ASD Resource Provison groups
Attention building and Active Listening groups
A group that focuses on building joint attention skills. This group originates from the idea that children learn best when they are highly motivated through tailored, dynamic and engaging activities that stimulate their senses. Children take in information through their senses and this group helps build knowledge and understanding of the world around them while shaping how they communicate and interact through this fun group.
Oak Group is designed for children who have already developed skills to engage in some small joint attention activities but require strategies for active listening. This group focuses on building skills to retain information heard and read through both listening and reading comprehension activities. This multi-sensory based group allows for long processing times which builds on the pupils’ ability to become self-regulated and a more independent learner.
Sensory Groups and Circuits
Sensory Circuits are used by children in the school who have difficulties with processing sensory information. Sensory Circuits are used throughout to day and are tailored for each individual child based on their sensory diet needs. A circuit runs in three sections and is based on the theories of sensory processing and sensory integration and the practical considerations of providing structured sensory motor input.
- Alerting section – The aim of this sections is to provide physical stimulation within a controlled setting while preparing the brain for upcoming learning and demands of the classroom environment.
- Organising section – This section includes activities that require multi-sensory processing and balance. The child needs to organise their body, plan their method and do more than one thing at a time in a set order. These activities enhance skills that may increase a child’s focus, attention span and performance within the classroom setting.
- Calming section – This section of a Sensory Circuit is the most important. The calming activities provide input to ensure that as children leave the circuit and return to the classroom they are calm, centred and ready for what is next.
1:1 Sensory input:
Children who have specific plans set by Occupational Therapists will have their input delivered by trained staff. Children who have recognised sensory needs in addition to Sensory Circuits will have 1:1 sessions in our Sensory room, Soft Play room, or outdoor space as needed to ensure their sensory needs are met each day.
A group that runs up to 3 times a week which involves sensory integration therapy in a play based activity group. The activities used in these groups are designed to help shape how the brain reacts to touch, sound, sight, and movement. These groups are tailored to the individuals within the groups to help decrease sensitivity to various textures and temperatures while working in a social setting with children in groups of up to eight children. The aim of this group is by shaping how sensations are processed by the brain, we can help children with Autism make better sense of the information they receive and use it to access everyday tasks with more ease.
Motor Skills and Academic Groups
Multi-Sensory Write Dance:
This group focuses on helping children feel happy, confident and comfortable with their bodies while improving their motor skills. This is an exciting programme that uses music and movement to introduce and build on handwriting skills using a variety of media and senses.
This highly motivating group focuses on building reading and writing skills in a small structured setting. This group is tailored for the individuals within the group to build on their phonic knowledge while learning principles of reading and writing. These lessons inspire children to develop their own ideas for writing and incorporates multi-sensory approaches to reading.
This groups focuses on small group Maths lessons in visual and kinaesthetic way. The emphasis on these lessons are on targeting gaps in Maths concepts and building their confidence with pre-teaching new skills and vocabulary. The lessons tailored to meet the needs of the individuals within the group.
Jump Ahead Groups:
This group is designed for children with motor-coordination difficulties. The group focuses on sensory motor integration and perceptual motor skills. The children work through various stages and activities while building and refining both their gross motor and fine motor skills. These groups are differentiated for the specific children within the group and adapted on a regular basis to continue to move the children on in their development. This group also involves language instruction.
Social Skills Programmes
Discrete Skill based lessons:
These groups are designed for children who need extra social skills lessons taught in a discrete manner. The groups are specifically tailored to meet the needs of the individuals within the group to ensure they receive lessons to prepare them for the social world both in the classroom and outside the classroom. The lessons teach communication skills both verbal and non verbal, how to be part of a group, expressing and managing feelings, dealing with anxieties, caring about self and others, problem solving and listening and managing conflict. This group also focuses on transition during transition periods.
Once the children have been discretely taught Social Skills they will have opportunities to apply these skills in a lively and tasty lesson! These sessions provide an activity based group that build on their newly taught skills while focusing also on speaking and listening, tasting a variety of foods and cooking. This exciting group allows children to have specific guidance and helps children learn to self-regulate socially.