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Getting ready for going back to school

Children across the UK are being prepared for going back to school. This time is not without parental angst about how to manage and what will help – classrooms will be different, social distancing may change break time play and in class group work, friends may not return at the same time and some special teachers and TA’s may still be away.

Read more here from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health:

https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/resources/covid-19-talking-children-families-about-returning-school-guiding-principles

Over the next week we will be bringing you resources and ideas to help make this change easier. You can find more ideas on our fb group.

Social distancing poster

available from

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/social-distancing-poster-t-p-804

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Find a Therapist Online Register

We are very very excited to announce the launch of CLASI’s new online directory of therapists on their website at https://www.cl-asi.org/directory.

The directory features all participants who have completed the CLASI Certificate in ASI program.  Participants will have the ability to customise their online profile with their location, profession, social media links, and a profile picture.

The directory includes a map feature that is a fun visualisation of where in the world, CLASI trained therapists live and will allow website visitors to search for therapists near them. The directory allows website visitors to connect with therapists in their area safely without sharing any personal contact information such as email addresses.

Site visitors can select to connect with therapists listed on the directory, and the directory system will send a secure message directly to the therapist, asking if they would like to respond to the inquiry or not.

CLASI will email everyone who has completed the CLASI CASI with instructions on how to edit their online profile. CLASI will add new individuals to the database on an ongoing basis as original CLASI CASI certificates are awarded.

We hope you will find this directory useful, we are especially excited about the map. It’s so exciting to see CLASI therapists all over the world.

Please let CLASI know if you have any questions.

CLASI has created a resource to help individuals with the process. If you have completed M6, you will find this information on the M6 Learning Space and in the Intervention Tutor Group What’s App.

If you have completed your SI Education with another provider, you may be able to APEL your training, which for most UK and Ireland therapists typically means achieving M5 Online – Fidelity Rating. You can find out more here.

 

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Being wise, being compassionate and acting with grace.

This is doing the rounds on some school groups what app groups. Thanks to one of our OT members, Claire for sharing.

If you are sending your kids back to school when they open… that’s great. They will be safe and happy with their friends and teachers and yes it will be a different experience but it will be so good for them. Learning in a classroom, socialisation, playing games and interacting, having the care and support of teachers. It’s wonderful if you’re sending your children back to school.

If you’re not sending your children back to school …. how amazing is that! Keeping your children at home with you so you can protect them and do your very best in teaching them, making more memories and playing games at home. You’re doing a great job!!

If you send your children to school as you’re a keyworker…. high five! You have kept this country going and that should be applauded  – your children have been safe and cared for at school and they have adapted so well. You’re incredible!!! Well done!!

Any other opinions are not likely to be valid.

It is not anyone’s concern what anyone else is doing regarding their own children’s schooling at this time.

Yes, by all means, shout about what you’re doing if you feel the need but stop making others feel bad with unnecessary comments

Be smarter & be supportive.

We are all doing the best we can and everyone has a completely different situation and circumstances.

Just think about the possible home life, work commitments and situations others may find themselves in or better still, don’t.

Do not judge someone else’s choices when you don’t know what choices they had to choose from.