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)

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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

Episode 10: A Recovery Curriculum Part 10 – Cabot Learning Federation

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This episode is rich in thinking and action from Senior Leadership representatives for the Cabot Learning Federation, a Multi Academy Trust comprising more than 20 schools serving children and young people aged 3-19 in the South West of England.
We hear from Sally Apps, Susie Weaver, Helen Angell, Carina Smith and Charlotte Black.

They share with us a rich, thorough and compelling presentation which outlines the trust’s deeply-considered response and approach to recovery. And they frame this within the broader context of the trust’s values, curriculum aims and some of the trust’s strategic approaches and systems. It’s a very thorough session full of practical advice.

Their starting point in considering a Recovery Curriculum for Trust schools is ‘through the eyes of child’. This child-centred focus informs their strategic and operational plans, and what unfurls is a rich resource of thoughtfully joined up approaches for students, families and colleagues.

With talk of subject-based therapeutic input and curriculum curation, this episode is full of practical advice, intellectual challenge, and fundamental humanity.

What they successfully design is a joyful curriculum, based on ‘heart values’, that binds together a community of practice with their eyes firmly focussed on the child.

The title and theme of the presentation is:
“Cabot Learning Federation… Our Route to Recovery”

Full post, click here or available via the below link:

https://www.evidenceforlearning.net/learningshared/recoverycurriculum10-clf/

Episode 9: A Recovery Curriculum Part 9 – Amanda Mordey OBE (SMILE – A Well Being Approach)


 
Three years ago, Forest Oak school, of which Amanda is Executive Principal (alongside Merstone School,) developed SMILE, an ethos based approach to promoting positive mental health and well being for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The approach took the NHS 5 Ways to Well Being, and adapted them into child speak, augmenting the key messages with pictures, drawn by a student. The approach was holistic and included all staff members as well as pupils.

Building on the positive outcomes for Forest Oak school, Amanda commissioned a 2 year evidence based trial of SMILE across 10 Primary and Special Schools. Each participating school has found a significant shift in the culture of the school, and that SMILE has enabled them to put the well being of the whole school community at its heart.

We are delighted that Amanda has chosen to launch SMILE for wider use in Education, through the Recovery Curriculum website (see below), as a constructive contribution to the response schools are making to the pandemic.
“There has never been a more crucial time to support our schools and equip our teachers, to build emotional resilience in our children & young people.
The mental health of our children is eroding before our eyes…we need to bring back their SMILE. These are perfect resources for implementing a Recovery Curriculum .”

Professor Barry Carpenter, CBE, PhD.
Professor of Mental Health in Education, Oxford Brookes University. (January 2020)
The title and theme of Amanda’s presentation is:
SMILE: A Well Being Approach… A Route to Recovery

Full post, click here or available via the below link:

https://www.evidenceforlearning.net/learningshared/recoverycurriculum9-amanda-mordey/