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Correspondence regarding Covid-19

The School remains closed until further notice

updated on the 23rd March 2020

An update from the JT Team.

Our main focus this week is doing whatever we can to support the pupils who have the most complex health and care needs, in conjunction with the Local Authority. This may involve asking available staff to step outside their usual roles, if necessary. We would always go the extra mile for our pupils and will help in any way we can. Your son/daughter's class teacher will be contacting you frequently to check in and see if there is anything you need. If we can help we will and can signpost where needed. The advice remains that the safest place for anyone is at home.
We continue to work closely with the Local Authority and have already given a list of staff names to start this process off. We know the pupils attending the Steven Wiltshire Centre will appreciate a familiar face!
For our families on free school meals we will be in touch soon to let you know how you can receive additional support for meal provision.
Please do use the school contacts in your family packs to get in touch for any reason at all.
Please look after your loved ones and stay safe. Thinking of you all

The Senior Leadership Team

coronavirus information

colourful handsArt & Sensory Play Ideas

Here are some Recipes & ideas to engage learners in sensory play

Art and Sensory Play Ideas Hand Out
Marbling with Shaving Foam

The Sensory Projects 

The Sensory ProjectThe Sensory Projects have provided a number of links to resources that may be of use they can be accessed from here

The Sensory Project activities for home

Twinkl free access code


Twinkl are proving free access to their online resources for parents to use at home. Use the code above to create a new account from the link below


P.E. With Joe: Live workouts for Kids

codeJoe Wicks is hosting a free workout aimed at kids 'LIVE' on this YouTube channel monday to Friday at 9am.
You can subscribe to his channel from the link below

Daily LIVE work out for Kids More Info
Daily LIVE work out for Kids YouTube channel

BLINK Dance Free Basic Guide

blinklogoBLINK Dance have created a free basic guide for parents and carers who may want to do some dance activities with their children from home, please find attached. They hope to follow these with some free tutorials and exercises on their youtube channel in the hope that this might be able to provide a small buffer at this challenging time.

BLINK Dance Hand Out

Speech and Language Therapy

The Speech and Language Therapy team at Jack Tizard School endeavours to develop and support your child so they can express themselves and understand the world around them. There are many ways to communicate and with the support of school staff we will find out which way is best for your child.

Examples of various methods of communication include:

  • Spoken speech
  • Signs, like Makaton (see www.makaton.org for more information)
  • Picture exchange communication systems/PECS
  • Objects of reference, for example using a spoon to indicate lunchtime
  • Symbol and word based communication books, boards and voice output communication aids

We also work with your child with any eating and drinking difficulties. We assess your child to ensure that he/she is safe to eat and drink in the school. We identify any risks and support school staff to manage those risks, for example with the use of different food textures and thickened drinks. We work in partnership with the other therapies to support and develop your child’s eating and drinking skills and help them become more independent.
The Speech and Language Therapy service also provides training to the whole school and class teams in areas such as: Communication Passports, Augmentative and Alternative Communication(AAC), language development, eating and drinking to build understanding and increase consistency in use of tools and techniques.

We adapt our work within the school in different ways.
The Speech and Language Therapy team at Jack Tizard will work with your child in one or more of these ways:

  • Working with the whole class, for example demonstrating ways of supporting and developing students’ communication during lessons.
  • Assessing the communication environment and supporting school staff to develop this throughout the school.
  • Individual assessment and input where required around students’ feeding and/or communication skills.
  • Devising individual programmes (a range of activities/strategies that should be carried out with a student on a regular basis).
  • Meeting with parents during coffee mornings.

Within the school we have one full time Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist and one part time Specialist Speech and Language Therapist. In addition, we have a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant who works two days a week supporting the work of the Speech and Language therapists.
Working in partnership with parents, carers, school staff and other therapists (to find out more about the other therapies at the school click here?) underpin every aspect of our support for children at Jack Tizard School in developing communication skills. We work flexibly with the school and can adapt our therapy to meet the needs of every child.

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