We’ve shared below links to free resources and other useful links that are available 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 …

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.

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.

Sensory & OT activities and advice

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.

eBooks and audio books

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).

Virtual tours & online talks

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

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

Activity ideas

The Scouts has some put together 100 ideas for things to do.

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

Mental health & well-being

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

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.