Lámh Sign For Cold

Welcome to the Sign Of The Week.

I hope you are keeping well and staying nice and cosy as the winter sets in! Our next sign has been inspired by the freeeeezing weather outside. I’m really feeling the cold myself – being from Barcelona I’m not used to such low temperatures!

If you haven’t already guessed… the sign I have picked for next week is?COLD.

Some children find it quite difficult to deal with the changing seasons. Often, children with special needs can feel uncomfortable with extra layers, woolly jumpers or thicker socks. It’s a good idea to start talking about winter clothes at calmer times – not when you are rushing out in the mornings! Books such as “Buster gets dressed” by Rod Campbell, are also a great way to talk about clothing and the layers of clothes that we use in winter.

Even with all of this preparation, some children will still struggle with extra clothes. You can try to work around this by looking for lightweight winter jackets that offer lots of warmth. These can be more costly, but they can make life a bit easier, especially in the morning rush!

Another big change for children during the winter months is the limited time that they spend outdoors. This can be difficult when children are spending lots of time indoors in school and then again at home. Some schools have sensory rooms that the children can use, or students with special needs can visit the P.E. hall for movement breaks. At home it can be a bit trickier if space is limited, to help with this – some parents visit indoor play centres during quieter times.

My own son strongly dislikes the wind and rain, even a slight drizzle on his face can upset him, so we avoid going out if the weather is bad. On more pleasant winter days, we wrap up and go out for long walks with the promise of a tasty hot chocolate in a nice caf? to look forward to, which is a treat for me too!

So the sign of the week starting on Monday the 25th?of November is?COLD.

What other signs would you like to learn?
Let me know and I will incorporate them into the Sign of The Week.

Let?s #spreadthel?mh this season.

Enjoy the video!

Sign Of The Week – COLD

Lámh Sign For Rain

Welcome to the Sign Of The Week.

Did you see that rain last week? ?
I was visiting schools all last week and I got drenched running in and out in the rain. And according to the weather forecast, there is more rain coming.

I guess winter is finally here!??

On rainy days children cannot go out to play in the yard and they have to stay indoors all day. I?could feel the extra energy in the classrooms with children being confined indoors all day!

Not being able to go outside during break time has an impact on all children, and even more so on children with special needs. Children with special needs generally prefer structure and routine, and not being able to go out involves a change in their routine.

Having a sign or symbol for RAIN to explain why they can?t go outside, will help the child understand and adjust to the change better. Take the time to bring children to the classroom window to see the rain and how wet it is outside. Then you might give them a choice of something nice they can do inside the classroom.

As the weather is getting colder and the weather forecast predicts more rain I have picked the sign for RAIN as the Sign of the Week starting on Monday the 11th of November.

I?ve included a video below to show the sign for RAIN, have a look and don?t forget to share your own experiences by leaving a comment below!

Have you introduced any social words to the children in your class yet?
I?d love to hear your thoughts and feedback.
What other signs would you like to learn?
Let me know and I will incorporate them into the Sign of The Week.

Let?s #spreadthel?mh this season.

Enjoy the video!

Sign Of The Week – RAIN