How to access online stories, music sessions and activities by Children’s Centre staff: https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/coronavirus/childrens-centres
Factsheets for careers - Benefits and Income advice / Frequently asked questions / General information: http://www.sthelenscarers.org.uk
Contact Telephone Number – 01744 582 172
April newsletter – Lots of useful ASD information and how to access the online interactive Community Network Group.
The new 24-hour, 7-days-a-week mental health crisis service information for Warrington, St Helens and Knowsley. Telephone 01925 275 309.
The National Autistic Society is here to support you during this time, whether you need more information about how to deal with coronavirus changes or to connect you to other people for support.
Helpline information https://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/main.aspx Autism Helpline on 0808 800 4104 for further advice.
Tips for Autistic People and their families https://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/coronavirus/resources/tips.aspx
Top tips for adults with autism during the Covid-19 outbreak - www.autism.org.uk/~/media/nas/ourservices/coronavirus/tips_for_adults_covid19.ashx?la=en-gb
Lots of links to resources and activities https://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/coronavirus/resources/helpful-resources.aspx
A series of Spectrum Live episodes which will be pre-recorded and hosted on our Facebook page. https://www.autism.org.uk/about/spectrum-live.aspx
Episode 1- 'Coronavirus, health and wellbeing'
Episode 2- 'Your care and support'
Episode 3- 'Supporting children and young people'
Episode 4- Unknown. We have decided to leave this open for now as the situation ever changes and will announce soon
Supporting Children with Learning Disability/ASDCoping with COVID-19 Isolation
Education Endowment Foundation These resources outline straightforward ways in which you can identify learning opportunities in everyday routines and build them into your home life. There is also guidance for supporting your child’s behavioural, emotional and social needs at this time. https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/public/files/Publications/Covid19_Resources/Resources_for_parents/Summary_of_Resources_-_Parents.pdf
Safe Hands Thinking Minds Some resources to support children and adults around anxiety, worry, stress, and fears. http://www.safehandsthinkingminds.co.uk/covid-anxiety-stress-resources-links/
A range of easy-read guides with helpful advice and information about Covid-19 for adults with a learning disability www.mencap.org.uk/advice-and-support/health/coronavirus-covid-19
Daily and weekly activity resource templates. Eg food planning https://www.mencap.org.uk/advice-and-support/health/information-aboutcoronavirus/coronavirus-ways-keep-busy
What happens if I or someone I know has to go into hospital links to pain scale, posters and communication chart. https://www.mencap.org.uk/advice-and-support/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirusinformation-about-going-hospital
The Autism Page
Some ideas of how to implement ASD strategies at home
Sensory Trust Creative activities; a collection of free activities designed to engage the senses and connect with nature https://www.sensorytrust.org.uk/information/creativeactivities/index.htm?fbclid=IwAR33ZEDipJx0P9-HUI8087krM4RkKP7mayMimDwR_SXZUuCxTMCpZpQQ2k
Music Therapy Works Music Therapy Resources for parents and careers https://www.musictherapyworks.co.uk/music-resources-for-homelearning?fbclid=IwAR3lt4jEO1YLFDB4pwjlavXcqpbmLPa6MsMc83POXICa_U31OuVf6BwYus
ELSA Support Free Resources supporting Social and Emotional Learning https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/category/free-resources/
Fine Motor Activities with Kim GriffinOT Each week a new video is published with activities. https://www.griffinot.com/developing-childrens-fine-motor-skills/fine-motor-activities-withkim-griffinot/
Learning4kids Sensory Activities that can be done with children of all ages https://www.learning4kids.net/category/sensory/
NAS information on how to use visual supports https://www.autism.org.uk/about/strategies/visual-supports.aspx
Using Symbols to reinforce learning in the home environment http://testblog.axcis.co.uk.gridhosted.co.uk/2020/03/using-symbols-to-reinforce-learning-inthe-home-environment-guest-post/
School Closure Toolkit
Free access to social stories by Carol Gray. https://carolgraysocialstories.com/pandemic-social-stories-direct-access/
A Helpful Online Safety Guide for People With Autism Spectrum Disorders https://www.wizcase.com/blog/internet-safety-guide-for-people-with-autism-spectrumdisorders/
Parent Fact Sheet with a comprehensive list of where to get online safety and advice https://www.childnet.com/ufiles/Parent-factsheet-04-19-WEB-with-links.pdf
Here are some helpful resources to support you during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Helpful resources for adults https://www.nwbh.nhs.uk/resources-for-adults
Guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-public-on-mental-health-and-wellbeing
Guidance for parents and carers for supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-andyoung-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-onsupporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing-during-thecoronavirus-covid-19-outbreak
Mind For better Mental Health Information on Coronavirus and your well-being. https://www.mind.org.uk/ https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-yourwellbeing/#collapsef5230
My Happy Mind Podcasts for parents to listen to https://myhappymind.org/podcasts/
Coronavirus and mental health: tips, advice and guidance on where you can get support for your mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/looking-after-yourself/coronavirus-and-mental-health/
Supporting your child during the coronavirus pandemic – https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/supporting-your-child-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/
YoungMinds Parents Helpline - Call for free on 0808 802 5544 from Mon-Fri, 9.30am - 4pm or email anytime via the YoungMinds website. The helpline is there to give advice to parents and carers who are worried about a young person under 25.
YoungMinds Crisis Messenger Free 24/7 support across the UK for young people who are experiencing a mental health crisis. If you need urgent help text YM to 85258. All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors
The Mix The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. They have lots of resources to support you, including a regular ‘Coping with Covid-19’ blog, tips for fun things to do at home if you’re feeling bored, and how to deal with coronavirus anxiety. https://www.themix.org.uk/
The Mix also provides a free confidential telephone helpline and online service that aims to find young people the best help, whatever the problem. You can:
ChildLine - ChildLine provides a confidential telephone counselling service for any child with a problem. It comforts, advises and protects. You can:
Living Life to the Full Online life skills for young people with free registration until 30 June 2020 www.llttfyp.com
KOOTH Provides free, safe and anonymous online mental health support for young people. www.kooth.com
Every Mind Matters
Looking after children and young people during the Covid-19 outbreak - www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/looking-after-children-and-young-people-duringcoronavirus-covid-19-outbreak
Provides simple tips and advice to start taking better care of your mental health - www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters
Mental Health UK How to have an open conversation with young people about Covid-19 https://mentalhealth-uk.org/blog/how-to-have-an-open-conversation-with-young-peopleabout-coronavirus/
NSPCC Coronavirus advice and support for parents and carers www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/coronavirus-advice-suppport-children-familiesparents
Qwell Online Counselling and wellbeing for adults. https://www.qwell.io/
Winston’s Wish Advice to support young people who have experienced a bereavement during the Covid-19 outbreak, including how to say goodbye when a funeral isn’t possible, and how to talk to children about a family member who is unwell with or has died with coronavirus www.winstonswish.org/coronavirus
This has been compiled as a central resource in May 2020; LASCS and St Helens Council do not take responsibility for any resource or website mentioned above.
The purpose of the Local Offer is to enable parents and young people to see more clearly what services are available for children with special educational needs and disabilities in their area, and how to access them.
"I like the pictures and I like the interesting information it has on the website" - Pupil from Allanson Street Primary School
We are working with parents, young people, children, carers and local services including schools, colleges and health and social care agencies to develop the offer.
"It has been really good having the opportunity to choose whether to be involved or not. It has felt good to be leading work, not just involved. It has helped build my confidence and helped me make decisions in my own life." - Young person on being involved in Voice of the Child.
"The new website is much easier to navigate and find your way around." - Parent of a child with SEND.