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Supporting Children in Kent with Special Educational Needs and Disability

Advice & Resources

This section holds a wealth of useful resources to help support children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Free to access, resources available include information and advice leaflets, case studies, risk assessment examples and ‘top tips’.

All resources have been written and shared by professionals from across the SEND sector and then quality assured by the STLS Professional Leads

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    Early Literacy Skills Tracker

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Cognition and Learning

    An assessment that gives an overview of a pupil’s current alphabetic code knowledge, phonological processing skills and single word reading and spelling of Phase 2 to 5 common exception and decodable words. This will enable you to individualise your catch up interventions

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    Early Years Foundation Stage Levels Table

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Early Years

    Table to record children’s progress and development through the Early Years Foundation Stage – Nursery and Yr R. (To be completed when School Staff attend Reception Age Drop-in with the Early Years Specialist Teacher)

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    Sevenoaks Pastoral Support Plan

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)

    To be completed by professionals/parents/children to support the assess, plan, do, review cycle for a child experiencing difficulty in school. It is important this is completed where difficulties could lead to attendance, exclusion and wellbeing concerns without additional targeted support

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    Hemiplegia

    STLS PD Kent

    • Physical Disability

    Introduction to Hemiplegia and how it may impact at different ages in children and young people

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    Dyspraxia and PE in KS2

    STLS PD Kent

    • Curriulum

    Ideas for including students with coordination disorder in PE lessons

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    National Autistic Society

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Communication and Interaction

    The National Autistic Society are the UK's largest provider of specialist autism services

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    Sevenoaks Flowchart Inclusion Guidance

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)

    Supports professionals in implementing the assess, plan, do, review cycle of supporting children experiencing difficulty in school

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    Whole Word Teaching Approach For Common Exception Words (Phase 2-5)

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Cognition and Learning

    A method that systematically teaches whole word recognition using words and symbols. This is for those children who cannot access teaching based on synthetic phonics principles

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    The Ultimate Guide to Phonological Awareness

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Cognition and Learning
    • Early Years

    A set of structured activities and materials to teach early phonological awareness skills, paving the way for the systematic teaching of phonics. These skills need to be taught separately of phoneme grapheme correspondence. This programme can also be used for pupils with speech and language difficulties to support their acquisition of literacy skills

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    Full Circle Game Phase 2

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Cognition and Learning

    A structured listening activity with letters to develop phoneme manipulation skills

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    Full Circle Game Phase 3

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Cognition and Learning

    A structured listening activity with letters to develop phoneme manipulation skills

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    The Rose Report

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Cognition and Learning

    Outlines schools’ responsibilities towards their dyslexic pupils and what best practice should look like, based on current research

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    Primary Combined SPLD Checklist

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Cognition and Learning

    Funded by DfE. Provides a first step in identifying the needs of low achieving pupils based on observations of learning behaviour. Is not a diagnostic tool

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    Secondary Combined SPLD Checklist

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Cognition and Learning

    Funded by DfE. Provides a first step in identifying the needs of low achieving pupils based on observations of learning behaviour. Is not a diagnostic tool

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    Types of Adaptation

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Cognition and Learning

    A planning tool for teachers to help them differentiate their lessons for pupils with SEN

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    Kent Dyslexia Policy 2015

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Cognition and Learning

    Outlines roles and responsibilities of all KCC partners in identifying and responding to the needs of dyslexic learners

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    Colourful Semantics Question Words - A4

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Cognition and Learning

    To support understanding of spoken questions, conjunctions and negatives during whole class teaching

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    Colourful Semantics Question Word - Small

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Cognition and Learning

    To support understanding of spoken questions, conjunctions and negatives for individual and small group teaching

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    Maths Vocabulary with Symbols - YR

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Cognition and Learning

    Essential maths vocabulary with symbols for pupils working below the KS1 National Curriculum

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    The Salvesen Mindroom Centre

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Cognition and Learning
    • Parents

    For children and young people with a range of learning difficulties. Provides literature, training and resources for teachers, works directly with families and supports work placements for secondary pupils

