£50.00 – £60.00
Regular price of Toolkit contents: £56.30 SAVE £6.50
Regular price of Toolkit contents plus Feelings Notebook: £68.80 SAVE £8.80
During the holidays, Tom was anxious about going back to school. Due to his communication difficulties, he struggled to find the words to tell me how he was feeling but I knew from his angry outbursts, repetitive questions, and frequent meltdowns that he was nervous about returning to school.
I was dreading the return of the school morning challenge – getting everyone out of the door on time dressed, fed, clean, and with all the right kit. I was fed up with being a shouty mum.
Using visual supports made our lives much easier and going back to school much less stressful for all our family. Here’s what we used to help us:
Knowing what to expect during his day helped to reduce Tom’s anxiety levels, frustrations, and meltdowns. Being able to organise himself, use his school timetable, and take responsibility for his own personal care boosted his self-esteem.
Tom was happier, calmer, and proud of himself for being independent. He was less stressed and better able to concentrate and learn.
We put together our favourite TomTag visual supports to create this amazing value Back-to-School Toolkit to help other families like us who struggle with going back to school.
This toolkit includes visual supports from our ‘I Know What to Expect’ and ‘I Can Do It’ ranges plus printed copies of three of our popular download guides. With the TomTag system you can create all the visual supports you need to help your child as they head back to school after the holidays or start school for the first time so, like Tom, they can say ‘Back to School – I know what to expect and I can do it too!’
Each sticker pack contains 12 blank stickers for personalisation and 8 stickers to label your TomTag Button Holders. The School Kit Sticker Pack contains weekday sticker labels.
Add the TomTag Feelings Notebook to your Back-to-School Toolkit order for £10 (usual price: £12.50). Use the Feelings Notebook with the Share How I Feel Minikit to help your child explore, understand, and communicate their feelings (use the drop-down box below to add this offer to your order)
Click the images to enlarge and view the gallery
TomTag uses symbols to show a series of separate tasks or steps involved in a task that are part of a routine, a sequence of events in a timeline, or they can be used as a list to teach a new skill by breaking down a single activity into smaller steps.
Many children with autism and other additional needs have strong visual skills. They are more likely to remember and understand what they have seen rather than what they hear. Using a visual support like TomTag to present information visually and in a step-by-step manner allows visual thinkers and learners to take in information at their own pace. Visuals can also act as a reminder when children forget what’s been said or become distracted, TomTag helps to bring their attention back to the task or current situation.
“Tom tags are brilliant. My son is ADHD, ASD, and PDA so trying to get him to follow a routine without making it feel like demands is really tough. Tom tags help him to see his routine visually without me having to demand.”
“I recently got myself some Tom tags to help with my morning and evening routines and so far they are really helping. It’s been really helpful to have all the steps and tasks laid out, so I don’t get caught up in my head wondering what to do first or what I even have to do anyways. ”
“They allow my 7 year old to create, then to carry his visual timetable with him at school. It is the only visual he will use for school.”
“They really are amazing. My son went back to school today and while he has always struggled to organise himself, this morning he knew exactly what he needed to do and exactly what he needed to take to school. What a stress-free morning, I could get used to this!”
WARNING: Please note – TomTag is not a toy. Not suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts.
with notebook, without notebook