Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Autistic Spectrum Disorder

At St Rose’s we believe in education for all, without barriers. All students follow a personalised learning programme. For the students with ASD, education follows a structured TEACCH approach to learning which embraces personalised learning. We have individual work areas and everyone follows a schedule to keep their day as predictable as possible. The class has a high staff to student ratio, and we keep the class size small. The staff remain with the group throughout the day in order to minimise change and ensure a consistent approach. The group remains class based too. This structured approach to learning extends to all areas and includes education, residential care and therapy provision.

At St Rose’s we are able to work with a wide range of abilities. We use a half termly topic approach which incorporate all subjects in a cross-curricular way and encourages learning in an holistic way. We also use EQUALS schemes of work where appropriate. All learning is appropriately differentiated taking into account student needs. In each classroom we have a range of technology available to support learning including interactive plasma screens which can be accessed through touch screen or switch, to iPads.

We allow every student to work at their individual pace and level to maximise their potential. We aim for personal growth and independence at a personal level. The day is structured to encourage as much independence as possible… from taking off coats, to taking items to the office. We offer challenge and support through multi-disciplinary teams (comprising the class teacher, therapists and teaching assistants) who set challenging targets which will allow for individual achievement. Staff across St Rose’s seek to nurture individual talents, interests and abilities.

We believe in inclusive education with therapeutic intervention. Classroom staff liaise closely with St Rose’s therapists who come into the classroom to deliver sessions as appropriate. Communication is promoted throughout St Rose’s using a wide variety of strategies such as PECS, intensive interaction, symbols, low tech and high tech communication aids and Makaton and BSL signing. Our curriculum is personalised to the individual, taking into account ‘special interests’ to motivate the learner.

St Rose’s offers a safe environment for students with ASD. We have a wide range of committed and dedicated professionals with specialisms in ASD. Class staff work closely with St Rose’s occupational therapists in order address sensory needs through an integrated approach: sensory diet activities are fully incorporated into the whole day.

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Education

St Rose’s aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that offers stimulating opportunities appropriate to the needs of our students.

 

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Therapy

A team of experienced therapists are employed directly by the school to work alongside education and care staff. Collaborative therapy and sharing that knowledge is integral to the work of our school.

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Care

When a child or young person is happy, they have the best chance of progressing and achieving their goals. Ensuring that your child’s emotional needs are met is as important as their physical requirements.