Special Education Needs & Disabilities
Maidensbridge is a fully inclusive primary school that aims to support and welcome each individual as a valued part of our community. We aspire for every child to achieve their true potential and be prepared for the next stage in their educational leading towards adulthood through the provision of a broad and balanced curriculum that is tailored to and nurtures their own unique needs.
At Maidensbridge, we recognise that children learn at different rates and that many factors may affect their achievement and readiness to learn. We understand that many children, at some time in their school career, may experience barriers to learning, and we recognise that these maybe long or short term.
As a school, we aim to identify barriers to learning as early as possible and provide targeted interventions and support to meet individual needs.
If you are worried about your child’s learning needs, please make an appointment via the school office with our SENDCO, who will be happy to discuss any concerns that you may have.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-Ordinator (SENDCO)
Mrs S Mason is our SENDCO.
Mrs Mason can be contacted via the school office on 01384 818405 or email@example.com
Dudley Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) provides a range of free, confidential and impartial support for parents/ carers, children and young people on all matters relating to SEND.
Dudley SENDIASS Helpline: 01384 817373
Dudley SENDIASS Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dudley Local Offers provides information to parents and carers of children and young people with SEND, ages 0-25, to help them to understand what services and support, they and their families can expect from a range of local agencies within the local authority.
Dudley Local Offer - https://www.dudley.gov.uk/resident/localoffer/
SEND Useful Links
The National Autistic Society - The main UK charity for supporting people with ASD and their families contains lots of useful advice and resources.
Communication Trust - The Communication Trust is a coalition of over 50 non-profit making organisations working together to support the speech, language and communication of children and young people. The website provides advice and a range of advice for everyone who works with children and young people.
Makaton - Makaton is a unique language programme that uses symbols, signs and speech to enable people to communicate. The Makaton charity website provides a range of advice and resources for children and their families.
Widgit - Symbolled resources for different topics are areas of life, including resources for fire safety and about visiting the doctors and dentists.
Specific Learning Difficulties
The Dyscalculia Organisation - Dyscalculia is a specific learning with mathematics which primarily affects arithmetic.
The British Dyslexia Association - The British Dyslexia Association is the voice of dyslexic people. Their vision is to promote a dyslexia friendly society that enables dyslexic people to reach their potential. The website provides information and advice on Dyslexia. Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty which primarily affects reading and writing skills, and other areas such as organisational skills.
Dyspraxia Foundation - Provides information and advice of local support groups for families with children with the dyspraxia.
The National Deaf Children's Society - The only UK charity solely dedicated to providing support, information and advice for deaf children and young people, their families and professionals working with them.
Hypermobility Syndrome Association - Provides support, practical advice and self-management tools to support children, young people and their families with hypermobility.
Sensory Processing Disorder - Provides advice and strategies to support children and young people with SPD.
Royal National Institute of Blind People - There are around two million people in the UK with sight problems. The pioneering work of the RNIB helps not just with braille, talking books and computer training, but with imaginative and practical solutions to everyday challenges.
Understood - Working memory refers to how we hold on to and work with information stored in short-term memory. We all use our working memory to learn and follow instructions. Understood provides 8 working memory boosters. TAB useful websites, games and apps.
Mental Health Foundation - Provides information on a range of mental health needs including anxiety, depression and ADHD.
Young Minds - Young Minds is the UK's leading charity supporting children's and young people's mental health. The website provides a range of advice and resources for children and their families.
Brain Parade - A visual instruction app, including flashcards and picture selection games. An Apple device is required.
Following Directions App - An app that supports children to develop their memory, motor and auditory processing abilities through 4 simple activities.
Cognitive and Learning
Dyslexia Quest App - A games-based app that focuses on working memory, phonological awareness, processing speed, visual memory, auditory memory and sequencing skills.
HelpKidzLearn - A collection of app-based games and resources for a range of educational needs and subjects.
Signed Stories - App for Apple devices that provides children with hearing impairments with access to hundreds of picture books, narrated in British Sign Language.
Social, Emotional and Mental Health
Touch and Learn Emotions - An app that is designed to help children interpret body language and facial expressions and understand other people's feelings. It is suitable for all children, but particularly those who have difficulty reading emotions.
Physical and Sensory
Dexteria Jr - A great app that supports the development of fine motor control skills that are not just essential for handwriting bit also for doing up buttons, zips and shoelaces. The app is compatible with Apple devices.
Super Stretch Yoga App - Free app for children over the age of 4 to develop core strength through a series of exercises and relaxation techniques. The app is available for Apple and Android devices.