On this page you will find some useful links to advice and support for both you and your children during any period of school closure.
Attention Autism is an intervention model designed by Gina Davies, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist. It aims to develop natural and spontaneous communication through the use of visually based and highly motivating activities. Gina’s primary objective is that the sessions are fun and “offer an irresistible invitation to learn”!
Aims of Attention Autism
Stages of Attention Autism
The Attention Autism programme progresses through a series of stages, building on each skill level. Each new stage is introduced when the group is ready to expand attention skills.
A bucket is filled with visually engaging objects and toys, aiming to gain the shared attention of the group. The adult leader shows each item to the group and uses simple repetitive vocabulary to comment on the various objects.
Visually stimulating activities are shown to the group by the adult leader, aiming to sustain attention for a longer period. The activities are fun, visually engaging and can often involve delightful mess!
The adult leader demonstrates a simple activity, often modelled with another adult in the group. Some children are then invited to have a turn but only if they are comfortable to do so. Not every child in the group will get a turn, which then teaches important emotional regulation skills, as well as the essential skills of waiting, turn-taking and learning through modelling.
During any period of school closure, will upload a link to watch stage 1 and 2 on Youtube on a weekly basis. Then if you have the resources at home, you and your child/children can take part in stage 3 together. Please email any photos you take of your child taking part.
Story massage is a programme designed to support children with Autism, but can also benefit all children in a range of different ways, including relaxation, touch tolerance, emotional regulation, increased concentration, improved readiness to learn better sleep and social connection.
During these challenging times, children need to feel secure and many children will be suffering from anxiety.
Below is the first Powerpoint which explains all the different massage strokes needed for the stories. Practice these with your children and remember they can always practise back on you. Story Massage is performed on a person’s back, this can be siblings, parents or other family members, however it is important to remember to always ask if the person wants a massage before taking part.
We shall upload new Powerpoints each week with different stories for you to follow at home. These can be done on a daily basis as a break between home learning tasks or as relaxation before bed.
Useful sites for safeguarding and how to keep children safe
You tube: https://youtu.be/NwSD4pY-Cok
Berkshire West Safeguarding Children Partnership website Links below:
We understand that it may be very difficult for children to understand what has happened and the change from school to home learning. Please see the link below to a social story you can use with your children at home.
Here is a useful link to parents of children with SEND, particularly parents of children with Autism on how to support their children during this period.
Here is a link to some useful home learning activities sent to us by Reading Borough Council