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Mindfulness and movement parent and toddler session

By Mrs Toll, in SEND SUPPORT - Wednesday, 5 October 2022

Come and enjoy this free class based around meditation and yoga that is fun for you and your toddler! 

Practise strategies your children are using in school and enjoy the fun and relaxing session with your little one. 

No experience necessary, just wear comfy clothing and bring your toddler if you have one.

 

When: Thursday 20th October 2022 9:20-9:50

Where: Fairlands Lower building hall 

 

Spaces are first come first served and a letter is being sent out this week with how to confirm your place.

 

 

Hope to see you there

Mrs Toll

Fantastic opportunity with Add-Vance!

By Mrs Jeffries, in SEND SUPPORT - Tuesday, 4 October 2022

We have just heard about a fantastic opportunity! Add-Vance are holding an online introductory workshop for parents and carers of children with a diagnosis (or suspected diagnosis) of ADHD or Autism. This introductory workshop is taking place on Thursday 6th October from 7pm until 830pm. It is free to join and its aims are: 

  • To understand the link between emotions and behaviour 
  • To identify strategies to support emotional regulation 
  • To know where to get more help. 

This sounds like a great way to find out more and support your child at home when they are overwhelmed and dysregulated. 

 

Book your free place by clicking on the following link https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/microsites/local-offer/courses-and-activities-in-hertfordshire/things-to-do/find-courses-and-things-to-do-new/d18936ec-bf03-4ca3-bdca-99c119f28fae 

Free online course!

By Mrs Jeffries, in SEND SUPPORT - Monday, 3 October 2022

Family Lives is a group which provides interventions and support for families on a range of topics. They have a course called, 'Bringing up confident children for parents of children with ADHD/ASD' which they are running as a 6-week online programme. Are you worried about your child or would you like ideas on how best to support them? Then why not join their online group and get support to help your child feel more confident and happier? The online groups are for six weeks and delivered via Microsoft Teams. 
 
There are 2 options available:
Tues 8th November to 13th December 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Wednesday 9th November to 14th December, 9.30am – 11.30am
For more information email services@familylives.org or call Louise on 0204 522 8700 or 0204 522 8701
 
If you have any questions about this or are unable to book on, please feel free to contact me and I will see what we can do to help. Have a great week!
 

Angels - Autism and ADHD support

By Mrs Jeffries, in SEND SUPPORT - Sunday, 25 September 2022

Are you the parent/career of a child who is on the Autistic Spectrum, or who has ADHD, or they are being assessed for either condition? If so, then Angels will be a great support for you and your family.

 

Angels is a local charity and offers support, professional advice, resources, holiday club information, training and meetings both face-to-face and via Zoom. All you need to do is be a member by completing an application form on their website. Membership is free of charge but they do ask members to make a £1 donation at support group sessions if they are able.

By sharing ideas and experiences with other parents you are supporting your child and your family while helping others at the same time. Their website is full of useful information and definitely worth a visit.

Each term, they publish a full programme of meetings which involve specific themes and guest speakers alongside parent support groups. This term’s programme is attached but remember that you need to sign up for a free membership first. If you have any difficulty signing up for a membership, feel free to stop by the school office and we can help you complete the online form.

https://angelssupportgroup.org.uk/

Mindfulness at Fairlands

By Mrs Toll, in SEND SUPPORT - Friday, 23 September 2022

We are working together to make Fairlands a ‘mindful’ school. We know that in order to learn and grow we need a calm and safe environment so we are creating habits that will build our independence and help us focus on our learning. 

Every class has their own 'Calm corner' or area for pupils to access when they feel they need time to reflect or regulate how they are feeling.  Teachers will be focusing on developing emotional literacy so pupils can understand and express how they feel.

All pupils are learning mindful tools that they can access at any time, in school and at home! These tools include mindful breathing, ‘tapping’ and using positive affirmations.  

Why not ask your child if they can show you how we ‘tap’.   

We want to turn these new strategies into lifelong habits, so we are encouraging pupils to use them at home as well. Perhaps at bedtime or when they first wake up. These tools can help pupils to regulate their nervous system and help to ease some anxiety or just positively impact their mood!  

We will be sharing more of our tips and tools along the way.  

Mindfulness is for everyone so why not ask your child to show you how your family can be mindful too?

If you have any queries on concerns regarding your pupils well-being do get in touch.

Mrs Toll and Miss Pollen

 

Welcome back!

By Mrs Jeffries, in SEND SUPPORT - Saturday, 10 September 2022

Welcome to the new school year! I hope you have all had a successful week back and getting back into a routine was not too tricky. I'm sure most of your children were exhausted by the end of Friday - us adults at school most certainly were!

I have taken on a new role of Assistant Head - SENDCo this year and am really looking forward to working with many of you to support your children as they journey through our fantastic school. Attached is a screenshot of a slide some of you may remember from the 'New To' presentations at the end of last year. It contains brief information about SEND at Fairlands. This year, we will be blogging on a wide variety of SEND topics and using it to signpost you to support groups and websites.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.