The resources below will hopefully be useful to help ease worries about coming to school in September:
- Doodle your worries away
- My worry monster
- Returning to school poster
- Returning to school social story
- School ready checklist 1
- School ready checklist 2
- Self esteem 2
- Self-esteem 1
- Transition map
- Small Rainbow and Cloud Cut-Outs
- Worry cloud Posters
- Worry Cloud Transition Activity Sheet
- Worry Cloud Transition Activity
** New information:
BESTIE is an interactive app developed by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust and designed by local young people, CAMHS clinicians and IT experts – has recently been launched by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust CAMHS.
BESTIE is freely available and can be found by searching for ‘Worcestershire BESTIE’ on Apple and Android phones or tablets. A web-based version is available at http://www.camhsbestie.co.uk
On joining BESTIE, young people, parents and professionals are able to easily access information about local mental health services (including virtual reality tours of Worcestershire CAMHS bases), signposting to local and national services and charities, as well as useful self-help information.
This information is age-rated (so that young people only see information which is appropriate for their age) and favourite self-help information can be saved in a ‘personal space’ on the app, so that it is immediately to hand.
For young people who are seen in CAMHS, additional features will soon be unlocked, including the ability to track their goals, mood and emotion. BESTIE was awarded ‘MidTech Best NHS developed innovation’ at the Meridian Celebration of Innovation Awards.
For more information about BESTIE, please see http://www.camhsbestie.co.uk
Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust have produced a leaflet with information to help direct families, children and young people to services available to support them during this time. Alongside all the services provided by the Trust the leaflet provides a helpful update on some changes that have happened to services recently.
Is your child wondering about what school will be like after lockdown? Well, so did Tiny the Ant. Read this wonderful story written and illustrated by our very own Mrs Thornton. Tiny Ant in Lockdown Liftedv2
Worcestershire SEN team have shared five fact-sheets for parents and practitioners with the aim of providing information by using trauma awareness about children’s and adult’s emotional behaviour. This have been produced by a grouped call Rockpool https://rockpool.life/ with a focus on Supporting Parents and Children Emotionally (SPACE) Please click below to access each fact-sheet-
- Factsheet 1-being safe
- Factsheet 2-keeping connected
- Factsheet 3-understanding resilience
- Factsheet 4- nurturing-environment
- Factsheet 5- healthy-relationships
Worcestershire NHS trust have produced a letter to share information of services that can help parents of SEN children during this tricky time: Support for parents of SEN children May 2020
This is a lovely picture book to encourage discussion about worries and how to help with them:
Please find below two basic stories which are about school starting soon:
Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust have produced a leaflet with information to help direct families, children and young people to services available to support them during this time. Alongside all the services
provided by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust the leaflet provides a helpful update on
some changes that have happened to services recently.You can access the Wellbeing Support Guide for Families, Children and Young People leaflet on their website: https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/homepage/567/coronavirus_covid-19_advice_for_parents_and_carers
These new resources might be helpful when talking to children who are moving schools. We are in contact with the Middle Schools and they are working hard to plan transition work in preparation for September but these activities may also be helpful-
- School photos– This PowerPoint contains a few pictures of different areas and rooms at school. They might be useful to talk, just to see what the children can remember if we start to return back to school.
- Coronavirus social situation story – This story can be edited to explain more about Coronavirus for children.
- Covid-19-what-are-your-worries-and-how-can-you-cope. – This sheet looks at understanding our worries and how to cope with them, hopefully a good discussion point.
- Feelings activities- Feelings can be tricky to understand. This is a simple sheet which might help children to think about their feelings and start a conversation at home.
- Happy sad and angry sorting activity– These picture cards may be useful to sort to help children to start to talk about these three main emotions.
- https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-s-1056-how-do-you-feel-today-emotions-chart Using pictures is a great way to think about our feelings if we can’t quite think of the word.
- I can calm myself prompt cards- 4 simple techniques to help us calm down.
- Making-negative-thoughts-into-positive-thoughts-activity-sheet – Sometimes it is useful to try to change our negative thoughts into more positive ones, this sheet might help to do that.
- Mindful-minute-brainbreak-cards- It can be nice to just take a minute and breath- here are 8 simple breathing activities.
- Reducing_Anxiety– A few bullet points to help us think about reducing anxiety
- Talk-about-coronavirus-family-discussion-and-activity-cards- It can be really good to talk, these prompt cards might help that when at home.
- working towards board– Everyone needs a goal and maybe even a reward, this board might help that.