Written for us by an Early Years leader, this post outlines a suggested phonics session, the activities and routine will be appropriate for all mainstream settings, and with a little imagination to any SEN setting. The phonics session mirrors what I taught to my class. Keeping the same routine really helped my autistic learners and is the key takeaway from this post.
Symbols can be used to support both receptive and expressive communication. They support word recognition in pre-readers and can be used in times of increased stress to communicate a need when word recall is impaired, for example showing an exit symbol for time out instead of having to ask or explain why.
Many "Sensory" resources can be created from free or existing material, bubble wrap, packaging foam, a little dot of oil on a radiator. Food is easy and usually cheap, rainbow rice or spaghetti. I am a fan of getting outside, feel the breeze, listen to the waves (my school is just above the beach). Sometimes you want something a bit different. These can be used in a sensory room or individually to encourage calming or even concentration. I would love to hear your ideas as well.
Seeing as my most popular post is Star Wars quotes I thought why not tap into the force and write a post on Using star wars toys, games and lightsabers in the classroom. All these have links to the products but my favourite way to gather resources is to ask fellow Jedi teachers/friends to remember my little rebel alliance when having a pre-Christmas clear out.
I needed something quick and simple to support a young student through a difficult time. She was very reliant on staff to support her with very little idea ways she could help herself without getting overwhelmed. Her actions suggested she needed some prompts to think of ways to ask for help.
Free Printable SEN teaching resources focusing on firefighters and people who help us.
These are the resources I have made to use with my class to support learning about Remembrance Day this November. Poppy themed with a UK focus all use similar images and symbols . I hope they are of some use with your children.
One of the most interesting things I found on the Twinkl site was the "create" feature, this allows you to build a range of resources from displays to interactive games to worksheets. Now I'm not the biggest fan of a worksheet but with a bit of laminating they can easily turn into a folder task. I hate seeing folders of random sheets that all use different fonts imagery etc. If I am creating a pack for a topic it is much better that all the resources have a common look and feel. It just looks more cohesive and planned.
Update May 2021: Collaboroo is currently only in Archive form. This page now redirects to our internal posts or the Archive. I want to thank everyone who has visited Inclusiveteach.com, May has seen the most visitors ever! However I have not updated my site for a while. I have been working with a great new… Continue reading Articles for Collaboroo
Flo Longhorn's Sensory Umbrella When you listen to a speaker you need to be inspired. Your mind needs to fill with ideas as they speak. I had the pleasure of listening and watching Flo Longhorn at a conference late last year and came away with a desire to rush out and put these ideas into… Continue reading Sensory Umbrellas For PMLD.
This post contains some more transport topic themed free printable worksheets/folder tasks. For any special education teacher working with students who need assistive communication interventions such as symbol support or PECS, some have been developed to meet specific speech and language targets and goals. These may be outlined in their IEP's or EHCP plans. Click… Continue reading Transport Topic Resources 2
Custom Tuff Tray Divider Originally posted on Collaboroo This was an idea I had when I first bought a tuff tray but was brought to life by our workshop tutor so I can't claim all the credit. I work in a mixed ability SEN key stage 4 class. My students love practical hands on activities,… Continue reading SEN Teacher: The Tuff Tray
Transition and Change can be a challenge for many children. This discussion provides some strategies that may help.