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Sensory Inclusion Service - Coronavirus Information and Advice

Information and resources for children and young people with hearing or visual impairments during the lockdown period can be found via the links and documents on this page. We hope to add more as we discover them.

Also, if your child is supported by our teams, why not join our Facebook groups:

For children and families with visual impairment search for the groups called Wolverhampton Sensory Inclusion Service Vision Team, and for those with a hearing impairment  Wolverhampton Sensory Inclusion Service Hearing Impaired Team. 

Please visit the links below for useful information and resources from Guide Dogs UK:

Guide Dogs has changed the way it provides services in response to social distancing, with every channel being used flexibly to give you choice and access to expertise and advice promptly.  For example, Guide Dogs staff can now arrange to contact you regularly by phone to provide individual support through the social isolation period.  To access this and other services available, please call 0800 781 1444 between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday or visit https://www.guidedogs.org.uk/covid19 to find out more.

Deafblind customers who use BSL should contact Guide Dogs via the webpage https://www.guidedogs.org.uk/covid19, clicking on the SignVideo logo on the right hand side, or through a SignVideo app. This connects you to a SignVideo interpreter who will then connect to the information line.

The following are a series of sites with activties, some generic and some specifically for thise with VI. We are not affiliated to them in any way and are not responsible for the content or any views expressed there:

Accessibyte  Accessible apps for pupils with a VI/additional needs  
Activity Village Colouring and activities  
ALDI Activities for Kids From cooking and crafts to games, quizzes and quality family time.  
Amazing Educational Resources A range of curricular activities  
Amazon Cyber Robotics Challenge Amazon Cyber Robotics Challenge  
Aquila Magazine for inquisitive 8-12 years olds. Cost involved  
Balloon Powered Lego Car  Design and build balloon-powered LEGO cars   
Ballyland apps Apps to enourage use of Voiceover. Some have a charge  
Barefoot Enjoyable activities, designed by teaching professionals for families to do at home with their children.  
BBC Bitesize Range of curricular material. Now also on TV  
BBC Dancemat Keyboarding skills  
BBC Teach Curriculum-mapped videos, arranged by age-group and subject.  
BBC2 500 Words Narrated audio short stories written by children  
Born to Be Adventurous 28 Days of activities  
British Blind sport activities Audio-led workouts, covering a wide range of activities such as Yoga, Pilates, HIIT, Boxercise and Strength.  
British Museum  Virtual Tour  
CALL Scotland  Links to  resources and ideas for learning at home.  
Carol Vorderman Maths 10.00 am maths activities for age 4-14. Free Trial for 21 days  
Clicker Free Clicker software  
Coop Links to Various activities   
Coronavirus – A Book for Children Free book for children on Corona virus illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator  
Cosmic kids Jamie guides young yogis through 20 of her favourite yoga adventures, across 5 different lands!  
CVI Friendly Videos Visually simple videos for children with CVI/additional needs  
Darcey Bussel Diverse Dance Mix Facebook dance classes  
Doorway Online Text Type 3 Key boarding skills  
Doorwayonline Supported by CALL Scotland:  Basic but very good for maths, spelling, memory games and touch typing  
Duck Duck Moose List of simple educational apps for children  
Dundee Science Centre Activities New themes each week  
Dynamic Earth Discover fun, fascinating activities  ranging from experiments and crafts, climate change science and stories, short videos, and thought-provoking reading and more! New content every week.  
Dyson Engineering Challenges 44 engineering and science challenges from the engineers at Dyson.  
Ella’s Wheelchair Workout  Wheelchair friendly workouts  
Eye’s Free Fitness Audio only fitness classes for visually impaired pupils  
Family Days Tried and Tested A range of activities – not all suitable at this present time  
Future Learn Schools from Open University  Free access to hundreds of online educational courses for school students aged 13+.We are working on the next phase to launch in 2021  
Gaelic 4 Parents Learning gaelic for children  
Glasgow Science Centre Various fun science activities  
Gympanzees Fun activities for children of all abilities  
Help ASN Fun filled day Scotland Useful FaceBook page for ideas  
HelpKidzLearn Online learning for special education.  Free at this time.  
ICT Games Free games  
Jamie Oliver Cooking Easy recipes  
Joe Wicks PE 9.00 am classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays  
Live Love Fruit Growing vegetables from scraps  
Look Active Workouts for visually impaired  
Madie Morte Live Science A live family science show on YouTube hosted by Maddie Moate & Greg Foot.   
Maths Bot  Tools for maths teachers  
Maths Playground  Give your brain a workout  
Maths-drill.com Free Maths worksheets  
Mindup Mindlfullness for children  
Monkeyworld Activities on primates  
Mothercould Range of activities  
Munch Doodles with Mo Wellems Doodle to music  
Mylene Klass Music Short music lesson videos  
National Geographic Kid Magazine Nature magazine - cost involved  
Nessy Apps  Sounds and blending  
NRICH Maths Free curriculum linked resources to develop mathematical reasoning & problem-solving skills  
Numeracy Ninja Numeracy skills  
Oti Mabuse Dance Dance Classes with this Strictly professional  
Oxford Owls for Home  Advice and support for parents, Educational Activities and games, Free e-book library for 3-11 year olds  
Paths to Literacy Links to a range of activities for children with visual impairment/additional needs  
Perthshire Music School Free guitar lessons  
Pickatale interactive books subscription (Free trial but then a cost)  
Pobble365 Writing  
Positive Eye links Links provide families with some fun ideas, activities and inspiration during lockdown that can be enjoyed by the whole family.  
RNIB Audio Library using Easyreader Register your child for free audio books.  For children with a visual impairment, learning difficulty or difficulty turning pages. (Replaces the system using Overdrive). Contact jholliswatson@pkc.gov.uk for more information  
RNIB Messy and Muddy A Guide to outdoor play for children with a visual impairment  
Royal Family Facebook page Activities every Monday  
Royal Mint Fun Maths Activities  Various activities based around coins  
Royal Scottish National Orchestra Music challenges each week  
SAM games Activities to do for pupils with additional needs  
Science + Nature magazine Magazine for 8-15 year olds. Cost involved   
Scottish Opera Movement and STEM  
Scottish Sensory Centre Various resources for early years children with a sensory impairment/additional needs  
Scouts Range of outdoor activities  
Simon King Wildlife  Fun wildlife activities  
Soundabout Music Class For children with additional needs  
Story Massage Stories with fun interactive touch  
Teach Your Monster to Read  The groundbreaking game that makes learning to read fun  
Teaching Packs 100 Challenges for Home Learners A range of activities without much preparation or equipment.  
The Gruffalo in Glaswegian Written and read by Katie Dougan   
The Shows Must Go On Andrew Lloyd Webber free musicals streamed  
Theatre of Science Weekly science lessons  
Thinking Outside the Light box Accessible videos for children with CVI/additional needs  
Timestables.co.uk Learn your times tables  
Top Marks Free educational resoures  
Tuxtype  Keyboarding skills  
UNICEF Paddington’s Postcards  Teach your child about the world with Paddington  
Whizz Bang Pop Science Magazine Science magazine that brings science to life for children aged six to twelve (and their parents too)!  
Wild Days Outdoor learning activities  
Woodlands Junior Various resources   
Youth Sports Trust 60 Second Physical Activity Challanges A fun ‘compete against yourself’ approach to physical activity with a focus on resilience and perseverance and the aim to achieve bronze, silver or gold medal targets.


How to connect a Phonak Transmitter to a computer:

 It is the same process for an Inspiro OR a touchscreen.

 You will need:

  • Transmitter
  • 3.5 to 3.5mm male to male audio jack 
  1. Switch on the transmitter
  2. Connect the male to male audio cable to the bottom of the transmitter
  3. Connect the other end of the male to male audio cable to the headphone socket of the computer
  4. This will cause the transmitter to mute the transmitters microphone
  5. The speaker volume on the computer should be around 75%

Please visit  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eyH9vhV4t4 for a demo:

Please get in touch with us if you need advice or support regarding your child if they have a visual or hearing impairment during this difficult period.

Here you can find out more information on the work of the 
Sensory Inclusion Service (SIS) Vision and Hearing Teams.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Rob Tipton: Sensory Inclusion Service Team Leader (and lead for VI)
Contact Position
Rachael Armstrong: Audiology Lead
Telephone
Rob Tipton 01902 555910
Rachael Armstrong 01902 555910
E-mail
robert.tipton@wolverhampton.gov.uk

Where to go

Name
Sensory Inclusion Service
Address
c/o Warstones Primary School
Warstones Road
Penn
Wolverhampton
West Midlands
Postcode
WV4 4LU

Record Last Updated on: 18/01/2021

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