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    The Dyslexia SpLD Trust

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Cognition and Learning
    • Parents

    Funded by the DfE to provide reliable and current information to parents, teachers and schools on dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties. Provides a framework for professional development of school staff and a free online version of the Inclusion Development Programmes for a range of SEN

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    Interventions For Literacy

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Cognition and Learning

    A resource site for teachers to help them choose a UK quantitively evaluated dyslexia intervention for their pupils

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    The British Dyslexia Association

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Cognition and Learning
    • Parents

    Offers accredited courses for professionals up to Level 7 and a range of e-learning, open and bespoke courses for all teaching staff. Issues the ‘Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark’ to those schools who can demonstrate they provide high quality education or practice for dyslexic pupils and a free help line for anyone needing dyslexia related information or support. Offers diagnostic assessments for children and adults and the ‘The Five Minute Box’ which helps staff to identify at risk pupils early, available on a free 28 day trial.

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    Kent West Dyslexia Association

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Cognition and Learning
    • Parents

    Affiliated to the British Dyslexia Association, holds regular meetings and workshops for parents and professionals. Website gives parents a range of advice such as choosing a school and how to help their child at home. Covers the Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells area. Has a free helpline. Offers a free Saturday fun club for children who are experiencing low self-esteem in relation to their dyslexia or dyspraxia. Teachers section in development

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    British Dyslexia Association New Technologies Committee

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Cognition and Learning
    • Parents

    Offers support on how technology can assist dyslexic pupils. Reviews new hardware and software and gives information on the enabling technologies already embedded within commonly used IOS, Windows and Google products. Many products available from the BDA store

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    CALL Scotland

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Cognition and Learning
    • Parents

    Gives an overview of assistive technology including speech recognition tools on tablets, phones and computers and useful apps (OIS and Android) for dyslexic learners and those with more complex needs. Information and advice on a range of SEN

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    Crick Software - Reading and writing software for all abilities

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Cognition and Learning

    Sells products that help pupils overcome their literacy difficulties and support inclusive practice: ‘Clicker 8’ - Windows & Macs (Primary), ‘Clicker Writer’ - iPad & Chromebook (Primary), ‘Docs Plus’ – Windows & Macs (Secondary); and ‘Clicker Communicator’ – iPad & Chromebook. Free online training tutorials. Subscribers can access free resources and a Blog

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    Widgit Online

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Cognition and Learning
    • Communication and Interaction
    • Early Years

    Sevenoaks STLS is a Widgit Centre - Please contact us for discount code. Allows school staff to create symbol resources in their web browser for pupils who need visual resources to support their learning, such as visual timetables, flashcards and vocabulary sheets. This online version is designed for busy teachers with a wide range of ready to use templates and resources that can be easily shared with colleagues. Includes an add on Dual Language Feature Pack for EAL pupils. Free 21-day trial. One user is £6 a month subscription

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    InPrint 3

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Cognition and Learning
    • Communication and Interaction
    • Early Years

    Sevenoaks STLS is a Widgit Centre - Please contact us for discount code. Similar to widgitonline but has more design and layout features to individualise resources further, such as enabling a mixture of writing and symbols within a document and templates that can be edited . Free trial. Single installation £179

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    The Dyscalculia Information Centre

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Cognition and Learning
    • Parents

    Gives general information about dyscalculia, free online advice service, resources for teachers and parents and a preliminary diagnostic test and articles

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    Maths Explained

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Cognition and Learning
    • Parents

    Collection of short video tutorials by Steve Chinn for children and adults who are experiencing difficulties in learning maths

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    Ronit Bird - Specialist In Dyscalculia And Arithmetic Difficulties

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Cognition and Learning
    • Parents

    Information for parents and teachers, e-books series ‘Help your child master numeracy’ with embedded videos, 60 free number games, courses for teachers, whole school training

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    Smart Kids - Dyscalculia Resources

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Cognition and Learning
    • Parents

    Dyscalculia resources for teachers and parents, Numicon at Home Kit, Numicon Breaking Barriers One to One Kit for pupils with SEN

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    Primary to Secondary Transition Checklist

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Transition

    The checklist can be used as a record of transition for each pupil needing an enhanced transition process or can be adapted to be used as a whole class or year group checklist for pupils with SEND and other vulnerable pupils.

