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Transition to Secondary School Courses 2018
Afasic ran 14 ‘Secondary Starter Weeks’ around the country, in partnerships between Speech and Language Teams and secondary schools.
These groups supported 180 children transitioning to Year 7 who have speech, language and communication needs, to address anxieties and practice social communication and independence skills required at secondary.
Examples of fun, practical activities enabling team work and communication skills included creating Jackson Pollock type art and models, lego therapy, forest school trips and making cupcakes.
These sessions were carried out like Design and Technology lessons, to enable students to practice skills required in Year 7: e.g. following instructions, clarifying, working independently/in pairs, taking responsibility- cleaning up.
By the end of the week, students said they felt more confident about making friends and knew what to do if they needed to ask for help, were lost or being bullied. It was clear they were feeling a lot more positive and excited about starting at secondary.
Courses included at least one session with parents, to share advice on supporting their child through transition, including cyber bullying and online safety.
Afasic also runs parent support workshops to share strategies to help the children they care for prepare for secondary school.
Summer Courses 2019
Could your SLT team or secondary school make a difference and help prepare local year 6 children with communication needs, for a successful start to secondary?
Want to know how to access Afasic’s model and resources to host this course next summer? Please contact Sue Denning, Schools Coordinator, Afasic England Tel: 07709 834 552 or send an email to Sue.
What children and parents said about the courses in 2018
“I am more happy to speak to new people now and know I can do it in September too”
“It helps you out a lot with school and at the same time you are having fun”
“the transition group is a great way to ease anxieties and tensions and to make new friends”
“this group has helped X feel it is OK to be different, accepted. Knowing like-minded kids, she has built confidence and is looking forward to secondary”