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Difficulty in making and maintaining healthy relationships

Provision and / or strategies:

  • Use small group/nurture group activities to support personal, social and emotional development.
  • Model appropriate emotional responses to disagreements or difficulties with e.g. sharing/turn taking.
  • Think about who the child or young person (CYP) can maintain a relationship with, for example, adults only, younger children. Why might that be? Can you use this information to build the CYP’s capacity to maintain relationships?
  • Try differentiated opportunities for social and emotional development e.g. buddy system/paired learning activities/scaffolding group work.
  • Use restorative approaches when relationships break down.
  • Use a key worker to rehearse and replay more appropriate social communication methods, provide opportunities to practice the social communication skill being learned in class.
  • Discuss the use of dedicated and planned time in the SEN base with your special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) if this is necessary, such as during unstructured break and lunch times.
  • Do not use the schools ‘special educational needs’ base purely as a reactive strategy when friendship issues arise.

Last updated 3 September 2020

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