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February 2nd 2021 Newsletter -SEND Service

Supporting schools and home learning for children and young people with Special Educational Needs.

Corona Kindness

If you need any support at this time or feel you are in a position to help, please contact the Corona Kindness Team at helpneeded@blackpool.gov.uk or helpoffered@blackpool.gov.uk If you need help call 0808 1963080.

Headstart

Betterstart

ChatterPack is a voluntary-run, special educational needs and disabilities hub.

The Coronavirus outbreak means that parents and carers of young people with SEND are facing uncertainty. If your child is not able to attend their setting/school, we want to support you with some practical home learning advice, hints and suggestions through these newsletters and on the Blackpool Local Offer Facebook page. If you would like any advice or support with any aspect of home learning, please visit the Blackpool SEND Local Offer page on Facebook and submit any questions; your child's school are always there to help too.

SEMH - Children's Mental Health Week

It is important that we talk about and raise awareness of mental health with our children and young people. Visit Place2Be and select the parent and carers tab if you would like some guidance on how to support your child's mental health needs. In the section 'supporting your child's mental health' you will find lots of usefull advice, resources and activities for Children's Mental Health Week. If you are finding it difficult to engage your child in a conversation and are worried they may need to speak with someone here are some suggestions:

  1. For children aged between 8 and 11 select Meet Ollee.
  2. For children in Upper KS2 and beyond use the Young Minds crisis text service. Simply get your child to text YM to 85258 and they will get a response and advice within 5 minutes. This is a Free service.
  3. For children and young adults aged between 11 and 24 advice is available for emotional and mental health support until 10pm every day.

Blackpool SENDAISS (@BpoolSendiass)

Do you have a child, young person with SEN (Special Educational Needs), or do you feel that your child/young person is strugging with their education? Do you have questions about how your child should be supported in nursery, school or college? If so, why not come along to one of our informal SENDIASS virtual Skype tea and talk information sessions to see how we can help? Contact us via emai at sendiass@blackpool.gov.uk to let us know which date you would like and we will send you an invitation. Session numbers are limited.

  1. Tuesday 9th February 2021
  2. Tuesday 9th March 2021
  3. Tuesday 13th April 2021
  4. Tuesday 11th May 2021

Communication and Interaction

Free resources for parents from Talk for Writing. Talk for Writing English Booklets. Pie-Corbett have made units available for year groups from Reception to Year 9 supporting talking about books and talking for writing. These are structured activities which parents of younger children can work through together with their children and which older students may be able to access independently. This week's App is called HFHS ABC. Designed by Occupational Therapists, each letter contains an object and activity. Each activity is meant to be used together with a parent or friend 4+years old.

Local Offer

 Last updated: 05 Feb 2021