We’ve shared below links to free resources and other useful links to things that are available to do whilst we’re all at home social distancing or self-isolating. There are more links and tips for the PDA community during the Coronavirus pandemic on our main news post.

We’ll keep updating this page as well as our main Links and tips page with additional information, ideas and resources – and please do let us know if you have other tips or links to share …

Some of these ideas and resources may need a little PDA adaptation.

Education resources

This list of free online education resources, kindly compiled by the home education community, is being shared on social media.

Kids Activities Blog has also put this list together of education companies offering free subscriptions.

Reduced rate BSL course from British-Sign.

The Sensory Projects has an extensive list of education resources as well as coronavirus specific resources.

Free Minecraft Education Pack.

Adventures with Dippy – Natural History Museum lesson outlines and resources

A guide to home learning with the BBC – includes a new TV channel, podcasts, videos, and lessons each day online

Department for Education – list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home

Fun challenges

Free visual challenge each day (there is no wrong answer for any of the challenges) – Thinking Classroom

44 engineering and science challenges from the engineers at Dyson

Speech, Language, Communication & SEND resources

List of free Speech, Language, Communication and SEND resources via Chatter Pack.

Worcestershire Speech & Language Therapy resources including new activities for home section.

Free 30 day access to Widgit Online.

Free visual schedule symbols via NHS Forth Valley Speech & Language Therapy Facebook page.

Free speech and language games and activities – Speech Link

Makaton singalongs – The Burton Street Foundation

Sensory & OT activities and resources

Wunder Mum has a great recipe for DIY “therapy putty” (we found we needed a bit more cornflour to make the right consistency).

Sensory ‘Stuck at Home’ ideas for proprioception input and wall push-ups from Sensory Project.

Kim Griffin OT will be posting a different fine motor activity video on her Facebook page and YouTube channel each day for children to join in with.

Normal life has been disrupted – Managing the disruption caused by COVID-19 by OT Lorrae Mynard offers advice for maintaining balance at this very tricky time.

Sensory chalk walk idea via Facebook – could be adapted for a smaller space.

Reduced rate Introduction to Sensory Integration Difficulties online course with Sensory Integration Network.

Understanding our 8 senses with Sensory Spectacle is free to access during April.

Interoception Daily Activity List – Kelly Mahler.

9 Gross Motor At-home Activities with Pillows – Pediatric Therapy Network (video).

Gross Motor activities for teens and older kids – The Inspired Treehouse.

150 sensory learning ideas – Inclusive Teach

Sensory Kits for Adults – Allison Davies (YouTube video)

Weekly videos providing fun games, activities and advice to help support children’s motor skills – Adam the OT

eBooks, audio books & stories

World eBook is providing free access to all its  e-books.

Audible is making some children’s audiobooks available for free whilst schools are closed.

David Walliams is releasing a free audio story every day for 30 days (from 23/3/20).

Free digital download of First News for a limited time.

While We Can’t Hug – A short story for primary children about social distancing – Eoin McLaughlin and Polly Dunbar.

Explore centuries of stories, poems and illustrations with Discovering Children’s Books – British Library in partnership with Seven Stories.

Virtual tours & online talks

Mental Floss has a list of 12 world class museums you can visit online.

Cosmic Shambles has videos, podcasts and live streams of interesting talks.

The British Library Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition is available online and Wizarding World has a Harry Potter at Home hub with craft videos, fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and more.

Studio 3 free webinars about the low arousal approach and Psychotherapy.

Theatre & music

Royal Opera House – Create and Learn series exploring the magical world of the theatre from home (new activities each week).

BBC Ten Pieces at Home – weekly activities based around a different piece of classical music.

Free musicals and plays you can stream at home (updating daily) – Filmed on Stage

Activity ideas

The Scouts website list over 100 ideas for things to do indoors and they’ve compiled a further list of activities called The Great Indoors.

Free ‘Stay Active’ activity card downloads from Premier Education.

Ben Hanlin’s School of Magic – learn a new trick every day (Mon-Fri) via Facebook or Instagram.

The Genius of Play lists free games/play activities incl. inventor challenges, printables, art, STEM (science, technology, engineering & maths) and more.

Diversity have announced that all of their online tutorials and dance classes are free until 1st May. 

TheDadLab offers ideas for fun art and science activities.

Get drawing – quick and easy drawing resources and ideas – Chatsworth.

Try this at home – activities and ideas to occupy yourself and family at home, in your garden or local outdoor space – Natural History Museum.

Mental health & well-being

Free mindfulness classes designed with children in mind but all ages welcome to participate – Mindful Schools.

CAMHS Resources – a pool of resources from across the internet that are available to help support mental health and well-being.

Other useful links

Chatterpack has an extensive list of free resources covering virtual tours, online learning, music, arts & culture, online literature, entertainment, anxiety/mental health/loneliness and more.

List of free daily resources including PE sessions, wildlife Q&A, science chat, dance sessions, maths, music and stories.

NASA’s image and video library is now free to access (we found it was best viewed with Google Chrome).