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Supporting Children and Young People with SEND as Schools and Colleges prepare for wider opening - for more information about the re-opening of Schools and Colleges and links as well as Government Guidelines for Education

The Government has announced £37 million to support Children with Complex Needs, read the article for more information.  The Family Fund provides grants to low-income families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people, and aims to improve their quality of life by paying for a wide range of items that can ease the daily pressure.

Transition to School - The Area Inclusion Co-Ordinators have produced an interim guidance to support Private Voluntary and Independent Childcare settings to support the transition to school for children with additional needs and SEND.  Take a look at the document here

New Guidance for Direct Payments

The Department of Health and Social Care published detailed guidance for people who received direct payment support and personal health budgets.  The guidance includes a details question and answer section.

A letter will be sent to all those who receive direct payments to inform them of the new guidance and to provide an update on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

NHS & Health

NHS Hospital Passport - Your passport can include lists of what you like or dislike.  This might be about the amount of physical contact you are ok with, to your favourite type of drink, as well as your interests.  The passport helps all the hospital staff know how to make you feel comfortable.  So download yours now and complete.

Health Spot has landed! Sportlight is thrilled to anounce that Health Sport: the new inhouse GP surgery for young people, aged 11-19 (or up to 25 with SEND), has started digital provision. 

Parents guide to the NHS during COVID-19

Autism:  11 Year Old Elliot shares his tips for life in lockdown

Elliot is an 11 year old who has Autism, he says that this means that he 'sees the world a little differently from others'.  He says that he 'doesn't like loud noises', 'change' and 'might understand things other people might'.  He shared his top lockdown tips on BBC Newsround

Some of the things Elliot likes to do is:

  1. Follow a Timetable - stick this somewhere where you can easily see it
  2. Schedule in quiet time - add this to your timetable
  3. Create a space in your home to complete your school work
  4. Find things to do to occupy your mind like wordsearches
  5. Do fun things that you wouldn't normally do - like going for walks, which really sets you up for the day
  6. Complete school work on the same day it was set - this will help you to stay in control and avoid you getting confused or frustrated
  7. Improvise and be creative - host a family game night and have fun with your family

British Sign Language Bake with RAD - Watch the Video below and learn how to make your own chocolate bar.

Ingredients you will need to get started:

  • Chocolate Bars (White, Milk or Dark whichever you prefer)
  • Toppings e.g. Chocolate Peanuts, Sprinkles, Chocolate Buttons (I am sure there are many more you can think of, so just bring what you like)



Inspirational Video from Ryan Bogues, Ryans Cookie Box


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