Supporting children who have special needs during the coronavirus pandemic
One of the biggest impacts on children during the pandemic relates to their schooling. While many schools in the UK are closed, the government is advising that some children with special educational needs and disabilities should still be going to school, and that some specialist SEN schools should remain open.
To find out more on the government’s guidance on who should be at school etc. you can find information here
If you are home schooling a child with SEND, you can find information resources published by the Institute of Education here
Talking to children about coronavirus
Many children are understandably confused and worried about coronavirus. Mencap has put together a very informative guide which should help you when trying to explain coronavirus to your child. It can be seen here
Face coverings and SEND
We are all now aware that face coverings must be worn by most people when using public transport and out shopping.
There is much talk about the wearing of face coverings by those who find wearing a face covering very challenging, for instance because of autism.
The Government has given some examples of when you don’t have to wear a face covering, including:
- If you are younger than 11 years old
- If you can’t put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
- If putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
- If you are travelling with or helping someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
- To avoid harm or injury to yourself or others.
This means that some autistic people who would struggle to wear a face covering or would get unduly distressed with one on, are exempt. The National Autistic Society has guidance on the wearing of face coverings by children with autism and also
produces its “I am autistic card”.
More information on the above can be see here