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    Setting to Primary Transition Checklist

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Transition

    The checklist can be used as a record of transition for each pupil needing an enhanced transition process

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    Early Years LIFT Referral Form With Prompts

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Early Years

    An example format of an Early Years LIFT request form, with questions and considerations to be used as a prompt to support the completion of the form

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    Sevenoaks Early Years Personalised Plan Monitoring Sheet

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Early Years

    A monitoring sheet to be used to record the implementation and response of interventions for specific targets on a child’s Early Years Personalised Plan

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    Sevenoaks Early Years Pastoral Support Plan

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Early Years

    A plan written with parents, the setting and professionals to identify precise and specific targets and support to be implemented, for a child, to work towards positive progression with challenging social and emotional difficulties

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    National Portage Association

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Early Years
    • Parents

    Information about the National Portage Association and top tips information for working on skill development is included within the “Parents Support” section

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    Leeds Community Healthcare - Speech and Language Therapy Toolkit

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Early Years
    • Communication and Interaction

    Guidance and activities/recommendations for supporting a wide range of speech and language needs

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    Kent Community Health - Children's Therapies - The Pod

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Early Years
    • Communication and Interaction

    Kent NHS Children’s Therapy Service information and advice

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    Middletown Centre for Autism

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Early Years
    • Communication and Interaction

    Information, advice and strategies for supporting autism and sensory processing difficulties

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    Early Years And Childcare - KELSI

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Early Years

    Early Years and Childcare page on KELSI

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    Threads Of Success

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Early Years

    A Training and Support Framework for Early Years and Childcare providers

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    The Communication Trust - Early Years

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Early Years
    • Communication and Interaction

    Resources to help support work in the Early Years

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    The Sutton Trust - Closing Gaps Early

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Early Years

    The role of Early Years policy in promoting social mobility in England

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    LuCID - The ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Early Years
    • Communication and Interaction

    The ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD) is a five year research collaboration working with partners from across the world to transform understanding of how children learn to communicate with language

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    LuCID - Communication and Language Articles

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Early Years
    • Communication and Interaction

    LuCiD researchers have written six articles on communication and language for Nursery World Magazine. Each article focuses on a different aspect of child language and communicative development linked to LuCID’s research

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    Information Advice Support Kent (IASK)

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Parents

    Provides free, impartial and confidential information, advice and support about special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) for children, young people up to age 25, parents and carers

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    We Are Beams

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Parents

    Provide comprehensive support services to families of children and young people with any form of physical, learning or sensory impairment living in the Dartford, Gravesham, Sevenoaks and the surrounding areas

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    Kent Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services (CYPMHS)

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)

    Gives information about the Kent service that supports children and young people experiencing mental health difficulties

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    SEBDA

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)

    Promotes the well-being of children and young people who are experiencing social, emotional and mental health difficulties

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    Inclusion Development Programme

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Early Years
    • Communication and Interaction
    • Cognition and Learning
    • Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)

    The Inclusion Development Programme (IDP) is part of the government’s strategy to improve outcomes for children with special educational needs and was first outlined in Removing Barriers to Achievement

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    The Boxall Profile

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)

    Assesses children and young people's social and emotional development and helps identify blocks to this development. The profile can then be used to develop a bespoke programme for children with Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs

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    The Wellbeing Toolkit 2 For Professional

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)

    A programme of professional development to promote and maintain resilience and personal

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    The Wellbeing Toolkit

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)

    Helps develop school professionals' understanding of Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) difficulties within the wider context of other supporting services. It provides assessment tools and resources to support

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    Young Minds

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)
    • Parents

    The UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health

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    Mind - The Mental Health Charity

