Support for Parents and Students during School Closure

We are aware that these unprecedented and unpredictable times may cause undue stress and anxiety for some of our students. They may be struggling with the lack of structure, isolation from friends/activities, and managing their learning at home etc. We would like to suggest some possible websites/resources for parents to access that may be of some help/support to them.

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact lindafurlong@wwetb.ie

Resources

Resources/Worksheets/Activities
Twinkl: worksheets and resources for parents to do with students at home
Scoilnet.ie resources for JC/LC and L2LP
Borrowbox Library App - this is on 1st, 2nd and 3rd Year iPads
Covid - 19 Time Capsule Activity - Download here

Click the blue button to access Ms Foleys ASD Class Padlet - Supports and Resources for parents during school closure

TED Talk - How to cope with Anxiety

Some other useful suggestions for students might be to do the following:
  • Use a daily/visual planner to create a structure for them for the day.
  • Routine is still important - perhaps try to follow their timetable where possible.
  • Encourage them to engage in some physical activity. There are lots available on-line. The Body Coach has a YouTube channel where there are lots of fun and simple exercises for the whole family to do.

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  • Encourage students to engage in life skills such as baking, cooking and cleaning. Make it fun.
  • Break things down into small manageable tasks.
  • Engage in some mindfulness/yoga/deep breathing to help with feeling anxious or overwhelmed.
  • Encourage them to learn something new when they have the time - for example how to play cards or type or crochet or knit.

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  • Keeping a diary might be helpful. It will allow them to get their thoughts/worries down on paper.
  • Listen to music
  • Play board games
  • Research Family History/Family Tree
  • Talk about the future

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  • Create a bucket list of the things that everyone in the family would like to do when this crisis is over
  • Complete a project on a topic/person/country of their choice
  • Make a family video - iMovie is very good.
  • Research different careers that are of interest

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  • Engage in a hobby of their interest - let them teach you how to play a video game etc
  • Make a comic strip
  • Create a newspaper about current events

Transition from Post-Primary Education

Transition planning is important to prepare students for further education settings. For students with more enduring needs, it is essential to engage in this planning process well in advance of transfer. This will usually involve consultation with the student, their parents and relevant external professionals. The below link is useful information from NCSE.

NCSE Transition from Post-Primary Information