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Useful resources at home

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We understand that being at home and out of routine can be challenging for you and your family.

To help you during this difficult time, our staff are busy making lots of helpful resources for you to use at home.

We will keep updating this page with symbol sheets, videos, useful downloads and other bits to help you!

As a member of the Disabled Children’s Partnership, we also suggest you take a look at their extensive list of brilliant resources including helplines, advice, and resources relating to particular impairments or conditions.

“Little Miss Sunshine” – read by Playworker Jess:

How to draw a beautiful butterfly picture – by Playworker Juliette (Makaton signing)

“Little Miss Neat” – read by Playworker Jess

“The Lion Inside” – read by Playworker Katie

Educational

  • You can download our Challengers Early Years Education pack (PDF) with lots of engaging and useful things to do!
  • Visit Twinkl.com for lots more resources for all age groups and abilities. Parents can get a month’s free access to their resources by setting up an account using the code UKTWINKLHELPS.
  • Help Kidz Learn – their website features a range of apps, games and resources for children with learning impairments.

Interactive activities

  • Suzie Songtime Sings & Signs – join in with virtual singing, makaton signing, and making instruments from objects found in the house! There are spaces on Mondays at 10:45am for Challengers children. Pre-School children can attend for free, and it costs just £2 per child for others. Head over to their Facebook page to get in touch and join the classes.
  • 5 Minute Mum – This fantastic website has a huge amount of creative and simple activities designed by a mum of two young children. She has one rule to her activities…they take no more than 5 minutes to organise! Lots of the games and activities can be adapted for older children too.
  • Dazzle & Fizz Kids Club – join their free daily kids club with lots of interactive activities and fun!
  • Sofa Superheroes Super Workout – Be a superhero at home! The organisers of the epic disability Superhero Series events are doing free Facebook live workouts on Mondays at 11am. The also have some great videos on their YouTube channel to watch any time. Don’t forget to wear your best superhero outfit!
  • Download our Challengers colouring sheets (PDF), drawn by our wonderful playworker Brittany.
  • Sensory bag ideas – you can make sensory bags with almost anything in your cupboards at home! They provide lots of sensory fun and stimulation…and they aren’t too messy either!

Symbols & Social stories

Support

  • Children & Family Health Surrey have set up a support line for parents who may require support with their child’s care needs who usually attend one of the special schools in Surrey. You can speak to a special school nurse by calling 07817092205 (open Mon-Fri, 9am – 12pm).
  • If a member of your family is extremely vulnerable, you can apply for support from the government during the coronavirus pandemic. Visit their website to find out more.
  • Scope helpline – advice and support for disabled people and their families.
  • Moving and handling guidance (PDF) – Important safety tips for families and carers who are doing lots of extra lifting and moving of their disabled child while at home.
  • Samaritans helpline – for those struggling at home.
  • Young Sibs – features an online, moderated chat forum for siblings of disabled children looking for friendly support.