Over the years we have created various tools and games which help children develop speech and language, numeracy, literacy and cooperative working skills. The mothers in our group combined their knowledge and experience with that of a SEN teacher, family learning tutor, speech and language therapist, carpenter, props designer and others to design, test and make them.
Our activities work for all children, but are particularly effective for children who struggle in traditional education settings. Hannah, a member whose son is autistic says:
‘I am always looking for ways to support my children's learning especially my autistic son, but I find that most of the alternative/multisensory learning tools out there are designed for very young children and do not engage or interest him – or are not practical to use in my busy family household! Bringing up a child with special needs can be distressing and isolating – especially when you are financially challenged. Getting hands-on and creating these games that actually work for my son helps me take control of my sons difficulties- I am excited about working with other mothers who are tackling similar issues so we can share ideas and support each other, finding solutions that work!’
We have also developed a series of concrete tools that can be used with both adults and children to explore power, perspectives, interdependence and many other concepts which can be hard to understand in depth through discussion alone. You can read more about our cooperative analysis tools here.
We are not currently producing new learning tools for sale, but we are working on getting our different resources and games online so we can share them with you all more fully. Watch this space!
Check out our old Learnshare Crowdfunder video to see some tools in Action! We made our target!