Every child deserves an equal chance to thrive, regardless of their unique learning needs. That’s one of our core beliefs at Explore Learning, and why we go the extra mile to support SEN (special educational needs) students. 

If you’re looking for practical tips on supporting your child with SEN as they learn and grow, we’re here to support you. Let’s take a look at some learning resources and guidance on supporting children with SEN.

Understanding SEN in children

SEN covers a diverse range of learning difficulties, from dyslexia to ADHD and autism. As a parent, or as an educator, it’s important to recognise these needs and address them effectively.

As a parent, if you’re worried that your child may have SEN it’s a good idea to start by talking to their nursery or school. From there have a conversation with your GP or health visitor where you’ll be able to discuss your next steps.

We’re here to help when it comes to learning about SEN and how this may impact your child’s learning. That’s why we’ve put together a guide to special educational needs with more information on SEN learning and support.

Ways to help children with SEN in their learning

A child with SEN needs understanding, patience and a tailored approach when it comes to their learning. 

Parents and educators should explore practical strategies that cater to the unique learning requirements of children with SEN. To help you with that, we’ve put together these ways to help:

1. Create a Supportive Learning Environment:

Foster a positive and comfortable space for learning. Minimise distractions, use sensory-friendly tools, and ensure the physical environment is conducive to focus and engagement.

2. Personalized Learning Plans:

Work with teachers to develop personalised learning plans that address the specific needs and strengths of the child. Tailor teaching methods, materials, and assessments accordingly.

3. Utilise Multisensory Approaches:

Incorporate various senses into learning experiences. Use hands-on activities, visual aids, and auditory stimuli to enhance comprehension and retention.

4. Break Tasks into Manageable Steps:

Divide learning tasks into smaller, more manageable steps. This approach helps children with SEN feel a sense of accomplishment and reduces the potential for overwhelm.

5. Flexible Instructional Techniques:

Be flexible in your teaching methods. Experiment with different approaches to find what resonates best with your child, considering their preferred learning style.

6. Encourage Self-Advocacy:

Teach children with SEN to recognize and communicate their needs. Encourage them to express themselves, fostering a sense of empowerment in their educational journey.

7. Regular Communication with Teachers:

Maintain open communication with teachers and support staff. Regular updates on your child's progress, challenges, and successes can help tailor ongoing support.

8. Incorporate Technology:

Leverage educational technology tools designed for children with SEN. Interactive apps, audiobooks, and adaptive software can provide additional support and engagement.

9. Collaborate with Specialised Professionals:

Work closely with specialists such as speech therapists, occupational therapists, or educational psychologists to ensure a holistic approach to your child's development.

10. Celebrate Achievements:

Recognize and celebrate your child's achievements, no matter how small. Positive reinforcement fosters a sense of pride and motivation in their learning journey.

Homeschooling SEN children

A lot of parents are turning to homeschooling to meet their children’s specific needs. If you’re considering it, we’re here to help with some homeschooling advice:

Create a dedicated learning area:

  • Establish a specific learning space to avoid disorganisation and chaos.

  • Post a printed schedule in the learning area to outline tasks and goals.

Follow a daily schedule:

  • Provide a basic daily plan for children, helping them stay focused and organised.

  • Use colour-coding and swim lanes to track activities and routines.

Be creative and engaging:

  • Utilise creative teaching aids beyond textbooks and traditional setups.

  • Engage children with interactive and enjoyable teaching methods.

Map out the school year:

  • Plan the school year ahead using organisation charts, mind maps, and flowcharts.

  • Visualise goals and assess progress to stay focused on educational objectives.

Learn beyond the classroom:

  • Embrace the flexibility of homeschooling to explore various learning opportunities.

  • Include activities like board games, cooking, local visits, and library trips in the daily schedule.

Collaborate with other SEN homeschoolers:

  • Connect with diverse homeschooling communities online or in your area.

  • Share resources, including textbooks, trip costs, and knowledge, fostering a supportive network.

Make learning a family activity:

  • Share enthusiasm for learning through activities like reading together, exploring hobbies, or teaching new skills.

  • Organise family trips, museum visits, and creative activities to make learning a memorable experience.

Seek guidance and professional development:

  • Interact with experienced educators for guidance and professional development.

  • Explore different teaching methods and gain inspiration for improving your teaching approach.

More practical learning resources for SEN children

We have many resources that can help children with SEN learning at home. We have engaging worksheets and other useful guides, so be sure to take a look.

Tailored tuition for SEN students

Explore Learning is an inclusive educator, so we’ll go above and beyond to ensure children with SEN get the most out of tuition with us. Our SEN tuition is designed to cater to the unique learning requirements of each child, promoting confidence and success in their educational journey. With personalised lesson plans and dedicated tutors, we're here to empower every child, ensuring no one is left behind.

Unlock your child’s potential with SEN tuition

At Explore Learning, we believe in the potential of every child. If you're seeking specialised support for a child with SEN, why not book a free trial with us so we can discuss how to support your child? 

Our dedicated tutors are adept at adapting their teaching methods to meet the unique needs of SEN students. Together, let's unlock the potential within every child, ensuring a bright and inclusive future.

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