Take a look at the activities enjoyed by the children during the summer of 2018. Photo gallery >>
Transition to Secondary School Courses
Last year Afasic ran 14 ‘Secondary Starter Weeks’ around the country, in partnerships between Speech and Language Teams and secondary schools. We are now in the process of organising courses for 2019 with several courses already arranged in London and Yorkshire.
We expect to help around 200 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 include creating Jackson Pollock type art and models, Lego therapy, forest school trips and making cupcakes.
Sessions are 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 feel more confident about making friends and know what to do if they need to ask for help, are lost or being bullied. This really helps their confidence when starting secondary school.
Courses will include 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”