by completing the ‘Get Help’ Enquiry Form and submitting it rather than phoning the helpline. One of our trained advisers will send you a reply by email (or call you back if requested). We aim to provide you with the relevant information within five working days.
The Advice section of our website also contains lots of information including template letters and advice sheets.
This year and next new reforms will overhaul how the needs of children with special educational needs (SEN) are assessed and met.
This December the new Additional Learning needs Bill was presented to the Welsh Assembly and pass through several stages before becoming Law next Autumn. This will begin several years of replacing SEN statements with Individual Development Plans. Changes to assessment are designed to place the child and their family at the centre of consultations with Schools and local authorities (LAs)and make the whole process more integrated, collaborative which should facilitate early, timely and effective support
A fair and transparent system of resolving concerns
Many families have concerns that LAs as pre-destined to deny families the provision they want or feel their child needs, and cast statutory assessment as a fight of David versus Goliath proportions. Perhaps inevitably, battle-lines get drawn in some minds before they even approach the LA. The new process will hopefully change this ‘fight’.
SNAP Cymru has always provided measured guidance for parents who are dissatisfied with school or LA’s responses and our intention has always been to help families avoid the prospect of legal action or costly, stressful disputes over what ought to be a collaborative process between families and professionals based on the best interest of the child.
The new Bill and code of practice (which will follow next Spring/summer), suggests a move away from the widespread default model. It emphasises the significance of “high quality teaching” and high aspirations for children as part of a ‘transformation programme’ and workforce development. http://gov.wales/topics/educationandskills/schoolshome/pupilsupport/additoinal-learning-needs-reform/?lang=en
When the English reforms took place from 2014 onward, and statements were changed to Education and Health Care plans the English government announced a £30m scheme to train “independent supporters to assist parents through the SEN process and their request for an EHCP. No such money on the horizon here just innovation funding for LA’s to plan for the process.
The Welsh Government Law will describe a fair and transparent system for providing information and advice, and for resolving disagreements, although there are concerns that Local Authorities may take this opportunity to reject independent support and advice preferring to take services ‘in -house’ as happened in Pembrokeshire. Whilst these service are informative (many appoint ex SNAP Cymru staff) it can never offer a reliable independent perspective.
For the time being, local authorities and all those who work with children and young people with SEN, must ensure that they continue to comply with the duties placed upon them by the Education Act 1996. They must also continue to have regard to the SEN Code of Practice for Wales, (The SEN Code of Practice can be accessed on our website) and must continue to accept requests for Statutory assessments and write and maintain Statements of Special Educational Needs.
You could help shape this Bill
SNAP Cymru will be supporting the Welsh Government Children, Young People and Education Committee to ‘hear’ parent’s voices to assist them with the scrutiny of the Bill. If you are a parent of a child with SEN, informed about the reform so far, passionate and have a real interest in sharing your perspective with the AMs on this committee – give us a call or send us an email- we may be able to offer you place to have your views heard.
You can also contact your local AM who can feed your views into the process.
If you’ve received a great service from SNAP Cymru and are concerned about the potential loss of Independent support and Parent partnership from the Bill and COP or the way in which this could be weakened- let your AMs know.
There is an exciting time ahead for SEN, moving from one system to another and replacing statements with IDPs could be great news, but it also has the potential to cause anxiety for lots of parents. SNAP Cymru is here to support family concerns through this process. If you are worried or have any questions, please contact us through our helpline 0845 1203730 helpline @snapcymru.org or directly to firstname.lastname@example.org or 01554778288.
Finding out your child has a disability or medical condition can be difficult and bewildering. Parents of disabled children need support, information and advice as early as possible. Obviously all families are different, so at SNAP Cymru we provide a range of support for families through our Parent Partnership and Dispute Resolution services and also more directly with families through our Welsh Government Family First funded projects. One such service is our Sir Fôn Portage service which essentially provides an opportunity for children to develop through play – a service which gets a big thumbs-up from most parents
Our Anglesey Portage workers Sian and Sandra offer key-working support for parents with young children from 0 to starting school age who have an emerging diagnosis of disability or severe and complex medical condition in order to promote better understanding and access to all the available services to families. They also provide regular support in the home to parents/carers of children from 18 months to 3 &1/2 who have a moderate developmental delay utilising the Portage model. Central to this approach is empowering families so they can help their child develop.
Our portage workers visits families regularly at home to offer help, advice, and guidance and give practical suggestions about what families can do to help their child. The help offered will vary according to a child’s needs, but things like, toilet-training and bedtime routines; information about what extra help is available (Family Fund, DLA etc) arranging a place for summer play scheme etc. Sian and Sandra use play to support children’s development, give family members ideas for activities they could try with their child at home, including support for parents to introduce their child to a range of sensory play and messy play experiences.
The service is not just for children with special educational needs – it can help any child who needs help with developmental issues. Our portage workers will help assess what the child can do across all areas of development and decide with the parent or carer on some long term targets broken down into small step activities
SNAP Works closely with other professionals helping the child or family and sometimes makes joint visits with other professionals involved with the child.
For example; our Portage worker was able to form a close relationship with a family during weekly visits. As a result, the parents were assisted to keep on top of appointments and sessions were delivered for the parent and little girl, as she had missed so many of her nursery sessions. Our portage worker also came up with a very effective but simple solutions to help the parents continue attending the child’s appointments; a pin board and bright coloured post-it notes. This particular child has speech and language difficulties and although our Portage worker is currently using a visual materials symbols for instructions the long term goal is still to develop the child’s ability to speak.
In addition, the child has been re-referred to speech therapy and appointments with a Community Paediatrician and Community Dental Practice have been re-arranged. By arranging a transfer to a school within the family’s catchment area, her attendance at nursery has improved. A crucial relationship was formed through working with the Nursery’s with the SEN Early Years Co-ordinator, pre-school Education Psychologist and with Uned ABC and concerns about the little girl language development were shared.
SNAP’s relationship with Barnado’s locally allowed us to provide support during an initial meeting regarding Mindfulness sessions focusing on depression and anger issues.
In addition in order to address the Mum’s low self-esteem a volunteer with SNAP Cymru met up with the mother to research opportunities for returning to further education or finding employment. Mum think the “service is brilliant!”