Our Well-being is the most important thing! If our well being is off, we will not be in a good place to learn!
Our well-being can be affected by lots of things; feeling unwell, sensory processing difficulties (see sensory tab) ,communication difficulties, emotional difficulties and more.
We spend a lot of time getting to know each child's individual preferences, sensitivities, learning styles and what makes them feel good!
We use this to help us plan each day to ensure positive well-being; we call this 'Energy accounting'.
Energy accounting is where we think about the energy needed to do an activity, and the energy activities give us. This is different for every one. It's easiest to think of it like a bank account- with deposits and withdrawals. Activities will cost/ be worth more for different people.
Deposits: Things we enjoy.
Withdrawals: Things we find difficult.
,Follow this link to hear somebody talk about what energy accounting is like for them ...
We use our routines, environment, visual supports and lots more to maintain positive well-being. We also have 'free time' and brain breaks scheduled throughout the day. Here's a video to explain more...
We use all of the information we learn about our children to crwate a well-being profile so that all agencies working woith our children, have lots of information readily available to support the child in the best way.
The profiles cover 5 areas;
Social Emotional and Mental Health
Physical and sensory
Communication and interaction
Here's an example of the information in a well-being profile...
Well-being profiles are all so useful for members of families or other people your child may spend time with.
Our children's bodies will usually tell us how their sensory systems are feeling long before their words do. Children might cover their ears, hum loudly, chew clothes, lean on walls, swing on chairs, move slowly or really quickly! Here's something that their bodies might be trying to say...