All of our pupils have a Statement of Special Educational Needs and have a diagnosis of autism. Autism is a lifelong developmental disorder which impairs a child’s or young person’s natural instinct to communicate and form relationships.
The degree to which each child is affected varies but the following characteristics are common:
- Difficulty with social relationships
- Difficulty with verbal and non-verbal communication
- Lack of imaginative play
- Resistance to changes in routine
- Repetitive behaviours
- Sensory impairment
In addition to communication and social interaction difficulties, some pupils may have challenging behaviour which is carefully managed by our team of staff.
Springhallow School specialises in teaching pupils who have a diagnosis of autism. In order to meet the individual needs of all pupils, we have an eclectic approach to teaching. This includes ABA and positive behaviour support stategies, incorporating the principles of TEACCH, as well as supporting pupils’ communication through the use of Makaton and the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS).
We promote positive behaviour through our calm, structured environment. When pupils exhibit challenging behaviour we organise a Behaviour Management Plan to assist us in meeting the pupil’s needs. This plan is shared with parents.