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SEN & NURTURE

HOW DO WE MEET THE NEEDS OF OUR SEN CHILDREN?

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THE BURROW

We are very excited to have built a new facility at our school where we can run nurture groups and hold music lessons and small booster groups. We have decided to call it The Burrow - a bit like the Weasley house in Harry Potter!

We will be able to offer Lego Therapy, 1:1 and small group counselling, art based therapies such as Drawing and Talking and gardening or cookery based nurture activities.

AIM HIGH

Some learners are supported through the 'Aim High' after school club.

Activities are planned to develop skills, enable learners to adapt skills in different contexts and take as much responsibility for their own learning as possible. Creativity is encouraged and we aim to provide learning experiences that are meaningful and memorable.

This term children will be:

Experimenting with different recipes to make pancakes.
Booking a family holiday to faraway places on a budget
Taking a tour around the world
Building a local landmark of Hastings using Lego and finding out information about their landmark.

TOGETHER WE 'AIM HIGH', WORK HARD AND HAVE FUN!

LEGO THERAPY

Parents already know the benefits of LEGO play but most people are unaware of the powerful benefit it has for children with ASD, social, emotional and behavioural needs.

LEGO Therapy takes advantage of the inherently rewarding nature of LEGO activities for many children. Groups of children meet on a regular basis and engage in collaborative LEGO brick building activities tailored to the skill level of the participants.

Different tasks are assigned to group members such as an ‘Engineer’, a ‘Supplier’ and a ‘Builder’. The team works together to assemble the project with an emphasis on verbal communication, joint attention, collaborative problem-solving, sharing and turn taking (switching roles during the task).

Ground-breaking research in this field has been pioneered by innovative and creative researchers who have shown that significant gains can be made in social development through LEGO play.

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SEWING CLUB

Children at the sewing club helped to make this beautiful banner.

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They also made these super puppets - and these lovely hearts for Valentine's Day.

USEFUL LINKS

The following links may be useful to parents of children with additional needs:

AUTISM SUSSEX

Autism Sussex is a charity which exists to enable people with an autistic spectrum condition to receive the help and specialist support services they and their families need.

DRAGONFLIES

Dragonflies is a local charity offering support to children, young people and their families who are struggling to cope with the death of someone close to them. They give family members the chance to meet others and share their experience.

E. SUSSEX PARENTS & CARERS COUNCIL

The East Sussex Parents and Carers Council is made up of parents and carers of children and young people who are aged between 0-25 years and have a wide range of additional needs. They aim to influence and improve services for children and young people. You can also find their latest newsletter here.

PARENTLINK

The Parentlink website is for parents and carers in East Sussex who have children with additional needs. It is produced by Information for Families. The website provides help and information and keeps you up to date with opportunities.