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)
    • Parents

    Provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem

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    Self Esteem Team

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)
    • Parents

    The Self-Esteem Team deliver emotional and lifestyle education to students, parents and teachers throughout the UK and beyond

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    Youth Select Committee - Report On Young People's Mental Health

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)

    Youth Select Committee’s report on 'Young People's Mental Health' today with recommendations on how to improve support

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    Child Bereavement UK

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)
    • Parents

    Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals both when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, and when a child is facing bereavement

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    Recognising PTSD in Children

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)
    • Parents

    Information for Professionals and Parents to help support children who have difficulty coping following experiencing traumatic events

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    Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ)

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)
    • Parents

    The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) is a brief emotional and behavioural screening questionnaire for children and young people. The tool can capture the perspective of children and young people, their parents and teachers

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    Bliss - For Babies Born Premature Or Sick

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Parents

    Bliss offers a wide range of free services for the families of premature and sick babies.

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    Executive Function

    STLS PD Kent

    • Cognition and Learning

    Executive function skills allow us to take on new knowledge and skills and then apply to new situations. In atypical neurodevelopment there will be an impact on how the student learns and processes information and skills

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    Acoustics

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Hearing Impairment

    Understanding acoustics and improving listening conditions for hearing impaired children.

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    Listen2Hear

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Hearing Impairment

    A resource for assessing and monitoring early listening and communication skills with children with hearing impairment.

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    Modern Foreign Languages

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Hearing Impairment

    Supporting deaf pupils to successfully learn MFL. Drawn from the advice provided by the National Deaf Children's Society.

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    Ali gets hearing aids

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Hearing Impairment
    • Children and young people

    Ali gets hearing aids. He is not sure how he feels about this. A leaflet for children from the National Deaf Children's Society.

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    Keeping hearing aids on young children

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Hearing Impairment
    • Parents

    Advice for parents of babies, toddlers and preschool children with hearing impairment. A leaflet from Oticon.

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    Bella gets new earmoulds

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Hearing Impairment
    • Parents
    • Children and young people

    A story in photos that follows Bella as she gets new earmoulds.

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    Bella's hearing test

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Hearing Impairment
    • Parents
    • Children and young people

    Follow Bella as she has her hearing test. A photo story.

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    Hearing Aid Listening Check

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Hearing Impairment
    • Parents

    Practical advice on checking hearing aids.

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    Deaf friendly clubs

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Hearing Impairment
    • Parents

    Contact information on deaf friendly clubs and organisation for children.

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    Sensory Audit for Schools and Classrooms

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Communication and Interaction

    Based on an audit designed by Val Jones and Iam Attfield this sensory audit allows practitioners to assess how sensory friendly the school and classroom environment is

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    Sensory Checklist for Practitioners - Primary and Secondary Inclusion Development Programme

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Communication and Interaction

    Allows practitioners to assess what specific sensory needs a child or young person may have

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    The Communication Trust

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Communication and Interaction

    The Communication Trust is a coalition of over 50 not-for-profit organisations. Working together they support those who work with children and young people in England to support their speech, language and communication needs

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    The PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) Society

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Communication and Interaction

    The PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) Society provide information, support and training for people living and working with PDA

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    Makaton

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Communication and Interaction

    Makaton is a unique language programme that uses symbols, signs and speech to enable people to communicate. Find resources and training opportunities

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    RADLD (Raising Awareness of Developmental Language Disorder)

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Communication and Interaction

    RADLD (Raising Awareness of Developmental Language Disorder) provide information and resources about DLD. Recent research has shown that, on average, 2 children in every class of 30 will experience DLD

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    Language for Learning

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Communication and Interaction

    Language for Learning provides training and resources to support all those working with children and young people with speech, language and communication needs

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    Speech Link Multimedia Ltd

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Communication and Interaction

    Speech Link Multimedia Ltd have developed award winning resources, and support packages for children with SLCN. Their assessment tools help practitioners to identify and support children with speech, language and communication needs appropriately

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    Monocular Vision

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Visual Impairment

    A leaflet for schools on strategies for children and young people with monocular vision.

