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Life Skills & Independence

While at home, supporting your child in being able to communicate their needs is key. However, while they are spending more time at home, now is the time to teach them skills that could support them through to adulthood (where it is safe to do so):

 

Examples:

 

Making a sandwich

Cleaning up after dinner

Making their bed

Tidying their room

Reading a sibling a bedtime story

Crossing the road safely (if you are leaving the house for daily exercise)

Using the toilet

Washing their hands independently

Using the shower / bath independently

Changing their clothes (with specific things they might find hard such as tying shoelaces)

Engaging in reciprocal dialogue (e.i. when someone askes them a question, they ask a question back)

Introducing themselves to a family friend (once the government has advised us we can socialise).

 

Have a go at some of these activities:

 

Below there are some home activity suggestions as well as a guide from the Department for Education as to activities children commonly undertake by each year at school. They are not essential, but they do give children a wide experience of things across their Primary Lives. These experiences are equally important for children with SEN. Go through this and see if there are any you'd like to do with your child (that are safe and allowed with current guidelines). Start at Reception as there may be one or two there that you might find fun that you have never tried!

 

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