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Sources of support for parents and children

Solihull Community Education Psychology Service

 

PARENT/CARER TELEPHONE SUPPORT

 

We are continuing our telephone support line for parents. Parents can contact the service on the number below and a 30 minute consultation with an Educational and Child Psychologist will be offered.

 

To schedule a telephone consultation parents should call: 0121 779 1734 

Sources of support for parents and children

 

Being in lockdown with our families has undoubtedly had its ups and downs. It can be pleasurable – being able to take leisurely strolls, enjoy playing board games, completing jigsaws and of course home schooling!!!!  However, for many we suspect, this has been a challenging time due to the confinement to our homes and the lack of opportunities to have time away from each other. This may well have led to conflict, melt downs and upset which feel worse because we have limited places in which we can escape and calm down. With this in mind, we have put together some ideas to support family dynamics which you may find helpful.

 

SMBC

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council have a number of websote that can offer or signpost support on many different issues. Some are linked here:

 

https://www.solihull.gov.uk/news/ArtMID/820/userid/45/ArticleID/3083/Free-school-meals-financial-support-and-foodbanks

 

https://www.solihull.gov.uk/Resident/socialservicesandhealth/Coronavirus/Here2Help

 

https://www.solihull.gov.uk/About-the-Council/Customer-services/walk-in-centres

 

External organisations

Below is a list of suggested books, video clips, websites and courses that may help you during this time. Be assured though that ALL staff will be on hand to help in any way that we can.

Schudio

https://www.schudio.tv/collections

Schudio have a range of courses for Teachers and parents, for example:

Parenting in a Pandemic

Supporting transition from Primary School

Preparing Autistic and SEND children for going back to school

Magination Press Family

https://www.maginationpressfamily.org/mindfulness-kids-teens/fostering-resilience-in-a-time-of-the-coronavirus-tips-for-helping-your-child/

This site has lots of tips for managing behaviour, allaying fears and dealing with anxiety. Their guidance and resources centre on fostering resilience.

The Big Life Journal

https://biglifejournal-uk.co.uk

The Big Life Journal looks at Growth Mindset in children and offers lots of free printable resources to help you to encourage your child to talk and express their feelings. Their activities are fun and the resources are very colourful – I have used them many times in school. The journals, which can be purchased from their online shop, are great and cover a wide age range. They can be used at home to encourage children to examine their feelings and make sense of them.

Books

There are numerous books available to download or buy that may help children understand the current situation. I have detailed a few here. Some of them will help children to understand Social Distancing for their imminent return to school.

Coronavirus: A Book for Children by Kate Wilson

Dave the Dog is worried about Coronavirus - https://nursedottybooks.com/dave-the-dog-is-worried-about-coronavirus-2/

What is Social Distancing: A Children’s Guide and Activity Book

A Little Spot Stays Home

Paula and the Pandemic

 

Useful Apps / Websites

 

Cosmickids.com

Headspace

Stopbreathethink.com

Relaxkids.com

 

This is a hard time for everyone and it’s normal to feel down sometimes. There are many things you can do to support your own and your family’s wellbeing.

 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

A new local NHS mental health support service which offer emotional help, guidance and reassurance to people who may be finding the current situation overwhelming.

The Solihull helplines are: 0-19 yr olds - Mon-Fri (8am-8pm): 0121 301 2750

Weekends/evenings (8pm-8am): 0121 301 5500

11-25 yr olds- Counselling and support 24/7: www.kooth.com Over 18s - 7 days a week (9am-11pm): 0121 262 3555

Key workers - 7 days a week (9am-11pm): 0121 663 1217

 

Young Minds are a fantastic organisation who help Young People in a raft of different situation. They are being particularly supportive during this pandemic and if / when your child returns to school.

 

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/supporting-your-child-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/

 

It goes without saying that all staff are on hand to help in any way we can. Due to Social Distancing rules and for the safety of all children, parents and staff, our school “bubbles” cannot be broken. Your child’s class teacher can be contacted by e-mail via the school office. Please let us know if we can help.

 

We wish you all good health – both physically and mentally – during this time.


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