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10 real stories: SEND during lockdown

10 real stories: SEND during lockdown

Life on lockdown has no doubt been a different experience for many.  For some the spread of COVID19 has been tragic.  Across the country we’ve all been doing our part to support the nation, including SEND families, many of whom experience it differently, like so many other things in our lives.

How the BritMums SEND community is coping with lockdown

Riding on a Star talks through her hard decisions around the lockdown when caring for a complex child. They decided early on to go into isolation and this has meant saying no to respite care and support. Life feels like a treadmill, she says.  

It’s ‘Lockdown Groundhog day’ according to The Additional Needs Blogfather. His post highlights how they are coping with some great resources for planning including some from ReachoutASC.

Sensational Learning with Penguin offers support. Her post shares her thoughts on how parents shouldn’t feel any pressure to mimic school or set up super ambitious schedules for learning at home during these times of school closures, social distancing, and isolation.

Having a child with additional needs can mean focuses on other things are more important than just their academics. Something Ordinary Hopes understands as she tells us it’s OK to spend most of today chilling and playing Minecraft with her son.

And even if we are managing to get some ‘schooling’ done, it’s not always easy. As MS Parent Advocate shows, it’s not so simple to get our kids to do work.  You might have seen one child rocking in their chair, pleading with the other to be quiet and let them work or having them running in and out of the workspace in full meltdown, because they can’t have a screen until they’ve finished.

The Passable Parent has also been struggling and not managing to get a routine into place.  Her microblog post shares with us a message of support. It’s OK, one day out of forty without a meltdown, is still one day. Our community is one of the best for emotional support.

Some of us have managed to share some resources, or support to help our fellow SEND parents practically. Stephs Two Girls has shared her top tips if you or your child ends up needing to go into hospital. This can be a scary time for any child, but extra challenging for many of us. 

The Autism Page provides a plethora of ideas for supporting an autistic  child during lockdown with ideas from messy play to Lego therapy (which we’ve been doing a bit of).

Of course, many kids, with and without additional needs or SEND will have struggled with the transition to home learning.  Parents have been forced to take on multiple roles.  Ones. Which according to It’s a Tink Thing, are all too familiar. Most people are in fact now just experiencing something similar to her family’s regular life where she juggles multiple roles, anxiety, feeling like their freedom is restricted and wondering if things will ever be back to ‘normal’ again.  ‘Welcome to our normal’, she says.

This is a time with many (more) unknowns and things we can’t control (when so many of us need to be in as much control as possible).  We can’t control when the kids will go back to school, and we can only minimise the risk of coronavirus. My last share this roundup is one of my own.  It’s about what to do with the worries we can’t do anything about, and how to put them aside for a while to concentrate on other things.  

Whatever your normal currently is, I hope you are OK and we will catch up soon.

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About Ann .

"Rainbows are too beautiful," said Anthony. "I just can't look at them." Ann says her son's statement characterizes so much about how her autistic and neurotypical family interacts and interprets the world in their own wonderful way. Originally a PR and marketing professional for the third sector, Ann now does some lecturing in this topic but spends most of her time being a full time mum and sharing her experiences through her award nominated blog. Ann’s three kids attend different schools and have multiple diagnoses including Autism, ADHD, anxiety and more. Ann is a Trustee on a local disabled children’s charity and speaks at SEND conferences and consultations.