Kidscape Anti-bullying Charity
We have partnered with Kidscape since 2021 working to provide training for their staff and volunteers in understanding autistic children. Increasing numbers of autistic children are contacting them because they are being bullied and we have developed some free resources (with Widgit symbols) to help autistic children communicate what is happening to them, and understand what will happen afterwards.
Along with this we have written a booklet for parents and been involved in trialling a new version of Kidscape’s ZAP programme which is more autism-friendly.
See the resources page here:
Our team use Emotion Works regularly in our work with autistic young people and we can honestly say it is the best resource we have in our toolbox.
Both Lynn and Emma are accredited practitioners and the main Emotion Works trainers in England. This resource is used widely in Scottish Schools and now quite a few in the North West of England as well as across the country. We can offer this training online as well as work with your school to develop great practice across the whole school or in nurture settings.
Sensory Integration Education
We have partnered with Sensory Integration Education to develop some courses about autism and anxiety specifically concentrating on the sensory aspects that help autistic children feel safe and secure. There is a lot of clear information and advice in 3 short courses.
One for parents to support their autistic child at home.
One for teaching staff to help them make adjustments in the school environment, and in teaching and learning. (to come soon)
One for SENCOs and school leaders looking to develop a sensory-friendly school. (to come soon)
The wonderful autism led Spectrum Gaming has produced really good resources and booklets that help us understand the autistic experiences of their young people and what we can do to help. Lynn has contributed to some of their work and to a page on their website. Here’s the page:
Here’s some of their best resources:
DBE is a School Advisory Service in Lancashire. Lynn provides a termly SEND update for the senior leaders briefing meetings every year.
Blackburn Diocese Board of Education – The RE Project
Lynn and Sarah are currently working with a team at BDBE to develop Sensory and Social Stories to go with their RE Syllabus that is used in most Lancashire church schools and some further afield. It is a really user-friendly scheme https://questful-re.org.uk and the SEND resources are already completed for Easter and Christmas. The rest are being written over this school year. Some of these resources are going to be made available for churches too. Once again we thank Widgit for allowing us to use their symbols for these resources.
For free Easter Sensory Stories:
Widgit Communicate in Print
As a team we use Widgit all the time to help support our communication with many of our pupils. Recently some of Lynn’s Social Stories from her book, Stories that Explain were symbolised by Widgit and added to their Autism Pack.
You can buy the Autism Pack here: https://www.widgit.com/resources/home-early-years/autism_support_pack/index.htm
Or download the free symbolised stories on our resources page here: https://reachoutasc.com/resources/downloadable-resources/