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Visual resources to support communication – for those who need a little extra support to engage in conversation

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Here is a resource that you may find useful currently. It’s a pack created by the Brothers of Charity SLT department for working on phone skills.

A useful link to help with Structuring Home Learning. Geraldine.

Here is a useful link for parents of Special Needs children, to help support them during Covid-19.

30th April 2020

Here is a lovely sequencing activity you can try at home.

Sequencing Activity

 Print the sequencing template attached – preferably in yellow

Set of 3 sequencing cards – use the ones in sheet attached or take photos of your child doing different activities for example;
painting, swinging, dressing, buttering a slice of bread etc. Cut them out.


  1. Place the sequencing template on the table. Draw your child’s attention to the three boxes and say “look, this says first, this says
    next and this says last”
  2. To introduce the activity you could say “we’re going to look at 3 pictures now. These pictures tell us a story”
  3. Ask him/her to look at one of the pictures. Say “what is happening in this picture?” or “what is the boy doing in this picture?”
  4. Repeat this for all three cards. NB – do not give the cards to your child in the correct order.
  5. Then, using your yellow sequencing template, ask your child “which picture do you think goes first?”.
  6. If your child places the cards in the correct order, praise them, draw their attention and point to the picture that is first, the
    picture that is next and the picture that is last (modelling). You could say: “This is first, this in next and this is last”.
    Then ask;
    a. “Show me first” (understanding)
    b. “Which one is last” (understanding)
    c. “Show me next” (understanding)
    d. Point to each consecutive card and say “which one is this?” (expression)
  7. Ask your child “what did the woman do first?” if your child does not use the word “first”, remind him/her by saying the word or
    saying the first sound “F”
  8. To complete the exercise, ask your child to tell the story using the words “first, next, last”. Example: “first the woman picked the
    flowers, next she put water in a vase and last she put the flowers into the vase”
  9. If your child has difficulties placing the cards in the correct order, you can help them by placing the cards in the correctly, while
    repeating the words first, next, last. Once the pictures are in the correct order proceed from no. 8.
  10. When your child has mastered 3 part sequencing easily then you can introduce 4 part sequencing by adding an additional next
    box and having more photos of the activity. Continue to increase depending on your child’s ability
Download the template and instructions below

28th April 2020

Useful Vocabulary on gardening.

St Mary’s School
Vocabulary Themes

Stages of Vocabulary Learning
• Stage 1: Pupil identifies the item by pointing to it in response
to “Show me…….”
• Stage 2: Pupils names, signs or uses other forms of AAC to
name the item.
• Stage 3: Uses the word in a phrase e.g. “I like the primrose”
• Stage 4: Identifying the function of an item. The pupil
responds appropriately to the question “Show me something
you can dig with”, “something you can cut the grass with”
• Stage 5: Pupils responds appropriately to the question “what
else can you use to….with”

Use this strip (from Colourful Semantics) as a reference to help the students
learn about the different ‘types’ of word e.g. a who word.
• This strip can also be used to extend the activity by using it as a visual to make
a sentence about the picture e.g. ‘the teacher is pointing to the board in the

Here are some additional resources to support families during the Cocid-19 crisis. Click on the download button to read.

Dear parent,

Please find a social story about the school closure enclosed, and also a calendar for March and April. Please read the social story with your child and talk through the calendars. You can cross the days out on the calendars as things progress.

If things change and the school closure is extended, please cross out the further days that the school will be closed and talk through this change.

Thanks and best wishes from all at Brothers of Charity Southern Services.

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Here is a social story from Supervalu.

Correct Handwashing Technique

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Here is a social story and calendar to help count the days and relieve anxiety.

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