The resources on this website have been designed primarily to provide teaching and support staff with information, advice, strategies and activities that are both functional and relevant, and that can be used to support children with additional support needs in the classroom.

Relevance to the Curriculum

The resources contained in this section have been designed by therapists and other health professionals working in collaboration with education staff, for use within the early years' curriculum, the 5-14 curriculum and the elaborated curriculum. Their aim is to promote an integrated approach which allows both education and therapy goals to be included in a single activity.

The resources relate to a wide range of curricular areas, including the following:

Communication and Language

  • Interaction
  • Listening and understanding
  • Expression and talking

Personal and Social Development

  • Self awareness
  • Self esteem
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Independence and interdependence


The ASL teams wish to acknowledge the contribution of the Therapy Inclusion Project (Edinburgh), authors of the TIP Resource Packs, and the Sure Start Early Communication Project, as well as the contribution from therapy and other health staff in NHS Lothian (working across East Lothian, Edinburgh, Midlothian and West Lothian) who contributed advice sheets, information packs and ideas for new resources.

Next Steps

The information and advice contained in the resources is designed predominantly as pre-referral information aimed at supporting teaching and auxiliary staff working with children in a classroom or nursery setting. It is not intended to be diagnostic, nor does it aim to replace the referral procedure to other agencies. It is anticipated that, where further investigation or more specific information is required regarding a child's additional support needs, education staff will follow the usual procedures outlined in their place of work for referral to another agency.

Disclaimer and terms of use


Content on this website including all text and images is copyright © of NHS Lothian and its agents unless otherwise stated. You may download material for private research, study or in-house use only. Individuals working in education and health establishments may download resource sheets and packs for use in schools, nurseries, education authorities and health trusts. You must not copy, distribute, or publish any material from this website. Any other use of copyright material on this website requires the formal permission of NHS Lothian.

How to navigate this section

The resources contained in this section are divided into the following types:

  • Published resources
  • Resource packs
  • Resource sheets
  • Information sheets

Published resources

This section includes information on published resources and details of where to obtain these. In some cases a link to a related website is provided.

Resource packs

This section includes the Sure Start leaflets and materials from the Therapy Inclusion Project.

Resource sheets

This section includes sheets containing advice, strategies and activities for use with children in classroom settings (in school and pre-school). The advice has been developed collaboratively by occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech and language therapists and is structured into headings and sub-headings. Each heading / sub-heading represents an area of development that may pose a barrier to learning for a child.


Hand skills

This section covers advice on supporting children who demonstrate difficulties with various aspects of hand skills including:

  • Developing hand skills and dominance
  • Handwriting
  • Managing laces and buttons
  • Scissor skills
  • Using tools (e.g. for HE, CDT), craft activities
  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Developing sensory discrimination

Finding a resource sheet

To find a relevant resource sheet, choose one of the following options:

  • Scroll down the list of headings (barriers to learning) and click on the most appropriate one. This will lead to a list of sub-headings. Click on a sub-heading to view the related advice sheets.
  • Enter a key word in the Search box in the left-hand column. This will bring up a list of resource sheets containing the key word.

Information sheets

This section includes sheets containing information on health conditions, including health awareness, specific medical conditions and information relating to mental health conditions.

Finding an information sheet

To find a relevant information sheet, choose one of the following options:

  • Scroll down the list of headings and click on the most appropriate one to view the information.
  • Enter a key word in the Search box in the left-hand column. This will bring up a list of information sheets containing the key word.