Social Care in the Pandemic

There is much debate around how the Care sector has handled their response to the coronavirus pandemic.

In this article, Ruth Smith, CEO, Active Care Group, describes the creative and careful approach taken in her organisation , particularly in supporting clients with Acquired Brain Injury, staff, and families.

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Having a Test for Coronavirus: a new wordless story [Books Beyond Words]

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As lockdown measures ease, testing is more important than ever for controlling the spread of coronavirus. We felt, however, that more was needed to support people with learning disabilities and autism to understand what testing involves, how it feels and subsequently to prepare and give informed consent.

Working with Lucy Bergonzi who illustrated Beating the Virus, we’ve published: Having a Test for Coronavirus. The new story illustrates both a drive through testing centre and a home test, so that a person can decide which option is right for them and prepare. We’ve also published a shorter version of the story which shows just the home test option, as well as an A4 picture sheet illustrating just the drive through testing process. On the reverse of the picture sheet there is information for health professionals/ testers on how to make the test accessible.

As with all our coronavirus support resources, these are all completely free to download from our website:

https://booksbeyondwords.co.uk/coping-with-coronavirus/#testing
Please spread the word about these new resources and pass them on to anyone who may find them helpful.

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: preventing collateral damage from COVID-19 – Jonathan Sher

“A spike in fetal alcohol harm could be a potential negative outcome of the COVID-19 lockdown because of alcohol consumption combined with being home-bound, feelings of extraordinary stress or fear, and restricted access to contraception.”

Read more about this , and other related articles, in Lancet Public Health. 2020 (July)
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7363422/

Reflections on Recovery Conference today (15 July)

Launched today!

At the Reflections on Recovery Conference today (www.recoverycurriculum.org) on 15th July, Hinton House Publishing MD, Sarah Miles, launched this latest contribution from the prolific author and Psychologist, Dr Tina Rae.

Professor Barry Carpenter , CBE , ( Professor of Mental Health in Education , Oxford Brooks University) said of this new book:

“This is a timely and invaluable contribution to the work all schools will be undertaking to re- ignite the flame of learning when children return to school . As ever Tina Rae brings her deep and profound understanding of children’s emotional needs to bear on the rich array of strategies , interventions and activities presented in the book.  Modelled on the principles of the Recovery Curriculum this is easy- to- use book, will enable teachers to one more embrace each child as an active, engaged learner. Highly recommended, in fact.. a must!”

 

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Resources to support the DfE lectures given by Professor Barry Carpenter: on 7th and 9th July 2020

The resources relate to mental health, emotional well being, and the new RSHE curriculum. They are suitable for all children and young people, and to those with SEND.

Click the PowerPoint icon below, or here to download and view the related RSHE Resources PowerPoint.

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Department for Education launch the new RSHE Framework

A lecture by Professor Carpenter, ‘ From Relationships to Resilience : Regenerating Children’s Mental Health., can be found at 29.50 on the audio podcast.

The webinar recording is now available on the PSHE SEND Hub:

https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/content/send-hub