We aim for all our students to develop functional skills for living so each of them is able to lead a fulfilling and substantially independent life. We recognise that for young people with autism every experience may provide a learning experience. Our approach to teaching functional skills and life skills is at the core of our holistic curriculum.
Input from the speech and language therapist, occupational therapist and other professionals supports the delivery of the life skills curriculum through personal programmes.
The life skills curriculum is not seen as linear learning, rather, it is a broad framework in which each child works. The pathways will be determined by each individual’s;
· outcomes on their EHCP and Personalised Learning Goals (PLGs)
· strengths and areas of development
· own need as assessed by the student, parents, staff, therapists and professionals
Our curriculum includes ample opportunity to develop life skills through the experience of daily activities both on and off site. Furthermore, there is a key focus to each topic or area taught and these are integrated across the day in addition to discrete sessions. There is a strong emphasis on working in partnership with families to ensure the teaching of life skills span across the student’s day including before and after school. School have recently developed a life skills room where daily skills can be taught and practised.
Life skills learning is broadly divided into four areas of learning which cover
- Independent Living
- Social and Community Inclusion