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    Mild Visual Impairment

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Visual Impairment

    A leaflet for schools with strategies to support children and young people with mild visual impairment.

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    Visual Perception

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Cognition and Learning
    • Visual Impairment

    Activities and strategies for schools to support development in the seven areas of visual perception difficulties.

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    Getting ready for Braille

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Visual Impairment
    • Parents

    Pre-Braille skills and activities for parents to use.

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    Crack the Code

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Visual Impairment

    A leaflet from Clear Vision and Linden Lodge providing information about Braille and simple exercises to get you started.

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    Early Years - VI Service

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Visual Impairment
    • Early Years
    • Parents

    An outline of the VI services from the STLS Sensory Service provided to children in the Early Years and their families.

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    Visual Impairment and Autism

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Visual Impairment
    • Communication and Interaction
    • Parents

    A guide for parents and teachers.

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    Deafblind Guidance

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Multi-Sensory Impairment

    Care and support for deafblind children and adults policy guidance (2014)

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    Preparing for Adulthood

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Hearing Impairment
    • Multi-Sensory Impairment
    • Visual Impairment

    Department of Education tool to support Preparing for Adulthood outcomes across the age ranges.

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    VI - Primary School

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Visual Impairment
    • Parents

    Preparing for your child to start at primary school. How you can help. A leaflet for parents from our Family Pack.

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    VI - Secondary School

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Visual Impairment
    • Parents

    Preparing your child to start at secondary school. What you can do to help. A leaflet for parents from our Family Pack.

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    Early Years VI - What you can do at home

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Visual Impairment
    • Parents
    • Early Years

    How to help your child with visual impairment develop through play and everyday activities. A leaflet for parents from our Parent Pack.

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    Unilateral Hearing Loss

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Hearing Impairment
    • Parents

    General information for parents and carers

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    Hearing Loss

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Hearing Impairment
    • Parents

    General information for parents and carers on different types of hearing loss

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    Hearing Aids

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Hearing Impairment
    • Parents

    General information for parents and carers on how to get the best out of hearing aids.

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    Tips for Working with MSI Learners

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Multi-Sensory Impairment

    Tips for working with learners with loss of their vision and hearing (deafblind).

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    Messy Play Texture Hierarchy

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Multi-Sensory Impairment
    • Parents

    The textures of messy play categorised from easy to challenging for deafblind children. A helpful at a glance guide from SENSE.

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    Making sense of music

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Multi-Sensory Impairment

    A toolkit from SENSE to help you explore sensory and inclusive music.

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    Organisations, Charities and Webpages

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Multi-Sensory Impairment
    • Parents

    Useful contacts for parents of deafblind children.

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    Deafblind Manual Alphabet

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Multi-Sensory Impairment

    Easy to follow diagrams to help you teach yourself the deafblind manual alphabet. A leaflet from SENSE

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    Making play inclusive - A toolkit for parents

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Multi-Sensory Impairment
    • Parents

    Advise and suggestions from SENSE for inclusive play with your deafblind child.

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    Making play inclusive - A toolkit for play settings

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Multi-Sensory Impairment

    Advice and suggestions from SENSE to support settings with accessible play for deafblind children.

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    Talking the language of the Hands to the Hands

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Multi-Sensory Impairment

    The importance of the hands to a person who is deafblind - an article by Barbara Miles published on DB-Link.

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    Helpful tips for working with learners with MSI

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Multi-Sensory Impairment

    Advice and helpful tips from Specialist Teachers for MSI to support your work with learners with MSI/Deafblindness

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    Albinism

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Visual Impairment

    Information about this eye condition.

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    Amblyopia

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Visual Impairment

    Information on this eye condition.

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    Astigmatism

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Visual Impairment

    Information on this eye condition.

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    Cataracts

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Visual Impairment

    Information on this eye condition.

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    Duane Syndrome

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Visual Impairment

    Information on this eye condition.

