Home-schooling toolkit released to support families with autistic children

The north East Autism Society (NEAS) has launched a toolkit to help families with autistic children home school.

The toolkit is part of the Virtual Support Hub that the charity launched at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

It was created by the Family Development Team at the charity. Family Development Manager, Kerrie Highcock, said: “We are always looking to increase the support we provide during this difficult time, and we are acutely aware that many families are having to cope with the added pressure of home-schooling.

“Home-schooling can be difficult for anyone, and it can be more challenging for autistic children, so our aim is to provide additional help that is quickly accessible and easy to use.”

The toolkit is a downloadable booklet and includes “top tips” to keep home-schooling fun, a weekly planner, an evaluation section, to-do list, and links to useful websites offering free educational resources.

The virtual hub also has videos, giving tips from a parents’ perspective, and providing sensory strategies.

“When the pandemic began, no-one knew it would go on for so long, but we’ve tried to keep pace with the ever-changing demands being placed on families, added Kerrie. Hopefully, with the vaccination programme underway, we will soon be back to some kind of normality, but we will still have a wealth of virtual resources that will prove invaluable even after coronavirus is under control.”

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