SEND Code of Practice (2015):
Some of the things children and young people with these needs might find difficult are:
Types of support we currently offer:
Teachers change what they are teaching and/or the way they are teaching to help the child learn more, with the rest of the class.
Many strategies, which benefit pupils with Communication and Interaction needs, are in place for the benefit of all pupils.
‘Autism Friendly’ approaches are used within the classroom, often for the benefit of all pupils, such as visual timetables, visual prompts, various types of task boards, concrete objects in maths and an awareness of children’s sensory needs.
Resources are available such as fiddle toys, ear defenders and motivational activities.
Some children benefit from additional teaching or individualised work, for a short time, to support them to learn new skills. Our Teaching Assistants are trained in a range of interventions, such as speech and language, gross- and fine- motor and social skills . Should your child require a specific intervention, you will have an opportunity to discuss this at your child’s pupil profile review.
We have a Autism Lead Teaching Assistant, who leads our social skills provision and supports our SENDCo in meeting the needs of children with ASD. She has attended training in leading ASD in schools, ASD and Behaviours that Challenge, and Peer awareness.
If your child presents with difficulties in communication and interaction, our SENDCo and/or Autism Lead can support yourself and your child with this.
How we monitor this:
Review pupil’s individual targets and assess if they have been achieved
Talk to adults who work with the child
Talk to parents
Talk to the child
Observations of the child or young person to see if they are communicating or interacting differently
Where a number of strategies have been used, but concerns remain about a child’s communication or interaction skills, specialist assessment and support may be sought for the child
External Agency in-School Support:
Communication and Autism Team: Wendy Peel Tel: 0121 303 1792
External Specialist Support:
Our SENDCo can support with a referral to Speech and Language Services, who can assess and support speech difficulties.
A Paediatrician referral is required for a diagnosis of ASD, which can be made by your GP, or through our SENDCo.