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    Glaucoma

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Visual Impairment

    Information on this eye condition.

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    Hypermetropia

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Visual Impairment

    Information on this eye condition.

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    Myopia

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Visual Impairment

    Information on this eye condition.

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    Nystagmus

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Visual Impairment

    Information on this eye condition.

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    Retinitis Pigmentosa

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Visual Impairment

    Information on this eye condition.

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    Stickler Syndrome

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Visual Impairment

    Information on the impact of this condition on eyesight.

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    Stabismus

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Visual Impairment

    Information on this eye condition.

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    Hearing Impairment - Information for Schools

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Hearing Impairment

    An overview of hearing impairment for school professionals, including useful strategies.

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    Mild Hearing Loss

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Hearing Impairment
    • Parents

    General information for parents and carers to support communication with your child.

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    The Ear

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Hearing Impairment
    • Parents

    General information for parents and carers on the structure and function of the ear.

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    Alphabetic Code Charts

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Cognition and Learning

    Alphabetic Code Charts illustrate the smallest sounds of speech (phonemes and combined phonemes) linked to the graphemes (letters and letter groups) which are the code for the sounds. They support the teaching and learning of the many letter/s-sound correspondences of the alphabetic code for reading and spelling. You will find a range of sizes and types including the ‘mini chart’ suitable for a table top resource and ‘colour the code’ which can be used to track individual progress with interventions

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    Twinkl

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Communication and Interaction
    • Cognition and Learning
    • Early Years
    • Parents

    Designed to 'help those who teach'. Twinkl create educational resources for teachers that can be used at each step of a child's learning journey. These include schemes of work, lesson plans, assessments, visual resources and educational games. There are over 525,000 resources

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    Speechmark

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Early Years
    • Communication and Interaction
    • Cognition and Learning
    • Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)

    Speechmark books and materials on speech and language, special educational needs and social and emotional wellbeing provide best practice and inspiration to practitioners in education, health and social care

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    Pie Corbett’s Teaching Guide For Progression In Writing Year By Year

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Cognition and Learning

    A curriculum overview of the five writing strands (text structure, sentence structure, word structure/language, punctuation/terminology) by year group with examples. Useful for setting individualised writing targets for children and young people working below their current year group expectations.

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    Word Challenge

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Communication and Interaction

    This board game and word challenge cards are used together to play a fun game when learning/retaining vocabulary

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    CASPA - Life with Autism

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Communication and Interaction

    CASPA provides advice, support and life skill development opportunities for children, young people and families affected by Autism.

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    Factsheet on On-Body Signing

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Multi-Sensory Impairment

    Information for On Body/Touch Interaction and Communication

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    COVID-19 in children and young people

    STLS PD Kent

    • Physical Disability
    • Early Years

    Advice for schools and early years settings on recognising COVID-19 and hyperinflammatory shock

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    Acquired Brain Injury

    STLS PD Kent

    • Physical Disability
    • Parents

    Information for schools and parents around the educational challenges for learners with an acquired brain injury

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    Managing Fatigue

    STLS PD Kent

    • Physical Disability
    • Parents

    Practical strategies to help schools understand and effectively include learners with extreme fatigue due to a medical condition

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    Multisensory Learning

    STLS PD Kent

    • Cognition and Learning
    • Early Years
    • Parents

    Introduction to multisensory learning and ideas to support learners, through all Key Stages, who particularly benefit from this approach

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    Apps for VI Preschoolers

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Visual Impairment
    • Early Years
    • Parents

    Apps for iPad – Pre-School children with Visual Impairment Free to use and designed to support the development of your child’s vision through stimulation. They are a fun way of developing hand eye co-ordination and tracking skills.

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    Sensory On-Body Stories

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Visual Impairment
    • Early Years
    • Parents

    Introducing and developing your child's tolerance of touch through story-telling.

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    Messy Play Recipe Book

    STLS Sensory Kent

    • Visual Impairment
    • Early Years
    • Parents

    Giving young children with VI the opportunity to discover different textures and sensations.

