There are around 700,000 people in the UK who are on the autism spectrum (which includes Asperger Syndrome and PDA). Together with their families they make up around 2.8 million people whose lives are touched by autism every single day.
HERE ARE A FEW HELPFUL LINKS TO THE NATIONAL AUTISTIC SOCIETY WEBSITE:
Who can provide local support ?
Chip+ are a wonderful organisation and can support families in a number of ways. Use the hotlink to view their autism pack .
Friends of Autism Highland provide advice and run a variety of events – pop over to their own page to find out more.
This section of the blog will provide details of some agencies and charities who can offer advice and support for children with SpLD.
SpLD is an umbrella term used to cover a range of frequently co-occurring difficulties, more commonly:
- Dyspraxia or DCD
Specific Learning Difficulties (or SpLDs), affect the way information is learned and processed.
They are neurological (rather than psychological), often run in families and occur independently of intelligence.
They can significantly impact education and learning, particularly the acquisition of literacy, numeracy, and motor (movement) skills.
Some common characteristics of SpLDs:
- Memory difficulties
- Organisational difficulties
- Writing difficulties
- Visual processing difficulties
- Reading difficulties
- Auditory processing difficulties
- Time management difficulties
- Sensory distraction: an inability to screen out extraneous visual or auditory stimuli.
- Sensory overload: a heightened sensitivity to visual stimuli and sound; an inability to cope with busy environments.
There is a high level of co-occurrence between different SpLDs so it is very important to understand that each profile is unique to the individual child. SpLDs can present themselves in a variety of ways and will range from mild to severe.
Unidentified and unsupported SpLDs can lead to emotional distress, frustration and poor self-esteem. This can result in a child becoming withdrawn within class or school. Sometimes a child will present a change in their behaviour, attitude or effort. When we start to build a profile we consider any possible underlying cause so that we are best able to meet a child’s needs.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s progress please make initial contact with their class teacher.
We are a group of NUMBERcrunchers using a range of resources and games to boost our maths skills.
… keep your eyes peeled to find out more !
From the HPS NUMBERcrunchers !!!
We are a group of CODEbreakers trialling a new reading scheme to develop our literacy skills.
This will help our learning in a number of ways …
From the HPS CODEbreakers !!!
We are a group of MOTORvators who are currently working on a range of skills including
- throwing, aiming and catching
- rolling, kicking and dribbling
- jumping, hopping, skipping and running
- lacing, threading and folding
- drawing, writing, cutting and sticking
… not only are we helping develop a range of physical skills – but our games help improve our concentration and focus too … BONUS SKILLS !!!
From the HPS MOTORvators !!!
I’m so excited to have my own SfL page on the blog.
My remit as Support for Learning Teacher covers a vast spectrum of social, emotional, academic and behavioural needs.
Additional support needs can be short or long term. Additional support may be required for a child or young person, who for example:
- has behavioural difficulties
- is bereaved
- has autism or attention deficit, or both, as in many children they co-exist
- is particularly gifted
- has a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia or dysgraphia
- has a sensory impairment, including sight, hearing and balance
- has a medical condition which impacts their wellbeing, attendance or behaviours
- is looked after by a local authority.
- is not a regular attendee
Learning and Teaching Scotland state that,
“Mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing are essential for successful learning.”
The full article on Additional Support For Learning can be found on the Education Scotland Website following the link below.
The new year will bring some top tips, advice and suggestions for resources that can help support our young learners in a wide variety of ways.
Have a restful holiday and see you all in 2016 !
Thanks to all the boys and girls who have worked with me this term.
We’ve had fun with phonics, clapped out syllables and improved our word attack skills.
One class has been exercising their thinking muscles with some brain training and building up one part to two part instructions. Next term we’ll revise two part and then move onto three part instructions
Some of us have looked at the shapes we make when we are handwriting. Doodling is great fun and
One class has enjoyed
Enjoy your holidays and I’ll see you in 2016.