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Peter Gladwin Primary School

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Health and Wellbeing


This week is Autism Awareness Week. If we had been in school we would have taken the opportunity to celebrate all types of neurodiversity. In the meantime families may find this website and podcast useful...ACAMH

Here are some wellbeing activities you might like to try.....

Daily Wellbeing Activities                    5 Ways to Wellbeing

Some of your children may have taken part in Lego Therapy before.

This is a fantastic intervention which encourages speaking and listening skills. Click here for instructions and resources.

You might find these timetables useful to help create routine and structure at home.

Some of the resources even include helping around the house tasks! It would be great to hear how that is going!

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We often use First/Next/Then boards in school to help children know what's coming next and to remain "in the green". 

When we're in school we tend to follow a cycle of:

First: a calming and focusing/regulating activity, Next: a learning activity, Then: a relaxing activity/down time.

You might find it works best if children can help plan the order that things are happening in.

Chatter mats can be a great way to help families feel connected if children struggle with the social aspects of meal times.

A really great child friendly story book resource to help children understand what's going on and hopefully put their minds at rest.

Dave the Dog

Useful websites for talking to your children about Coronavirus and also for helping to manage everyone's stress and anxiety.

Information from the World Health Organisation on helping your children cope with stress at this difficult time.

These social stories for explaining Coronavirus, social distancing and hand washing may be useful...particularly if your child has a diagnosis of Autism, or has any learning or language needs. 

New one on washing hands added.

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During school closure the Wellbeing phone consultation line will be available on a daily basis for support or advice.

Please contact via email or phone, details on flyer below. Leave your name and phone number, someone will respond as soon as possible. 

Reading/Therapy Dogs

Peter Gladwin school was featured in the June issue of Sussex Life magazine. The article, which is featured in full below, was about our love of reading at PGS and about our very special Reading/Therapy dogs, who visit us weekly to support many of our children’s enjoyment of reading. Charlotte Barnes, Taboo’s owner and handler, has been coming to Peter Gladwin for a number of years and has helped many of our children learn to read with confidence

Leon and Archie were great ambassadors for our school. They were both interviewed by Jenny Mark-Bell, the magazine’s editor. Both boys explained how they enjoyed reading to Taboo and how reading to him takes away many of the stresses of reading to an adult. (Leon pointed out Taboo just listens and doesn’t interrupt.) They both told Jenny about how their reading had improved and about their favourite books.