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Cognition & Learning (SEN Early Years Resources)

This webpage has been created to give Early Years Practitioners and Parents/Carers easy access to relevant information and resources to support young children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

It is part of a series of SEN Early Years Resources

Early Education offer a number of free downloadable resources their website for anyone interested in the early years, from parent to practitioner.

The Family and Childcare Trust Materials can now be found on the Coram Family and childcare website.

The Coram Family and Childcare website offers downloadable resources written by the Family Childcare Trust for both parents and professionals.

Please also see the following document added in the downloads section on the right-hand side of this webpage.

'Teaching Play': helping children with autism learn to play

Learn how you can help children with autism develop their play skills. Kay talks us through a step-by-step approach, based on Vygotsky's 'zone of proximal development'. This article originally appeared in the nasen magazine 'Special' in March 2016.

Attention Autism

Attention Autism is a 4 stage step-by-step series of practical attention development activities that enables parents and professionals to get children to engage with them, so they can introduce them to new experiences and progress their learning. Please click on the title above for an overview and the titles below for explanations of each stage or find them in the downloads section on the right hand side of this page.

Stage 1 - A bucket full of surprises     

Stage 2 - The attention builder  

Stage 3 - Shifting attention and turn-taking

Stage 4 - Attention control and transitions

A child learning: the characteristics of effective early years learning

This checklist is useful in the observation of children’s play skills. Please see the document in the downloads section on the right-hand side of this webpage

Scottish Autism

Scottish Autism has been involved in developing the play of many pre-schoolers with autism. Their website provides information on the recognised stages of play, in the order that they usually occur in typical development and the stages of social play. It also provides some key strategies to think about if you are trying to develop a child’s play.

Identiplay - a parallel play model

Teaching Play to Children with Social Communication and Interaction difficulties. Identiplay intervention helps children on the autistic spectrum, and those with specific communication disorders, learn to play using a parallel copy and play model with set play scripts. Please click on the title above for an overview with attached examples or find them in the downloads section on the right hand side of this page.

Top Tips for Attention Autism - Stages 1&2 (booklet)

Please click on the image below or in the download section on the right hand side of this webpage to view printable booklet created the Torbay Early Years Advisory Teacher (EYAT) for Inclusion.

Learning 4 kids

The Learning 4 kids website is great for play ideas for young children aged 0-4+ years.  Different types of play is listened in alphabetical order.

Early Years Play Activity Sheets

This set of simple activity sheets was created by the Torbay Early Years Advisory Teacher for Inclusion using a variety of sources. Please see the following documents in the downloads section on the right-hand side of this webpage:

Scope Resources for inclusive play

Sense

Sense is a national charity that supports people who are deafblind, have sensory impairments or complex needs, to enjoy more independent lives.

Sense Play Toolkits

This webpage provides Making Play inclucive materials and videos for both play settings and parents.

Making play inclusive (A toolkit for play settings)

Building blocks of reading

A downloadable version of this can be found on the downloads section on the right hand side of this webpage.

Building blocks of writing

A downloadable version of this can be found on the downloads section on the right hand side of this webpage.