Pre-school home teaching service

Easeys for ASN

EASEYS Encourage and Support Early Years Skills for Additional Support Needs

The Pre-school Home Visiting Teachers (PSHVT) have made a selection of resources to provide a variety of practical ideas and support strategies for staff working in Early Learning and Childcare settings (ELC) as well as parents and carers.

Meeting Additional Support Needs

Additional support needs can be both long and short-term, or can simply refer to the help a child needs in getting through a difficult period. Additional support needs can also arise due to a disability, health, learning environment, family circumstances or social and emotional factors. In the EASEYS for ASN – Meeting Additional Support Needs read more about:

  • Getting to know a child - one of the most important first steps to meeting their individual needs
  • Finding out what information is already available about the child
  • How to gather information from ongoing observations and assessments as you play and interact together

Together time

Many children with additional support needs may find it difficult to explore literacy in more traditional ways. Sharing songs, rhymes and stories is important for all children but we may need to approach this differently to make these literacy experiences accessible. PSHVTs have produced a document, EASEYS for ASN - Together Time and to complement this we have a ‘Together Time’ booklet and an information sheet on using sensory umbrellas.

Home communication

Although children may not always talk about their day’s activities, parents and carers can usually prompt them to give some detail. This process may need extra support for the families of children with additional suport needs. The EASEYS for ASN - Home Communication provides information for ELC settings on the topic of supporting communication with home.

Self regulation

Some young children struggle to manage their responses, emotions and behaviour. This can affect their ability to engage in play and develop friendships. The EASEYS for ASN – Self Regulation contains ideas and strategies to help support development in this area. To complement this PSHVTs have produced some supporting documents, Self-Regulation Keyring of ideas, What keeps me Alert and Ready to Play and Optimum Level of Alertness.

Quiet time

Most young children often need a quiet space to relax. Being in a quiet, cosy place can help them feel more secure, comfortable and better able to cope with the world around them. Many children with ASN don’t sleep well, and the sounds, sights, movement and smells of the world around us can be a significant challenge. The EASEYS for ASN – Quiet Time provides a variety of strategies to maximise the benefits of quality ‘quiet time’.

Intensive Interaction

Intensive Interaction strategies promote positive relationships by focusing on the foundations of early interactions; being attentive, showing interest, anticipating, sharing, turn taking and building trust/respect. The practical approach can sometimes be useful with children with complex communication issues including Autism Spectrum Condition. As the relationship develops, awareness, understanding and interaction can sometimes be increased, leading to more meaningful communication. The EASEYS for ASN – Intensive Interaction provides a variety of strategies to support developing communication and relationships.

Key Transitions

There are many key transitions that a child with Additional Support Needs experiences in the Early Years, from home into an Early Learning and Childcare setting, between ELC settings or with split placements and from an ELC into Primary 1. We consider the transition from the child’s perspective, that of the family and all current and receiving staff. Our aim is to make the transition a positive experience for all with effective communication to ensure a seamless process. The EASEYS for ASN – Key Transitions helps staff to explore their role within this process.


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