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    Includes Us 2

    STLS PD Kent

    • Physical Disability
    • Parents

    Listening, Supporting, Empowering disabled children and their families in the Ashford, Dover, Folkestone and Hythe Districts. Other useful links for families living in other parts of Kent

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    VACTERL Association

    STLS PD Kent

    • Physical Disability

    This is a condition which is described as an association because it affects at least three out of the seven areas which are described in the acronym: vertebral, anal, cardio, traceo, esophagal, renal, limb

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    Hypermobility

    STLS PD Kent

    • Physical Disability
    • Parents

    Information to help understand hypermobility and some of the implications for learners in school

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    Cystic Fibrosis

    STLS PD Kent

    • Physical Disability

    Information for teachers to inform planning for a learner with Cystic Fibrosis , meetings challenges and resources for inclusion

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    Wheelchairs in schools and EY Settings

    STLS PD Kent

    • Physical Disability
    • Early Years

    Important information for schools and EY settings on risk assessing and supporting children and young people using wheelchairs on a daily basis

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    Identiplay Help Sheet

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Early Years
    • Communication and Interaction

    A strategy for teaching imaginative play skills to children through modelling and parallel play

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    Intensive Interaction Help Sheet

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Early Years
    • Communication and Interaction

    A beginners guide to encouraging early communication in young children with social communication difficulties and Autism

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    PECS Help Sheet

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Early Years
    • Communication and Interaction

    A brief overview of what PECS is and how to get started when working with children at the early communication stage or children not showing communicative intent

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    Makaton Help Sheet

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Early Years
    • Communication and Interaction

    A beginners guide to using sign language with children displaying developmental delay or needing extra visual support to help them to understand language

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    Sensory Circuits Help Sheet

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Early Years
    • Communication and Interaction

    A strategy to help children to regulate themselves to develop their ability to sit, attend and therefore learn alongside their peers

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    Sensory Diet Help Sheet

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Early Years
    • Communication and Interaction

    An integrated approach to help children to access their learning by making sure their sensory needs are met

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    TEACCH Help Sheet

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Early Years
    • Communication and Interaction

    A visual teaching approach to help children with Autism to become independent learners

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    Cognition and Learning Assessments

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Cognition and Learning

    A summary of assessments that are available for different areas of cognition and learning to help guide your identification of needs for pupils with C&L

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    Primary Example Pupil Booklet for Transition

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Transition

    Example of a Pupil Booklet for Transition

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    Primary Friendship - A Guide for Year 6 and 7

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Transition

    Friendship - A guide for Year 6 and Year 7

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    Primary Parents Transition Booklet

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Transition

    Primary Parents Transition Booklet - What to expect from secondary school and how to support your child

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    Primary Parents Secondary Transition Guide

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Transition

    A Parent's Secondary Transition Guide

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    Primary Transition Sessions

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Transition

    Primary Transition Sessions

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    Primary What Makes A Good Friend Session

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Transition

    Primary - What makes a good friend session

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    Primary - Timetable Example for Secondary

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Transition

    Primary - Timetable example for Secondary

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    Primary - Troubleshooter Behaviour Sheet

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Transition

    Primary - Troubleshooter Behaviour Sheet

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    Secondary Example Pupil Booklet for Transition

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Transition

    Example of a Pupil Transition Booklet

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    Secondary - Managing Emotions Session

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Transition

    Managing Emotions Session

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    Secondary - Managing Emotions Session

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Transition

    Managing Emotions Session

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    Transition - Resources for Secondary

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Transition

    Transition Resources for Secondary School

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    Secondary Transition Sessions

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Transition

    Secondary Transition Sessions

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    Sensory Play

    STLS Sevenoaks

    • Early Years

    A Sensory Play booklet which has some great ideas in it to help you to meet the sensory needs of all of your pupils

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    Therapy Support in Kent

    STLS PD Kent

    • Physical Disability

    The PODD is your main link for finding community therapy services and advice for children and young people in Kent